Steelers Player Update

WR Hines Ward packs a pretty good wallop for a 215-pound receiver. He's the best blocking wide receiver in the league and 320-pound Cleveland defensive tackle Orpheus Roye discovered why on Sunday. Ward sent Roye flying near the end of QB Ben Roethlisberger's 20-yard scramble.

"I know Orpheus from playing in Pittsburgh my first couple of years," Ward said. "I really did not want to hit the guy like that, but he was chasing Ben down, so I was just trying to help my teammate and protect him. He was on his horse trying to get Ben, and I think he was just about to grab him, then I laid a pretty good shot on him."

RB Jerome Bettis, 32, on carrying 29 times one week after he carried 33 times: "That is my job. That is what I am here for - to be a relief pitcher, so to speak. I am just doing my part. This team is special. We have interchangeable parts, where if someone is not able to go, then the guy behind him steps up."

RB Jerome Bettis has 10 touchdowns rushing, one short of his career high of 11 in 1996. The Steelers record of 14 was set in 1976 by Franco Harris.

QB Brian St. Pierre, released on Saturday to make room on the roster for another running back, likely will rejoin the team this week, either on the 53-man roster or the practice squad.

RB Willie Parker, in his first two games in the league, has 58 yards rushing on 11 carries. But the rookie dropped the only pass thrown to him as the third-down back Sunday against the Browns.

LB James Harrison started his first NFL game, replacing the ejected Joey Porter, and led the team with six solo tackles to go with his first NFL sack.

QB Ben Roethlisberger has thrown three interceptions in his past 151 attempts and two of those were not his fault - one glanced off the hands of WR Antwaan Randle El and the other occurred when WR Hines Ward fell down on a deep route.

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