Santonio Holmes will return to play and go back to his starting job at split end, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. Tomlin said there would be no more disciplinary action taken against Holmes, who was charged last week with possession of a small amount of marijuana.
"Satisfactory action has taken place from our standpoint," Tomlin said.
Tomlin deactivated Holmes for last Sunday's game against the New York Giants, who beat the Steelers 21-14 in Heinz Field. Holmes' absence was felt because Ben Roethlisberger had a rough day passing -- he completed just 13 of 29 and was intercepted four times.
The NFL has declined comment on Holmes, but it's unlikely the league will suspend him. Tomlin said the league will wait to see what happens with Holmes' criminal case. Holmes will be mailed a summons after police reportedly found the drugs in his car Thursday.
The Steelers, though, have other pressing issues as they prepare to play at Washington next Monday. It looks as though starting free safety Ryan Clark will miss the game with a dislocated shoulder. Tyrone Carter would replace him.
That's a big drop-off for the Steelers, who learned just how valuable Clark was to their defense when he missed the second half of last season after his spleen was removed. Carter is slower and does not have Clark's instincts.