One Smith in, one out for Steelers
By Joe Starkey
Friday, October 26, 2007
Anthony Smith will start at free safety for the Steelers on Sunday at Cincinnati, in place of Ryan Clark, who did not practice this week after leaving the game last Sunday at Denver because of an inflamed spleen.
Clark isn't the only Steelers starter on the shelf. Defensive end Aaron Smith (knee sprain) will miss the game, and nickel back Bryant McFadden (high ankle sprain) likely will sit out, though he practiced on a limited basis this week.
Aaron Smith was able to jog along the sidelines during practice Friday. Nick Eason likely will start in his place Sunday.
Anthony Smith will make his sixth career start. One of those was the season finale last year in Cincinnati, a 23-17 Steelers victory that ruined the Bengals' playoff hopes.
Smith said he spent part of that game jawing with Cincinnati's talkative wide receivers, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson.
"I had a little altercation with Houshmandzadeh," Smith said. "I got the best of that battle."
Asked which receiver is more talkative during a game, Smith said, "Johnson, a little bit. When they're up, they talk a lot more. When they're down, they don't talk that much."