Porter's return sooner rather than later

<b>PITTSBURGH -</b> Steelers head coach Bill Cowher had some reasonably good news at his press conference Tuesday, saying the operation to remove the bullett in linebacker Joey Porter's right thigh had gone well in Pittsburgh Monday evening and that the Pro Bowler could return to the team as early as two weeks from now.

But, Cowher cautioned, it could also take up to eight weeks if there are any setbacks.

"That's really as much as I can say about it really," Cowher said. While two weeks would be very optimistic, it's more likely Porter will be out about four weeks, meaning he could return to practice by the end of September.

In other news Tuesday, Cowher announced that Todd Fordham had won the starting right tackle position after a less-than-heated battle with Oliver Ross.

Quarterback Tommy Maddox will also continue in his role as holder after the team experimented with receiver Antwaan Randle El at that position in training camp.

The team also finalized its practice squad, signing offensive tackle Watts Sanderson, a 6-5, 305-pounder from South Carolina.

Sanderson had been in camp with the Arizona Cardinals.

Dale Lolley

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