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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have made their choice at outside linebacker, and it isnt LaMarr Woodley. wholesale jerseys china . A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the Steelers will part ways with the former Pro Bowler, a move that hardly serves as a surprise after fifth-year linebacker Jason Worilds agreed to accept a "transition player" tag last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move is not yet official. The 29-year-old Woodley will likely be designated a post-June 1 salary cap cut, but is free to sign with another team when the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon. By postponing the move until after June 1, the Steelers would free up about $8 million in salary cap space in 2014. The money saved will likely go toward signing the teams selections in the NFL Draft in May. Woodley will, however, count $8.5 million against the teams cap number in 2015. Woodley signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy. He missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons as hamstring and other lower body issues kept him sidelined for long stretches. The turning point came in a 25-17 win over New England on Oct. 30, 2011. Woodley sacked Tom Brady twice in that game but also left with a strained hamstring. He had nine sacks at the time of the injury, played in two games the rest of the way and could never seem to rediscover the productivity that made Woodley and James Harrison one of the most feared outside linebacker combinations in the league. The Steelers released Harrison last March and selected Jarvis Jones in the first round of the 2013 draft, making him the heir apparent to Harrison. Jones finished with just one sack but appeared to get better as the season progressed. Woodley did not. He failed to get a sack after Oct. 20 and ended the season on injured reserve. While Woodley sat with calf problems, Worilds thrived. He led Pittsburgh with eight sacks despite playing across from a rookie still adjusting to the league. The decision to release Woodley is the latest in a busy week for the Steelers, who have been forced to become aggressive to get under the salary cap by Tuesday. Safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller signed more cap-friendly contracts last week, while Pittsburgh also released offensive tackle Levi Brown, cornerback Curtis Brown and linebacker Larry Foote. The Steelers agreed to terms with safety Will Allen. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported wide receiver Antonio Brown restructured his contract. The Steelers also restructured CB Ike Taylors contract to save cap room. All the movement, however, is unlikely to make the typically conservative Steelers major players when free agency begins. wholesale nfl jerseys . X-rays showed no breaks, coach Leslie Frazier said afterward, and Peterson was still in his shoulder pads on the sideline during the second half. He will have an MRI to make sure theres no more damage. cheap nfl jerseys . The Dutchmans tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Starks clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim.OAKLAND, Calif. - So confident in his sinkerball starter, Toronto manager John Farrell left Luis Perez in the game to get out of his own bases-loaded jam with the game on the line. Perez calmly took care of it composed, as if hed done this many times before. Perez pitched six brilliant innings in his first big league start and combined with Casey Janssen on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista connected for his majors-best 36th home run to send the Blue Jays over the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Sunday. "I felt great. I wasnt feeling tired," Perez said through his translator, Blue Jays coach Luis Rivera. "I was happy he had the confidence in me to pitch and finish the inning with the bases loaded." Bautista broke up a scoreless game with a deep drive into the left-field bleachers on the 10th pitch he saw from Guillermo Moscoso (6-7) leading off the seventh. Perez (3-2) didnt allow an As runner until Cliff Pennington drew a five-pitch walk to start the sixth. Jemile Weeks later singled up the middle to load the bases, but Perez induced an inning-ending double play by Coco Crisp with his final pitch. Perez had made 29 relief appearances this season and was a starter throughout his minor league career. "Hes a confident kid," catcher J.P. Arencibia said. "If hes going to get beat, hes going to get beat attacking guys." The 26-year-old left-hander Oaklands ninth opposing lefty starter in 14 games struck out four and walked two while throwing 80 pitches. He baffled Oaklands hitters with a fastball that moved and also mixed in his changeup. Pretty good for a guy who hadnt gone more than four innings since May 15 while in triple-A. For his career, he had only eight appearances of two or more innings in the big leagues. Perez said he didnt think about being perfect or his no-hit bid, but rather to keep going after the Oakland batters. "I hadnt started a game and I didnt know how far I was going to go," Perez said. "Mentally I stayed strong. Each inning I pitched better and better. I kept attacking hitters and throwing strikes." Janssen struck out five in three innings, earning his second save in three chances this season and ninth of his career. Closer Frank Francisco warmed up but his shoulder stiffened up and he couldnt go. "When you have well-pitched games like that it looks like the offence is down and dragging a little bit," As manager Bob Melvin said. "But both pitchers were terrific. One pitch ended up deciding the game." Perez got some nice early help from his defence. Weeks hit a flare to right field to begin the fourth that looked like it might fall in, but Bautista who was a late scratch for Saturday nights loss with tightness in his neck made a sliding catch for the out. wholesale jerseys. Two batters later, Perez fell behind 2-0 to Hideki Matsui before coming back to retire the As designated hitter on a swinging strikeout. Bautista made another tough play with a backhanded grab after running down Brandon Allens deep fly ball just shy of warning track in the fifth. Toronto had scored 46 runs over six games, including a 7-0 win in the series opener Thursday night, but has been held to two total runs since. There were three shutouts in the four-game series. "This was a well pitched series all around," Farrell said. "To think three shutouts were thrown. This is not an easy ballpark to score in." Bautista also hit a ninth-inning triple after centre-fielder Crisp lost the ball in the sun. Moscoso pitched well enough to win had he received any support. He allowed one run on three hits, struck out seven and walked one in eight innings, throwing 109 pitches. "Sometimes youre going to have great days like this and youre going to get the loss. That was today," he said. NOTES: The season series wound up 5-5. The As havent won the season matchup with Toronto since 2007. ... As RHP reliever Michael Wuertz threw a 20-pitch bullpen session, his first outing off a mound since going on the DL July 30 with right thumb tendinitis. Wuertz will not make the road trip with the team but rather throw another bullpen in the Bay Area before heading out on a rehab assignment. "It was good just to get back off the mound," said Wuertz, who hopes to be activated when the team returns from a 10-game East Coast trek. "Sept. 2, thats a good target date." ... Toronto INF Adam Lind, who came out of Saturdays game after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch from Gio Gonzalez, could be back in the lineup Tuesday vs. the Royals following an off-day Monday. Lind took batting practice before Sundays game but was still in pain. X-rays were negative at a hospital. "Youd like to think every stadium is equipped with that kind of machinery but thats not the case," Farrell said. ... Toronto released LHP Trever Miller. He was designated for assignment Aug. 16. ... Both teams have off-days Monday. Brandon McCarthy (6-6) pitches for the As on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium looking for a career-best seventh win. He is 5-1 with a 4.10 ERA since the All-Star break. ... Toronto wrapped up a seven-game road trip and will send RHP Brandon Morrow (9-7) to the mound Tuesday vs. Kansas City. ' ' '
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