Steelers Roster Report

Tommy Maddox may suit up for Sunday's game against Philadelphia in Heinz Field, but he has permanently lost his job as the starter. Bill Cowher listed him as questionable and said he might serve as the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback against the Eagles.

Maddox has not played since a tendon in his right elbow was torn in the third quarter of the second game of the season, Sept. 19 in Baltimore.

That injury forced rookie sensation Ben Roethlisberger into the lineup and nothing short of injury can get him out of it.

LB Joey Porter was named AFC Player of the Week for his game against the Patriots in which he had three sacks and two forced fumbles. Porter said the strength in his leg and buttocks has returned after he played weaker last season after getting shot.

WR Plaxico Burress averages only three catches per game and with 21 receptions has only five more than No. 3 receiver Antwaan Randle El.

RB Verron Haynes leads the team with a 4.9-yard average per carry but he only has 22 carries. Still, he could get more playing time as the season goes on.

DE Aaron Smith, with five sacks, is on pace to become the first DE in Pittsburgh to have double-digit sacks since Keith Willis had 12 in 1985.

QB Ben Roethlisberger has completed 70.1 percent of his passes and has a 104.7 passer rating. Dan Marino holds the rookie records with a 58.45 completion rate and a 96.0 passer rating, set in 1983.

Play Book: Pittsburgh again wants to run the ball against a defense that ranks 31st in yards allowed per run, 4.8, and given how jacked up Duce Staley will be to go against his former teammates. It worked so well for them last week and it does two things: Slows down the Eagles' pass rush and keeps the ball out of the hands of quarterback Donovan McNabb. The quarterback is the main concern for the Steelers this week, him and Terrell Owens. They will double Owens and not blitz McNabb as much as they did Tom Brady last week. They want to be more structured in their pass rush so McNabb cannot beat them with his feet.

Key Matchup: WR Terrell Owens against a Steelers secondary that has improved this season with an improved pass rush. ... LT Tre Thomas of Philadelphia against LB Joey Porter, who exploded for three sacks and two forced fumbles against the Patriots. ... RB Duce Staley and his 4.7-yard average per carry against his old teammates from Philly, who are ranked 31st in the league in yards allowed per run. ... Eagles QB Donovan McNabb vs. an improved Steelers pass rush that already has 20 sacks, just 15 fewer than all last season.

Injury Update: LB Kendrell Bell will play for the first time this season Sunday, but he won't start. Bell is listed as probable. He had surgery Oct. 6 for a sports hernia and has not played since the first exhibition game. Larry Foote has started all seven games in his place. ... CB Chad Scott (knee) will remain sidelined for at least the next four games. "Chad is making good progress, Cowher said.

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