Q&A: Chad Scott

<b>PITTSBURGH -</b> Chad Scott is returning to the playing field after missing the last nine games with a thigh injury. He'll replace the injured Deshea Townsend on the right side. Scott has played on the left side since 1997. Here are Scott's thoughts:

What are your thoughts about coming back?
I'm just excited about getting back out there. I've been sitting on the sideline watching a long time and I'm just ready to get back out there and get it in gear.

Was it frustrating?
It's always frustrating when you're sitting there watching, but I pretty much kept a positive look, took mental reps in practice, paid close attention to what was going on and now I get an opportunity to get back out there and play.

What about playing the right side?
I started out on the right side when I first got here. My rookie year I played the right side most of the season, and in this preseason I played some on the right side too. You're just opening your hips the other way. You work on your breaks both ways in practice, so I don't anticipate it being that much of a problem. It's not going to be difficult for me to read. It's pretty much the same. You just turn your head a different way. Coach (Bill) Cowher and I had already talked about me playing in this game. We didn't discuss exactly how much, but we knew I was going to be playing. It's just ironic. I mean, you hate to see one of your teammates and friends get hurt.

What about getting your old job back when Deshea comes back for the playoffs?
Of course I want to play but I'm a team player. I'm just concerned with trying to help this team win, whatever my role may be. It's not even a question of whether or not I need to get my spot back. I know we were winning games when I was playing and we continued to win when I wasn't. You don't want to rock the boat or anything. I just want to help. Whatever Coach Cowher wants me to do, that's what I'm going to do.

You were on your way to a good season, weren't you?
I put a lot of work into it in the off-season, some hard training. I felt like I was ready to play and do well. Injuries are just part of the game. You've got to take the good with the bad and keep moving.

Was there a chance of being put on IR?
Coach Cowher never said that that's what they were going to do. He probably kept me on the active roster because of situations that could potentially happen like this. If I was on injured reserve right now, we might be in a tough situation. Hopefully, Deshea won't have a problem playing with a broken hand but you never know. You've got a lot of nerves in your hand and it can be very painful.

It looks like your right thumb is still injured with that little wrap on it.
No. I don't. I just put this on for precaution. I'm fine.

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