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|10-04-2006, 07:25 AM||#1|
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Colclough has neck injury, May not play
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Cornerback Ricardo Colclough, whose muffed punt in the fourth quarter helped the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Steelers in their last game, may not play in their next one.
Colclough has a mysterious neck injury that coach Bill Cowher said "surfaced" over the Steelers' off week and was discovered only Monday. He listed him as questionable for the Sunday night game in San Diego.
Cowher also listed halfback Najeh Davenport as questionable. Davenport's right calf was strained in practice Monday.
The good news for the Steelers is that not only were those the only two players hurt on their week off, but that Troy Polamalu healed some more. Cowher listed Polamalu as probable this week. While the Pro Bowl safety has not missed a game, his right shoulder that was injured in the opener left him weaker and questionable going into the past two contests.
Cowher said Colclough's neck injury is "something that surfaced as he came back from the weekend. We're getting tests as we speak. We'll have more information as the week goes on."
Cowher was encouraged by Polamalu's progress.
"A lot, yeah, he really did. He'll attest to that. He was running around yesterday. And it's gotten better each week. The bye helped a lot. ... We're relatively healthy heading into Week 4 for us."
Time for a change
Colclough's muffed punt was recovered by the Bengals at the Steelers' 9 midway through the fourth quarter, and they scored the go-ahead touchdown on the next play.
Even if healthy, Colclough will no longer return punts. Rookies Santonio Holmes and Willie Reid and veteran Cedrick Wilson are candidates to replace him. Cowher would prefer to use Reid, but must decide whether to activate him for a game for the first time.
Punishment fits the crime
Cowher thought the punishment Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth received for stomping on Dallas center Andre Gurode's face fit the crime.
"I thought it was dealt with appropriately."
He received a five-game suspension.
"The minimum in my mind," Cowher said.
October and Cowher go together
By the end of the month, the Steelers under Cowher usually celebrate HalloWin. October is Cowher's best month, with a 39-14 record.
"I don't look at the past years to see what any month is going to bring or any year is going to bring," Cowher said. "The biggest thing is the players not to get caught up in looking at Baltimore or what Cincinnati's doing. We've just got to get better as a football team.
"There's too much football left to get caught up in all those other things except for us.
"You've got to be narrow-minded and short-term focused when it comes to this time of year. There's a lot of football left to be played, and we're playing a good football team. The focus needs to be on San Diego and us getting better this week."
Sunday night has not been kind to the Steelers. They are 10-11 overall, although they've won their past two and are 7-6 under Cowher. ... They are 6-2 in California under Cowher, 3-1 in San Diego, including a late, 24-22 victory last October. ... The Steelers have won five in a row against AFC West teams, including their AFC championship victory in Denver in January. ... The Steelers are 4-1 after their past five bye weeks, including that win in San Diego last Oct. 10.
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