Steelers Inside Slant

The Steelers have chosen to stick with their white road jerseys in the Super Bowl even though they're the "home" team in Detroit and they always wear black in Heinz Field.

"We aren't playing at Heinz Field," coach Bill Cowher said.

Yet they chose black when they last played in the Super Bowl 10 years ago in Arizona and were the home team. There's obviously some superstition at play here because the Steelers wore white when they won all three of their playoff games on the road, only the second NFL team ever to do that.

The Steelers players have off until Thursday. They will practice three days, take off Sunday and fly to Detroit on Monday.

Ten years after he made his only previous visit to the Super Bowl, Cowher said he has learned some things. He has also talked to other coaches who have been to Super Bowls recently to see how things might have changed.

The Steelers lost by 10 to Dallas in Super Bowl XXX and Cowher was perturbed that a few players, most notably linebacker Kevin Greene, used their day off on Tuesday to fly from Phoenix to Las Vegas, where Greene participated in a pro wrestling event.

"You can enjoy the process," Cowher said Monday, "but you can't lose sight of the goal."

The Steelers placed rookie linebacker Andre Frazier on injured reserve this week and signed rookie linebacker Arnold Harrison to take his place. Frazier has a broken ankle from Sunday's game in Denver. But James Harrison, whom Frazier replaced as the No. 3 on the outside, will return after missing the past two playoff games with a high ankle sprain.

Backup defensive end Travis Kirschke has a groin injury that Cowher said would make him questionable if there were a game this week.

The Steelers are favored by four points, but Cowher tried on Tuesday to keep downplaying his team, something that has helped fuel them since they were 7-5 and needed seven straight victories to reach the Super Bowl.

"We're not suddenly this great team," Cowher said. "We aren't. We've done nothing, nothing at all."

All the Steelers have done, he said, is created a "golden opportunity" for themselves. He reiterated Tuesday that no one remembers the loser of the Super Bowl.


-- QB Ben Roethlisberger, who turns 24 on March 2, is the second-youngest quarterback to appear in a Super Bowl (after Dan Marino) and would be the youngest to win it.

-- QB Charlie Batch is one injury from playing in Detroit, where he was drafted by the Lions and was their starter from 1998 through 2001.

-- WR Hines Ward leads the Steelers in three postseason games with 10 receptions, which have gone for 137 yards -- numbers he has topped in three individual games in his career -- and two touchdowns.

-- WR Antwaan Randle El has nine catches for 97 yards and one touchdown, one run from scrimmage, one incomplete pass and eight punt returns in the playoffs.

-- WR Cedrick Wilson is fourth on the club in the playoffs with eight catches but leads with 196 yards, a 24.5-yard average. His two touchdowns tie Ward for the team receiving lead.

-- TE Heath Miller has 7 receptions for 107 yards. That ties Eric Green for the most receptions by a tight end in a single post-season for Pittsburgh (1994) and ties Randy Grossman for the most yards (1978).

-- RB Willie Parker had runs of 10 and 14 yards in Denver but he's averaging only 2.8 yards a carry and has no touchdowns.

-- RB Jerome Bettis leads the Steelers post-season with three touchdowns, all rushing. Those are his first three career post-season scores.

-- RB Verron Haynes still serves as the Steelers third-down back but he goes virtually unnoticed. He's caught just three passes in three playoff games for 22 yards and has only five runs from scrimmage.

-- LB Larry Foote, who led the team in tackles in the regular season, is tied for the lead in the postseason with safety Troy Polamalu. Each has 19.

-- LB Joey Porter leads the team with three sacks to go with a forced fumble in the post-season. Porter led all NFL linebackers with 10.5 sacks in the regular season.

-- P Chris Gardocki has also stepped it up in the playoffs. Of his 12 punts, six have gone inside the 20.

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