"The thought did cross my mind, but it was more hypothetical wishful thinking type of situation. I didn't think it would happen," Gado said.
Gado was thrust into action on Green Bay's second series of the game. Rashard Lee, who started in placed of the injured Fisher (fractured rib), fumbled the ball away on his second carry of the game. Coach Mike Sherman turned to Gado, who first joined the Packers' practice squad on Oct. 17 and was promoted to the active roster a day before Green Bay's game at Cincinnati last week.
Gado ran once for eight yards against the Bengals. He finished with 62 yards for an average of 2.4 yards per carry against the stingy Steelers defense. Gado's longest run of the game was 10 yards. He just missed breaking a couple of runs for long gains but couldn't break loose.
"Yes, and that was frustrating," the mild-mannered Gado said. "I was so close to breaking a few long runs. One of the thinks that Coach Sherman said is everyone needs to accept responsibility for a loss. I really feel that there were some run that if I could have done something different, I could have put this team in a much better position than it was at the end of the game."
It is possible that Gado will start at running back in Green Bay's upcoming game against the Falcons at Atlanta. Fisher is expected to miss at least two weeks with the rib injury. Besides Lee, Walter Williams, signed on Oct. 25, is the only other healthy running back on the roster.
"I thought Sam did a very good job for a guy who hadn't played before," said Sherman. "I thought he held onto the football. That was his number-one priority. I told him, ‘Just hang onto the football. That's a critical thing.' He did that. He scored a touchdown. I thought he ran hard, picked his holes against a good defense. I thought he ran well."
Defensive tackle Corey Williams left the game with a bruised calf with 3:50 left in the third quarter and did not return.
Did not suit up
Running back Tony Fisher was among the players on on Green Bay's 45-man game day roster. A magnetic resonance imaging test taken on Fisher, who practiced Wednesday and Thursday, revealed that he has a fractured rib. Coach Mike Sherman said he will be out for at least two weeks.
Fisher started in place of the injured Ahman Green Oct. 30 at Cincinnati. Fisher was replaced in the starting lineup by Rashard Lee.
Others who did not suit up for the Packers were linebacker Na'il Diggs, offensive lineman Chris White and Junius Coston, tight end David Martin, wide receiver Robert Ferguson, and defensive tackle Donnell Washington. Craig Nall was the team's designated third quarterback.
Along with Fisher, Ferguson (sprained knee), Martin (groin), and Diggs (sprained knee) may be ready to play in Green Bay's upcoming game against the Falcons in Atlanta.
-- Brett Favre's streak of 24 games (27 including playoffs) at Lambeau Field with a touchdown pass ended. Favre completed 20 of 35 passes for 214 yards and no touchdowns.
-- Pittsburgh has won six of the last eight meetings against Green Bay in the series.
-- Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins block of Jeff Reed's 51-yard field goal attempt on the first play of the fourth quarter was his third blocked kick attempt this season. Jenkins also has blocked to extra point attempts.
-- Wide receiver Donald Driver has caught a pass in 56 straight games, fourth longest in Packers history. Former wide receiver and Hall of Famer James Lofton (58) and former running back Edgar Bennett (60) are within range for Driver. Sterling Sharpe tops the list with a catch in 103 straight games.
-- The Packers fell to 0-3 against AFC North Division teams this season. Green Bay lost 26-24 to Cleveland on Sept. 18 and 21-14 to Cincinnati on Oct. 30. The Packers play the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 19 in Baltimore.
-- Antonio Chatman surpassed former safety Johnnie Gray on the team's all-time punt return list with four returns. Chatman now has 88 returns and is fourth on the all-time list ahead of Gray, who played for the Packers from 1975-83.
-- Chatman had a career-long 36-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
-- Linebacker Robert Thomas made his first career interception in the first quarter.
-- Running back Walter Williams notched his first career catch, a 19-yard reception in the third quarter.