No apology necessary from Starks

PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger felt the pain, and then saw the tape. On Wednesday, the Steelers' quarterback shared what he knew about his injured right foot.

"It was a total accident," Roethlisberger said of last week's collision with left tackle Max Starks. "It was a pretty scary thing to have a three –hundred-and- (cough)-heavy-pound guy step right on the back of your foot, on your Achilles. And he went down, too, so you know he didn't just graze it. We both went down. Everyone thought they heard a pop, too, so we didn't know what happened, but luckily it was a bruise and it's coming along. It's not a hundred percent, but it's coming."

On Wednesday, Roethlisberger again participated in drills at the South Side. The Steelers are hoping he can get a sizeable tune-up for the season at Heinz Field on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills in the third preseason game.

That's the game in which coaches best like to simulate a regular-season game.

"We try to make it as close as we can," Roethlisberger said. "We do the game-planning a little bit. We have scouting reports. We try to simulate it as best we can. I think a lot of us will get a lot of playing time, a half or so, but we do go into this more like a regular game."

Will Roethlisberger play a half?

"Whatever feels comfortable," he said. "It's kind of hard to say now. I think it's more along the lines of how you feel when you're out there. We'll see how the flow of the game goes."


On a 3rd-and-9 play early in the second quarter last Saturday night, Limas Sweed dropped a perfect pass from Charlie Batch. It was the second 3rd-down pass that Sweed dropped in two weeks, but Roethlisberger hasn't lost faith in the 6-foot-4 second-year receiver.

"I've got all the confidence in the world in him," Roethlisberger said. "I know he can do it. After the drop he had in Washington I came up to him on the sideline and I told him, I said, ‘Limas, you did everything perfect on that. You ran a great route. You swam on the guy. You just didn't catch the ball.'

"He just needs to keep his head up. There's no need to get down on a guy like that, because he's playing well. He's come a long way. He'll continue to improve."


Sweed's block on a defensive end helped spring Willie Parker for the Steelers' only touchdown against the Redskins. It's something that rookie Mike Wallace needs to learn.

"He looks like a rookie as a blocker," Coach Mike Tomlin said of Wallace. "He's got to understand the tempo that comes with being a Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver. We're asking him to step his game up in that regard, quite frankly."


Stefan Logan was explaining to reporters the difference in the NFL from the Canadian Football League when safety Ryan Clark stepped into the huddle and asked that the conversation come to an end.

"We're going to keep everything quiet about Stefan Logan," Clark said. "We don't want this to get out, so stop publicizing this. He's our secret weapon. Keep this under wraps. Thank you."

Clark left and Logan continued.

"The game speed is a little bit quicker because these guys know what they're doing," said the 5-foot-6 return specialist. "They know how to read and they react to it real quick. You've got linebackers who can run with me, so it's just all about getting into the books, going over your plays, and getting out there and doing your best."

Logan did just that against the Redskins, compiling 205 yards in returns. He was spotted on tape by Steelers scout Phil Kreidler, who was also responsible for scouring Tiffin tape and finding Nate Washington.

"I'm one of those guys who just goes fast at everything I do," Logan said. "I don't know what slow down means."


Tomlin will update the health of tight end Sean McHugh at his Thursday afternoon press conference. McHugh was to have undergone surgery Wednesday morning to "clean up" his knee.

Also sidelined from Wednesday's practice were Willie Parker, Frank Summers, Dennis Dixon, Steve McLendon, Darnell Stapleton and Santonio Holmes.

Dixon wore a sling on his right arm to the practice field. Neither he nor Stapleton will play Saturday. Also, Summers could miss the game with a sore hamstring.


Hall of Fame voter Peter King appeared on Sirius Radio and said this about Seniors nominee Dick LeBeau:

"Dick LeBeau, to me, not only has the pelts on the wall from his coaching career, he also has them from his playing career. To me, until he gets in no assistant coach has a chance to get in."

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