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12-04-2006, 06:11 PM
Cowher says there could be two new starters against Browns

By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, December 4, 2006

Steelers coach Bill Cowher said there could be two more new starters for Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

Rookie free safety Anthony Smith could make his first NFL start, replacing Ryan Clark, who suffered a groin injury in Sunday's 20-3 win over Tampa Bay, said Cowher.

Also, rookie wide receiver Santonio Holmes will replace Cedrick Wilson in the lineup if Wilson can't play because of a high ankle sprain suffered against Tampa Bay, said Cowher. Wide receiver Hines Ward and safety Troy Polamalu, who both suffered knee injuries against Baltimore, are also expected to miss the Cleveland game.

Nate Washington started for Ward, and Tyrone Carter replaced Polamalu in the lineup.

"Ryan Clark and Cedrick Wilson, I'm not sure they'll be able to make it on a short week. Certainly even with Troy and Hines," Cowher said. "We're still in the process of seeing where we are with the injuries."

Cowher is considering adding some players to address roster depth.

The Steelers will face a familiar opponent this week. The Steelers defeated the Browns 24-20 last month in Cleveland, but the Browns have a new quarterback, Derek Anderson, who replaced injured starter Charlie Frye and authored a 31-28 overtime win over Kansas City on Sunday.

"He was impressive," Cowher said of Anderson, who was 12-of-21 for 171 yards and led scoring drives of 81, 70 and 63 yards.

Anderson is expected to make his first NFL start against the Steelers.

"What they did to come back from 14 points down against Kansas City. He had a big scramble in overtime to set up the winning field goal," Cowher said. "Showed really good composure."

Cowher changed the Steelers preparation for Cleveland. In three previous Thursday games, Cowher gave the players Monday off. This time, however, Cowher scheduled a Monday practice. Several players who attended the funeral for Johnnie Bettis, the father of former teammate Jerome Bettis, in Detroit, were scheduled to return in time for practice.

The Steelers were 0-3 under Cowher in three previous Thursday games played during the season.

"A little different (this time)," Cowher said of his game-week preparation. "Today is kind of like a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesay all in one.

"It's important that we get thinking right now on Cleveland."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_482637.html

polamalufan43
12-04-2006, 09:10 PM
It's going to be harder now that we have alot of starters out. I think we can do it, but it will be a low scoring game. I think we really need the starters back at this point, but they shouldn't play if they're injured. Like many have said before, playing hurt and playing injured are two totally different things.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

NV STEELERS 723
12-04-2006, 10:05 PM
The betting line is STEELERS -9 here..... no way they cover that ...not against the rival hated browns.... take the browns +9

fansince'76
12-04-2006, 10:08 PM
The betting line is STEELERS -9 here..... no way they cover that ...not against the rival hated browns.... take the browns +9

41-0 and another body slam. :hehe: