-- Peter Warrick's 109 receiving yards against the tied a career high and was his second 100-yard game in four seasons. Warrick had eight catches, including an 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 20. He had a long of 30 yards. Teammate Chad Johnson had 131 yards on eight catches.
"It shows how good we can be," Warrick said. Warrick
had 109 yards on 10 receptions on Dec. 30, 2001, against
-- Jon Kitna's 303-yard passing effort was his
fourth 300-yard game in two-plus seasons with the Bengals and the fourth of his
--For the second consecutive week, Rich Braham will
start at center in place of Mike Goff, with Goff moving to right guard in place
of Matt O'Dwyer. Goff played the first and third quarters and O'Dwyer the second
and fourth in Oakland, and the rotation worked well. The play of the offensive
line was much improved compared to the opener.
-- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) is out for a third consecutive week. His absence puts
pressure on rookie Kelley Washington to improve his production as the third
-- LB Riall Johnson (calf) is out, removing a smart,
dependable special teams player from the lineup.
-- RB Rudi Johnson (thigh) is questionable. If Corey Dillon is again limited, the Bengals
would like to share carries between Johnson and backup Brandon Bennett.
-- G Victor Leyva (chest) is questionable. Leyva adds
depth to the interior of the line that was bad in the opener but good last
-- TE Matt Schobel (hamstring) is questionable. His
possible loss would remove the team's best pass-catching tight end with the
speed to stretch the middle of the field.
-- RB Corey Dillon
(knee) is probable. Dillon did not practice Wednesday but said he will be fine
for the Steelers. As good as the Bengals backup running backs are, they're not
Dillon, a necessity to establish a run game Sunday.
Willie Anderson (hamstring) is not listed on the injury report but is
day-to-day. His experience and savvy are important if the Bengals hope to slow
Pittsburgh's pass rush and establish any kind of a running game.
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