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Matt Feiler and Robert Spillane activated from reserve/injured list. Both are expected to start.


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The Steelers announced today that they've activated left guard Matt Feiler and inside linebacker Robert Spillane to the 53-man roster from the reserve/injured list. The team also elevated tight end Kevin Rader to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived outside linebacker Tegray Scales.


Spillane suffered a knee injury against the Washington Football Team in Week 13 and was placed on the reserved/injured list on Dec. 12. Feiler suffered a pectoral injury against the Buffalo Bills in Week 14 and was placed on the reserve/injured list on Dec. 14.


Mike Tomlin at his weekly press conference on Tuesday said they'll have some tough decisions to make with the potential of Spillane and Feiler returning. Now that it's official, it will be interesting to see if Tomlin makes any changes to the starting lineup.


Dotson has been excellent in his rookie season and has really excelled in the last three games with Feiler out. Tomlin said on Tuesday he won't ponder Feiler starting over Dotson unless he can go. Well now that Feiler got the green light, Tomlin will have to make a crucial call. According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, both Feiler and Spillane are expected to start against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night in the wild-card game.