"It's felt better and better every day," said Maddox,
when he was asked if he felt Sapp's hit was dirty.
"I haven't seen it," Maddox said. "Obviously it was
late but I don't know if he got pushed in or what. He got the penalty. He came
up and said that he didn't mean to do it. You know, at that point in the game,
that was the least of my worries. But we're already past that and moving on to
Maddox worked yesterday in the team's first practice of
the truncated holiday week. Missing practice were safety Mike Logan (back),
running back Jerome Bettis (knee), linebacker James Farrior (shoulder), and
cornerback Chad Scott (hand). Logan, Bettis and Farrior are questionable for
"I've got to see these guys work before I can upgrade
them, but I'm cautiously optimistic with most of them," said Coach Bill
Scott has already been ruled out of Sunday's game, but
surgery on the broken bone in his right hand went well. "It only took a half
hour total," Scott said. "I'm probably going to have to wear a cast but I
really don't know. It's supposed to be something smaller than this."
When asked if he was targeting a return for the first
playoff game, Scott said: "There's nothing wrong with my legs." Scott
injured his hand while attempting to punch the ball from the hands of Keyshawn
Johnson. Scott punched Johnson's shoulder pad instead.
BURRESS NOT LOOKING BACK
Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress has plenty of reason
to be excited about Sunday's game against the Ravens. In the teams' previous
meeting, reserve defensive back James Trapp ripped Burress' helmet off of his
head and then stomped on Burress' chest. Both players were ejected, but Burress
said he's not looking to gain revenge.
"Not really," Burress said. "I mean, I don't have
any hard feelings against anybody or anything like that. It's going to be
their last game of the season. We're looking onto bigger and better things.
We're not concentrating on little stuff like that that's going to bring any
negative attention to anybody. We're just trying to win this football game and
go into the playoffs and keep playing well."
Burress said he learned something from the situation, even
though he wasn't at fault.
"Stuff happens," he said. "Sometimes when things
happen you don't have an explanation as to why. You sit back and look at it
and try to find something positive out of the situation."
"I'm not going to let that be one of my focuses
going into this game because that's the last thing I'm thinking about. I'm
going to go out and play just like I've been playing. I'm not talking to
anybody or going looking for anybody. I want to play football."
Burress, who caught five passes Monday for 127 yards, has
75 receptions this season for 1,273 yards. Both are career highs for the
The Steelers announced a change in the sack totals from
Monday's game. Logan, who'd initially been awarded a full sack of
quarterback Shaun King in the third quarter, has instead been credited with only
half a sack. Defensive end Aaron Smith helped Logan with the sack and is now
being credited with 2.5 sacks in the game, giving him 5.5 for the season. Logan
has just the half sack this season.
Cowher, on giving his team two days off instead of the
usual one this week: "Christmas, falling on a Wednesday, had a lot to do with
it. We're also playing a football team we know very well and they know us.
Then, coming off the Monday night, the type of game it was, the emotions
involved with it, we'll be fine. We'll get another full day in Friday.
We'll come through with a bit of a walk-through on Saturday. Actually we'll
get all of our work in. With the short week being what it is, and Christmas
falling the way it did, it was clearly the right thing to do."