Notebook: Hurricane forces change

<b>PITTSBURGH - </b> The Steelers have moved up their departure time for Sunday's game in Miami by a day as a precautionary measure against Hurricane Jeanne.<br><br> Instead of leaving Saturday afternoon, the Steelers will depart Pittsburgh on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The league had asked Coach Bill Cowher to move up his departure to Saturday morning, but he felt leaving Friday would cause fewer distractions.

"I didn't want us to be flying with any anxiety with some of our players on Saturday," Cowher said. "Some people had some anxieties because it's a little closer to when the hurricane's hitting at this point. (But) it's looking like we are definitely going to play the game."

Hurricane Jeanne, which caused over 1,000 deaths in Haiti, might become the fourth hurricane in little more than six weeks to hit Florida early Sunday morning.

"Right now it looks like it's going to hit, I think, north of (Miami) about two o'clock Sunday morning is what they're calling for," Cowher said. "Again, I think there's a high probability we will play this game; a very small chance that potentially we'll have to play the game Monday or Tuesday. Saturday is not a possibility at this time."

When told by a reporter "Tuesday's good for us," Cowher laughed.

"I'll call them back and let them know," he said.

Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan hit Florida in a span of five weeks this summer, costing billions of dollars and leaving more than 60 dead. Hurricane Ivan hit Florida on Sept. 16.

Inside linebacker Kendrell Bell (groin), cornerback Chad Scott (groin) and dime safety Mike Logan (hamstring) did not practice Thursday and all three are listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

The three players also missed Wednesday's practice. Third-down running back Verron Haynes (hip) returned to practice Thursday and is still listed as questionable.

Larry Foote took over for Bell after the first preseason game and is third on the team in total tackles with 14, behind Troy Polamalu (21) and James Farrior (15). Foote is second with 12 solo tackles behind Polamalu (14).

Scott was replaced by rookie Ricardo Colclough at left cornerback late in last Sunday's loss in Baltimore. Including the time he spent as the nickel back, Colclough played 25 snaps and is happy with his progress.

"You can see it when you watch film," said the second-round draft pick. "Coach gave me compliments about the things that I'm doing. I've come a long way since I first got here."

The Miami Dolphins' injury report includes defensive tackle Larry Chester (knee) and running back Travis Minor (ankle) as out; defensive tackle Tim Bowens (back), back-up linebacker Tony Bua (hamstring) and fullback Rob Konrad (thigh) as doubtful; and cornerbacks Reggie Howard (hamstring) and Patrick Surtain (groin) as questionable.

Howard and Surtain have been practicing this week, but Bowens, who was expected to replace Chester inside for the Dolphins, hasn't. His absence would leave the Dolphins' defensive interior to Bryan Robinson and Jeff Zgonina, who played with the Steelers in 1993-94.

"There aren't too many guys that mean as much to our defense as Tim Bowens," said Dolphins Coach Dave Wannstedt. "There's a definite concern. Obviously, our medical people and Tim and everyone concerned are doing everything they can. We're just not where it needs to be."

Steelers special-teams captain Chidi Iwuoma on the hit that knocked him out of last Sunday's game:

"I took a shot to the kidney-rib area, so my body kind of shut down for a minute. I couldn't breathe and I didn't know exactly what was going on. It's a bruised sternum-bruised ribs type thing.

"The returner cut back and (Brett) Keisel got blocked into me while I was running full speed and caught a sharp elbow to the midsection. I wasn't expecting it and it was a real impactful hit. Then I hit the ground hard, too. Good thing I didn't eat breakfast 'cause it would've been pretty nasty out there."

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