-- LB Joey Porter is practicing and will likely play in his first game Sunday against Cincinnati. Porter was shot Aug. 31, the 9mm bullet passing through his buttocks and into his thigh.
-- RB Verron Haynes is
questionable with a hyperextended knee. If he cannot play, starter Amos Zereoue
probably will also play on third downs. He did not practice on
-- WR Antwaan Randle
El, who caught 47 passes as a
rookie, has just four for 28 yards after two games.
Jerome Bettis has rushed for 100 yards 10 times in his 14 games against the
Bengals, but he's no longer the starting halfback. He's the NFL's third-leading
rusher since he came to the Steelers in 1996 with 8,472 yards.
-- QB Tommy Maddox leads the NFL with 596 passing yards, but he is third from
the bottom in the AFC with a 44.4 passer rating on third downs.
--C Jeff Hartings has an ankle injury to go with his chronic knee soreness. He
is questionable and would be replaced by Chukky Okobie, who did a good job last
season when he played for an injured Hartings.
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