Out with the old, in with the older?

Everyone expected some lineup changes after the Steelers' 24-20 loss to Cincinnati Sunday that effectively knocked them out of playoff contention. <br><br> What they didn't expect was that another move at cornerback would be among them.

Chad Scott was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a torn ligament in his finger that needed immediate surgery. And head coach Bill Cowher said former starter Dewayne Washington, who had been banished to the bench a few weeks ago, would move back into the lineup.

"(Chad's) injury was one that required surgery within 10 days," Cowher said of the decision to end Scott's season with four games remaining on the schedule.

He also added that he feels Washington, "gives us the best opportunity to win," the rest of the way.

Washington had been replaced due to ineffective play a few weeks ago by veteran Deshea Townsend, with rookie Ike Taylor moving up to the third cornerback spot. So why did Cowher replace Scott with Washington and not Taylor?

"Our plans are to win football games, we're not going to sacrifice that in the name of getting guys experience," Cowher said.

To replace Scott on the active roster, the Steelers activated safety Russell Stuvaints from their practice squad. Cowher said they will look to replace Stuvaints on the practice squad with another cornerback.

In other news Tuesday, Cowher said offensive tackle Marvel Smith will miss Sunday's game against Oakland, while quarterback Tommy Maddox is listed as "questionable" to play with the knee injury he suffered at the end of the first half against Cincinnati.


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