Notebook: Reed moving up list

PITTSBURGH – Career milestones await a handful of Steelers, but none mean more than Jeff Reed's ascent up the franchise's all-time scoring list.

With six more points, Reed will pass Roy Gerela and climb into second place on the all-time list behind Gary Anderson (1,343 points). Reed has 726 points.

Reed can also become the franchise's most accurate kicker by converting two field goals today. A two-for-two day would give Reed a field goal percentage of .8274, nudging him past Norm Johnson (.8268) at the top of the all-time list.

"Just to pass some of the people I've passed is crazy in itself," Reed said. "I know I did score the points to get past them, but those are legends. I'm not a legend by any means. I haven't made a Pro Bowl. I really haven't done anything. I've been consistent, which is important, but to be up there on that list with those names is unreal to me."

Does Reed know about the accuracy record?

"No, and I don't even want to know," he said. "The weather we play in, you never know. Last year I was 22 of 24 and then made one in the playoffs, but two or three of those were one slip away from me being 75 percent.

"I look at stats, but basically stats at this point don't matter. I have to move forward. My next kick's the important one."

Reed's made 26 of 30 field goals this season. He missed a 33-yarder last week that would've tied the game at halftime.

"Last week was probably the most unlucky kick I've ever kicked," he said. "I hit it perfect, exactly where I aimed, and the wind was going right when I approached the ball, and the gusts went left. It happens. At this point, I'm around 86 percent. I wanted to finish the season over 80 percent. Where I'm at right now I thought I could've reached 90 percent. That's what frustrated me because I set goals before we started playing these 16 games. Yeah, I think I'm going to reach those, but at the same time I wanted 10 touchbacks; I got seven. This time of year it's not easy to get one.

"I think I had a really good season, but it all culminates in the playoffs. Those are big kicks."

OTHER MILESTONES

* Hines Ward has 75 receptions for 973 yards, so he's close to his first 80-catch and/or 1,000-yard season since 2004.

* Ben Roethlisberger has defeated 11 consecutive division opponents. It's the longest such streak since Peyton Manning beat 12 consecutive division opponents from 2004 to 2006.

* The Steelers can become the first defense since the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles to lead the league in overall (1st), rushing (2nd) and passing (1st) defense. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed 83 fewer rushing yards than the Steelers. The Vikings finish the season against the New York Giants.

* With an interception, Troy Polamalu can become the first Steeler since Rod Woodson in 1993 to intercept eight passes in a season.

MARVEL WON'T QUIT

Marvel Smith had to squat instead of bend to pick up a dropped pencil, but the offensive tackle who was just placed on IR after missing 10 games with a back injury has plans to return to the game, even though his contract expires after the season.

"No doubt about it," said the 30-year-old. "I can still play the game at a high level. Once I get my body back, I'll be able to do that." Has he thought about where he's going to play?

"Not really," he said. "Pittsburgh's been good to me my whole career. I couldn't ask for anything more. If I can stay here, I'd definitely like to take a look at that."

Has he thought about moving back to Arizona, where he played college football?

"That's where everything began for me, football-wise," he said. "But I haven't given it too much thought. Well, I have, but it's a waste of time until I get healthy. If I can't do that, none of that stuff matters."

Smith, of course, will miss today's game. Ryan Clark (shoulder) is the only starter ruled out of the game. James Harrison (hip) is listed as questionable.

CAPIZZI RETURNS

Last season, the Steelers picked Jason Capizzi up from the Kansas City roster before their playoff game. He injured his foot at camp, was released with an injury settlement, and picked up by the St. Louis Rams, where he languished on the practice squad this season. But the Steelers picked up the giant offensive tackle back this week for their active roster.

"They actually called me a couple weeks ago," said Capizzi, a Pine-Richland High graduate who played collegiately at IUP. "They said they were going to do it, but were unsure. I went through a couple more weeks on the practice squad and thought sooner or later something had to happen, and it did."

Last year, the Chiefs were upset by Capizzi's decision. The Rams, though, understood.

"They said they would've activated me for this week, but they couldn't match the playoff checks," Capizzi said. "I feel bad because Coach Haz (Jim Haslett) gave me an opportunity out there. He's an IUP guy; I'm an IUP guy. But you've got to do what you've got to do. It's a business."

Capizzi believes he has a better chance to play for the Steelers next season rather than the Rams.

"Plus," he said. "I think we're going to make a run at the Super Bowl."


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