Pro Dawgs Update: Steelers Shine on Monday Night

Former Georgia stars <b>Hines Ward</b> and <b>Kendrell Bell</b> are a big part of the Steelers' run to a 5-1 record.

On Monday Night, Steelers flanker Hines Ward resumed his slash role from college. Ward caught two passes for 20 yards and one touchdown, rushed once for 36 yards after lining up as the quarterback, and threw an incomplete pass in the end zone. Ward is Kordell Stewart's go-to receiver and leads the Steelers with 33 receptions for 331 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Rookie linebacker Kendrell Bell led the defense with 8 tackles and a sack. The second-round draft pick is quickly making a reputation for himself as a big hitter. Sports Illustrated's Peter King recently called Bell the best young hitter in the NFL and ridiculed the Cowboys for selecting another Dawg Quincy Carter instead of Bell in the draft. Bell is second on the team with 30 tackles and 4 sacks.

The Steelers defeated the Titans 34-7.

Notes: 49ers running back Garrison Hearst scored his first touchdown since 1998 on a 60-yard reception on Sunday against the Bears. Hearst leads the 49ers with 351 yards on 80 carries and is second with 19 catches for 220 yards. Dallas QB Quincy Carter is expected to be out for another month following surgery to repair a torn hamstring. Jets rookie CB Jamie Henderson blocked a punt which was returned 7 yards for a touchdown. "We kind of drew it up on the sidelines," said Henderson, a 4th-round pick of the Jets this year. "Coach Westhoff being the mastermind of special teams and drawing up things, he visualized it and we ran it. The whole credit goes to coach Westhoff. He just put me in the right place at the right time." The Jets won 13-12 over the Panthers. Jumaine Jones made his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers last night after being traded by the 76ers in the offseason. Jones scored 12 points on 6-11 shooting in the center position.

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