Saturday, October 08, 2005
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Matt Freed, Post-Gazette
A calf injury will keep Tommy Maddox out of the game Monday vs. San Diego.
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The Steelers will likely be without their top backup quarterback against the San Diego Chargers. And they might have a new backup running back, too.
Tommy Maddox's right calf was strained when he dropped back to pass in practice yesterday and had to be carted from the indoor practice field. He was listed as doubtful for the game Monday night in San Diego, elevating veteran Charlie Batch to the top position behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Maddox was not available for comment after practice.
"When it happened, he stayed in the next play," Batch said. "After that he went off to the side. But I'm still preparing the same way. You have to be ready for everything."
That might not be the only change on the depth chart.
Running back Jerome Bettis, who hasn't played since his calf was injured in the third preseason game against the Washington Redskins, will play against the Chargers and probably be the No. 2 back behind Willie Parker.
That means Duce Staley, who missed the entire preseason and the first two games of the regular season, could be deactivated against the Chargers.
Staley dressed for the Sept. 25 game against New England, but he appeared for only three plays and did not touch the ball. He hasn't had a carry since the AFC championship game and the Steelers are concerned about his lack of activity.
Right tackle Max Starks' ankle was injured in practice and he was added to the team's injury report. He was listed as probable and should play against the Chargers.
Wide receiver Hines Ward, who aggravated a hamstring injury in practice Wednesday, returned to practice. He remains questionable on the injury report.
Linebacker Joey Porter (knee), who was upgraded to probable, has practiced every day and will play in San Diego.