Notebook: Maddox breaks silence

<b>PITTSBURGH - </b> Tommy Maddox's arm feels fine. It's his pride that's wounded.<br><br> Maddox, of course, lost his job to rookie Ben Roethlisberger after tearing a tendon in his throwing elbow the second week of the season. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher informed Maddox earlier this week that he intends to keep Roethlisberger in the lineup.

"I think you're always disappointed," Maddox said. "But at the same time you understand it. You understand the team's on a roll and playing well.

"I think everybody knows me. I'm in it for all of these guys. I want us to do well and be a great team and go as far as we can. Whatever decision he's got to make, he's got to make. I just have to go out there and prepare and see what happens."

Maddox practiced Wednesday and said his arm isn't bothering him.

"I felt good," he said. "I felt a little better than I thought I probably would coming out. I was a little rusty, but all in all, I threw a little more than I thought I would, but I felt good."

Maddox said he threw different routes to test his elbow, which passed. Could he play Sunday?

"We'll see. I'll probably do a little bit more (Thursday) and continue to kind of build up as the week goes on and see where we are."

Maddox said his throwing is "leaps and bounds" over what it was when he first began throwing two weeks ago. He believes he's a fast healer, but what of his pride? Is he feeling sorry for himself?

"No," he said. "I know God has a plan for my life, so I don't sweat it too much. I know things happen for a reason and we'll figure out what that reason is. I'll just go out there and do my job, work as hard as I can and try to help this team win anyway I can.

"I by no means think that my career is winding down. I'm a young 33 years old and feel I've got a lot of football left in front of me."


Duce Staley (knee) and Chad Scott (quadriceps) missed Wednesday's practice. Staley is expected to play Sunday but Scott has been ruled out.

Missing practice Wednesday for the Philadelphia Eagles were kick returner J.R. Reed (hamstring), right guard Jermane Mayberry (calf), split end Todd Pinkston (knee), halfback Brian Westbrook (rib) and right tackle Jon Runyan (groin).

Reed is doubtful for Sunday's game. Mayberry, Pinkston and Westbrook are questionable. Runyan is probable.


Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his game against the New England Patriots.

Porter had three sacks, forced two fumbles, defensed a pass and had a team-high eight tackles. Both fumbles were recovered by the Steelers and led to touchdowns in the 34-20 win.

Porter is the second Steelers linebacker to be so honored in as many games. After the Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys, James Farrior was named Player of the Week. This is the third such honor for Porter.& San Diego quarterback Drew Brees is the AFC Offensive Player of the Week and Buffalo kick returner Terrence McGee won the specials teams award. In the NFC, the winners are Michael Vick (offense), Brian Urlacher (defense) and David Tyree (special teams).


Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens set a franchise record this past Sunday with his fifth consecutive 100-yard receiving game, but he drew more attention for mocking Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis' pre-game dance after Owens scored the game-clinching touchdown.

Owens celebrated in the end zone with the exact dance steps Lewis uses after being introduced to his home crowd.

"I really thought that was unique," said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. "You see Ray do it all the time but no one really mocked it before. Having Terrell do it was pretty funny. When they call the starting lineups, Ray is a whole different show. It's like a concert with him because they change the music and it's all Ray. I think Terrell Owens heard about it, plus they were yapping back and forth, so what better way to show Ray Lewis up than by doing his own dance? That's pretty good."

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