"All the tests have been positive," Cowher said Tuesday. "His shoulder strength is fine, his arm strength is good, but he's still lacking strength in his chest."
Apparently happy with the way the team's offensive line has
played the last couple of weeks, Cowher said he's not going to
rush Smith back into the lineup and risk the offensive tackle
aggravating the pinched nerve in his neck that has cost him
most of this season.
"We've waited this long, I'd hate to rush him," Cowher said.
Unfortunately, Smith's injury is not the only one the Steelers have
to deal with this week on their beleaguered offensive line.
Right tackle Oliver Ross is questionable to play this week
because of a lateral ankle sprain.
If Ross and Smith are unable to play, Todd Fordham may be
pressed back into duty, something that cannot be a happy
thought for quarterback Tommy Maddox.
With Ross at right tackle the past two weeks, Maddox has been
sacked just three times. He had been sacked 23 times in the
seven games before that.
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