Porter Looking For 100th Sack

Steelers Notebook includes progress report on Jason Worilds, more.

PITTSBURGH – Joey Porter stands fourth on the Steelers' all-time sacks list with 60, but the team felt he was over the hill when they released him after the 2006 season, his eighth in the league.

Five years later, Porter's still in the league. He's the blind-side pass-rusher for the Arizona Cardinals and will start Sunday's game, his third against the Steelers since his release.

"Man, he was washed up back then," said Steelers linebacker James Farrior. "I don't even know how he's still in the league right now."

Farrior, of course, was joking. He has great respect for Porter, who's now 34 and has only one sack for the Cardinals.

Porter, though, has 38 sacks since leaving Pittsburgh, putting him only two away from the 100-sack milestone for his pro career. There's little doubt he'd love to do it against the Steelers.

Porter has played against his former team twice and lost both times. But in the 2009 finale, with Miami, he sacked quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and in 2007 he intercepted Roethlisberger in the infamous 3-0 "Muck Bowl" at Heinz Field.

Farrior has remained in touch with Porter and said "He's still the same guy. He's still always putting some kind of challenge out there for somebody."

Does Farrior expect to hear of a challenge from Porter this week?

"Yeah, I expect something," Farrior said. "I know he's not going to be quiet and just let this game pass him by. I'm sure he's going to have something to say to try to get his team fired up in some kind of manner." But Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn't heard anything from Porter – yet.

"I am sure as we move through the week, and it gets closer to gameday, I am sure that chatter will pick up a little bit," Whisenhunt said.

WORILDS PICKS UP

The ROLB succession since Porter left may lead to Jason Worilds making his first NFL start this Sunday.

With James Harrison injured, Lawrence Timmons had to move outside because Worilds, the second-year backup, was injured when "the sniper got me."

That's how Worilds explained his left quadriceps strain. He went down against the Houston Texans three Sundays ago, but after missing two games he's feeling better and is hoping to start Sunday in Arizona.

"I did run a little bit with the first team," Worilds said of Wednesday's practice. "They were mixing it up, but I have no clue (about the coach's game-day plan)."

Worilds is certainly in the mix to start, or at least play on passing downs. Also expect Marcus Gilbert to return to his starting right tackle position and Chris Kemoeatu to return to his starting left guard position since they've also returned this week from injuries.

The Steelers who missed Wednesday's practice: NT Casey Hampton (shoulder), NT Chris Hoke (neck), Harrison (eye), G Doug Legursky (toe), DE Aaron Smith (foot), WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) and WR Hines Ward (non-injury related).

X'S & O'S

Rashard Mendenhall was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown last week in the Steelers' 17-13 win over Jacksonville. … The Steelers signed safety Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith and defensive lineman Elisha Joseph to their practice squad and released running back Tristan Davis and linebacker Mortty Ivy. It's possible that Ivy will be re-signed once the Steelers' injury crisis on their defensive line has passed.


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