Wednesday Practice Notes

<b>PITTSBURGH -</b> Running back Jerome Bettis practiced for the first time on a Wednesday in as long as anyone could remember, but the news was not as good for linebacker Kendrell Bell or cornerback Chad Scott.<br><br>

"It's going to be day-to-day with Kendrell, as it is with Chad," said head coach Bill Cowher. "Chad did some running around today.We'll go from there."

If Bell is unable to play on his injured ankle, Cowher said rookie Larry Foote would start in his place as he did four other times this season.

But Bell was walking normally around the Steelers' practice facility Wednesday and all signs point to him being ready to go. The same could be said of Bettis, who was replaced by Amos Zereoue and Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala in last Sunday's regular-season finale.

"I think last week, it would have been touch-and-go for him to try to play, but if it would have been a playoff game, I'm sure he would have found a way to get out there," Cowher said. "It was good to give him the week off and get Amos and Fu some work. We're going to need all three of those guys."

In other news, offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will interview for the vacant head coaching position of the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday in Pittsburgh, as per the new league rules regarding coaching hires.

Mularkey is one of three candidates, along with Washington defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis and St. Louis defensive coordinator Lovie Smith.

Cowher said he doesn't feel Mularkey's status will be a distraction.

"We're preparing for Cleveland, Cowher said. That's not an issue."

--Dale Lolley


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