Steelers OT Smith Doubtful For Monday Night

<b>PITTSBURGH -</b> Marvel Smith is getting closer to being 100 percent healthy again, but Steelers head coach Bill Cowher still listed the offensive tackle as doubtful to play in Monday night's game at San Francisco.

"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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