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Old 11-19-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Notebook: Smith's ailing back still unresolved

Steelers Notebook: Smith's ailing back still unresolved
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Offensive tackle Marvel Smith will miss his sixth consecutive game tomorrow, but he and the Steelers' doctors are still trying to determine whether he should have back surgery.

Smith had a diskechtomy in December to remove a herniated disk in his lower back that was jammed against a nerve. He said this spring that he felt great because of the surgery. But he left in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' game Oct. 5 at Jacksonville and has not played since.

Coach Mike Tomlin has said his recent back problems are not related to last year's.

"Marvel is still status quo," Tomlin said yesterday. Asked if he were going to have surgery, the coach said, "I don't know at this point."

Max Starks will make his sixth start tomorrow at left tackle in place of Smith.

Miller's return likely
Tight end Heath Miller likely will return to play against the Cincinnati Bengals after missing the past two games with a high ankle sprain.

Miller went through a full practice yesterday and is not on the injury report this week.

He would be the only player to return from the injured. Cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and Deshea Townsend remain out, although McFadden is practicing and shooting for a possible return next week.

"Really, we're a team in relatively good health at this time," Tomlin said. "We came out of Sunday evening's game pretty good."

Parker's short-yardage use
Willie Parker said after Sunday's game that he was not used in their one goal-line situation and in two short-yardage tries in the second half because the Steelers were trying to protect his injured shoulder.

Tomlin laughed about that one.

"I didn't have that conversation with Willie Parker. Maybe his running-back coach did. I am for ringing up the scoreboard, and if Willie can get in there, I am going to hand it to him."

Baker on practice squad
Wide receiver Dallas Baker, cut by the Steelers Saturday so they could add rookie defensive back Roy Williams to the roster, was signed to the practice squad.

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Old 11-19-2008, 09:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Smith's ailing back still unresolved

Where are all the posters that were upset that we didn't sign him to a long term deal this past offseason??

Maybe keeping Starks around at 7 mill wasn't such a bad idea after all.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Smith's ailing back still unresolved

keeping starks around was a good idea but at 7 million thats a joke.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:23 AM   #4
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Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Smith's ailing back still unresolved

With smith being an unrestricted free agent - its in his best interest to have surgey and to be healthy entering free agency. if he was already signed to a long term deal he would be more likely to play out the season but saying that it is scary investing mega money on a player with perrenial back problems
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:32 PM   #5
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Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Smith's ailing back still unresolved

I think Smith will retire.
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Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Smith's ailing back still unresolved

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Where are all the posters that were upset that we didn't sign him to a long term deal this past offseason??

Maybe keeping Starks around at 7 mill wasn't such a bad idea after all.
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keeping starks around was a good idea but at 7 million thats a joke.
Yep, it was.

and at 7 mill.. it was a great idea.

Come on, think through this. If Starks walks this year because we don't want to keep him, we owe NOTHING. No cap hit, PERIOD.

If we signed him last year to what, a 7 million contract plus signing bonus over 5 years, which is NOTHING for lineman now, we could be hit with 2, 3 mill in dead money. We had the cap space last year to do it, barely, it was a great 1 year use of cap space and money.
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:56 PM   #7
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Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Smith's ailing back still unresolved

it does seem to be good now. since smith is hurt again.. and like preach said.. we gave him 1 , to see what he still has, and maybe to see if smith can go thru a yr being healthy
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