Pittsburgh Steelers Week 3 Notes

WR Hines Ward, a three-time Pro Bowler, leads the NFL with 250 yards receiving. Ward dominates the Steelers' receiving stats with 13 catches.

Antwaan Randle El is second with four and Plaxico Burress is second with 43 yards. What's more, Ward averages 19.2 yards a game. His career average is 11.9.

"This year, I was just focused on being consistent," Ward said. "I didn't know how much more I could improve on my game. I just have to maintain that level of consistency to do it week in and week out. For the past couple of years I've been fortunate enough to do that. It's still week two, it's still early but it's great just to see that I'm improving and playing on a consistent level. I have to continue to do that, to help this team out as much as possible."

LB Kendrell Bell groin is questionable. Bell hasn't played since the first exhibition game.

CB Chad Scott groin is questionable. If Scott cannot play, rookie Ricardo Colclough would make his first start.

LB Joey Porter's push of injured tight end Todd Heap of Baltimore during a clock-stopping spike play Sunday did not win Cowher's approval.

"We talked about it," the coach said. "It was not condoned. I think a lot more has been made of it than needs to be. It was talked about with the team and was not condoned."

QB Mike Quinn, 30, has played on four teams in seven years since he became Pittsburgh's No. 3 QB in 1997 and he has already qualified for his NFL pension. But he's still eligible for the practice squad and that's where the Steelers put him this week. He is, in essence, their No. 3 quarterback.

WR Chris Doering was released last Saturday by Pittsburgh to make room for QB Brian St. Pierre. The plan was to put St. Pierre back on the practice squad this week, but that went awry because St. Pierre is now the No. 2 QB.

DE Kimo von Oelhoffen, who led the team with 8 sacks last season, leads them with four quarterback pressures.

WR Plaxico Burress is off to a slow start. His three catches in two games would put him on pace for only 24 receptions, the lowest since he caught 22 as a rookie in 2000.

WR Antwaan Randle El could be a beneficiary of the new quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Randle El caught more passes from Roethlisberger in the preseason and training camp because they were both on the second team and built some rapport.

QB Brian St. Pierre was released two weeks ago. Now he's the No. 2 quarterback and one injury away from No. 1. St. Pierre has not taken a snap in a real game. He was No. 3 as a rookie last season.

RB Duce Staley was supposed to bolster the Steelers' running game. But he's averaging only 3.7 yards a carry and their 3.4 yard average as a team ranks 24th in the NFL.

RB Verron Haynes hip is questionable. If Haynes does not play, Duce Staley will probably play more on third downs, which would open up more opportunities for Jerome Bettis to play on first and second downs.

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