Steelers Wednesday Notebook:

Brett Keisel's back on the field, prouder than ever, and Ben Roethlisberger isn't even thinking about those who wish him harm. Also, Bills coach Chan Gailey on Steelers' 5-WR sets, new and old.

PITTSBURGH – Brett Keisel didn't feel any frustration as he sat out of Sunday's game with his hamstring injury.

In fact, Keisel became elated that day when his wife Sarah told him it was time to go to the hospital.

Grace Keisel, the couple's second child, was ready to come into the world.

"It just worked out," said Keisel. "We really weren't planning on going. We were planning on resting up for another week and getting her induced Monday. Sunday morning she's like ‘We've gotta go.'

"She's beautiful. Mom and her are both healthy and were able to come home today, so I'm a happy guy. Her birthday present was a big trouncing of the Oakland Raiders. It was just an incredible all-around day."

The Steelers won, 35-3, and Keisel's wife and little girl came home Wednesday, the same day he returned to the practice field to begin preparations for Sunday's game in Buffalo.

How did his hamstring feel?

"I felt good out there," he said after practice. "I still haven't kicked it into that last gear. We're waiting to do that. But it felt really good today and I plan on just moving forward. No more steps backward, only forward."


Ben Roethlisberger was asked Wednesday about Terrell Owens's comment on a TV show that Roethlisberger was "soft" for, apparently, the way he took Richard Seymour's punch last Sunday.

"I don't need to comment on that," Roethlisberger said. "I'm trying to focus on winning a championship."

The Steelers are 7-3 and preparing to play important games down the season's homestretch. Owens and the Cincinnati Bengals are 2-8. The next question to Roethlisberger went in search of his reaction to Seymour's puny $25,000 fine for the post-whistle punch to Roethlisberger's jaw.

"Once again that's something from last week," Roethlisberger said. "You have a lot of comments on things, but you keep them to yourself because you have to focus on moving forward. If you focus on those things and dwell on them, then you're living in the past and we have to live in the here and now."


Buffalo Bill coach Chan Gailey said that Bill Cowher was "excited – ecstatic" when Gailey, then the Steelers' WRs coach, proposed to the head coach a five-wide receiver set.

"He loves that stuff," Gailey said yesterday. "He's an innovative guy himself, defensively, so he loved that stuff."

The Steelers used the set quite a bit in 1995 on their way to the Super Bowl. Of course, one of the receivers was rookie quarterback Kordell Stewart.

"I don't think very many Steelers fans knew there were five [wide receivers] on the team," Gailey said. "They realized there might be two or three, but to split five guys out at that time when it was a – I don't want to say run-oriented only – but it had been pretty heavy [on the] run and that's how we made our mark. The good thing is even when we did that it was kind of a novelty. We still won games running the football and playing defense."

Gailey was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1996 and held the position for two seasons.

Last Sunday, in one of the rare instances since he left, the Steelers trotted out a five-WR set against the Raiders.

"Yes, I saw that," Gailey said. "That's amazing. They're trying to create a lot of different wrinkles now and I think it's helping them."

When was the last time the Steelers used five WRs on the field at the same time?

"My rookie year probably," Hines Ward said of 1998, the season after Gailey left. "It's been a long, long time. We've got some good talent and we try to exploit matchup problems. A lot of teams in the league don't have five great cornerbacks they can dress up and go, so we like to put guys in a position where they have a chance to succeed."


The Steelers worked in pads for the second consecutive Wednesday and were without the following players: WR Antonio Brown (knee), SS Troy Polamalu (ankle), DE Aaron Smith (triceps) and TE Matt Spaeth (concussion.)

Buffalo Bills who missed Wednesday's practice were: T Demetrius Bell (knee), LB Keith Ellison (knee), DE Spencer Johnson (knee), LB Chris Kelsay (knee), CB Terrence McGee (knee), LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles' tendon), RB C.J. Spiller (hamstring), DT Kyle Williams (ankle) and G Eric Wood (ankle).

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