Notebook: Dewayne knows Steelers

<b>PITTSBURGH -</b> Dewayne Washington didn't practice with the Steelers yesterday, as he had nearly every day from 1998 to 2003, but he knows what Plaxico Burress and Hines Ward are up to anyway.

"You can see it on film," said Washington, now a starting cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. "You can't help but see it. Pittsburgh is pretty simple with what they try to do."

Will Washington pass any secrets along?

"I will pass those along, but that is nothing," he said. "Again, you can see it on film. If you study tapes, you can see it."

Burress expects to return from a one-game absence due to a hamstring injury. He was asked if he'd have any advantage going up against his former sparring partner.

"I know him; he knows me," Burress said. "He knows my weakness; I know his. I know his strengths; he knows mine. It's probably vice versa with everybody on this offense. He'll probably go out and sit on a couple routes because I've practiced against him for three or four years. We'll have to be that much sharper when we go on his side to run our routes."

"Plax and myself have to be disciplined as far as making sure we get depth and making sure we run crisp routes against him," said Ward. "He's seen our offense. He'd been around here a long time. We went against him in training camp, so he knows our tendencies. We just have to have discipline in our route-running."

Washington was asked if he noticed any difference in the Steelers' secondary since he's been gone.

"Guys are getting after the quarterback," he said, adding: "I have to take my hat off to Deshea (Townsend). It seems like every time I turn on my TV he is on the highlights making the plays. I'm really happy for him. He is having a big year."


Missing Wednesday's practice for the Steelers were Burress (hamstring), Verron Haynes (knee), Chidi Iwuoma (hamstring), Jerome Bettis (knee), James Harrison (shoulder), Jeff Hartings (knee) and Clint Kriewaldt (personal).

Burress, Haynes and Iwuoma are questionable for Sunday's game. Bettis, Harrison and Hartings are probable. Listed as out are Kendrell Bell, Brett Keisel and Chad Scott.

Missing practice for the Jaguars yesterday were return specialist Jermaine Lewis (concussion), defensive end Rob Meier (ankle), cornerback Juran Bolden (groin) and defensive tackle Marcus Stroud (knee). Lewis and Meier have been listed as out of the game. Bolden is questionable and Stroud is probable.


-- Hines Ward on Redskins rookie free safety Sean Taylor:

"He's a top three. Him and (Rodney) Harrison and Donovin Darius. He's right up there. He's young but I call him the man-child. He's pretty big. He covered some space. I had Shawn Springs deep, but the ball got caught in the wind and kind of stayed in the middle of the field. He was on the other side of the hash and came over and ended up hitting me and knocking the ball out. He's going to be good. You're going to hear his name quite a bit."

-- Ben Roethlisberger when asked if he'd played against Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich in college:


And the result?

"He cheated twice."


The Steelers took a sack away from James Farrior and gave it instead to Aaron Smith. With 17 seconds left in the first quarter, game film revealed it was Smith and not Farrior who knocked the ball from the hands of Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey. The sack for Smith gives him eight, which matches his career high. Farrior now has three.

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