And, Cowher said, the changes may not end there, as rookie Ike Taylor may move up to replace Townsend in the nickel and dime defenses, with Washington getting buried completely in the dog house.
"That's a strong possibility," Cowher said of Taylor seeing his first
playing time of the season in the nickel and dime defenses.
"I haven't made a determination on the rest of the packages."
Cowher replaced Washington with Townsend late in Sunday's loss at Seattle
after Washington missed a tackle on a long catch and run by receiver Darrell Jackson.
But, Cowher noted, his decision to bench Washington was not based solely on
that one play.
"I think he needs to sit back and look at it," Cowher said. "I think there's
a lack of confidence right now and that has more to do with it than
In other news, Cowher declared offensive tackle Marvel Smith out for
Sunday's game, but said Smith is very close to returning.
"He's made great improvement and there's a strong possibility he'll
participate in full contact practices next week," Cowher said of Smith.
Tight end Jay Riemersma is questionable with a sprained knee, as is
linebacker Clint Kriewaldt with a hamstring.
Cowher said both are expected to try to practice Wednesday.
Plaxico Burress (shoulder), Chidi Iwuoma (groin), Lee Mays (back) and Taylor
(finger) are probable.
Washington out, Townsend in
Steel City Insider Top Stories
Steelers Lock Up Top WeaponsThe Steelers have locked up Le'Veon Bell for at least a year and Antonio Brown for five.
Steel City Insider1:47 PM
Ask Wex IIAnswers to customer questions put to SCI publisher Jim Wexell in regard to anything and everything Steelers.
Steel City InsiderSaturday at 11:31 AM
Ask WexSCI publisher Jim Wexell answers customer questions in the first of a two-part weekend series.
Steel City InsiderThursday at 8:21 AM
Steelers in Free Agency: DefenseIn part two of the Steelers' look at free agency, Dale Lolley examines the defenders.
Steel City Insider02/20/2017
Wolfley: Keep Timmons, Shazier TogetherLawrence Timmons has played in an 120 consecutive regular-season games, of which he's started 101 straight, NFL highs for linebackers. Craig Wolfley believes those streaks should…
Steel City Insider02/19/2017