And then there were 53

Willie Parker must have been too fast for the Turk - the person with the task of telling players the head coach wants to speak to him - to catch him.
September 5, 2004

On The Sidelines

Talks between linebacker Kendrell Bell's agent, Todd France, and the Steelers over a contract extension have ended. Bell will go through his fourth and final season and then become an unrestricted free agent, unless the Steelers re-sign him after the season. The team follows a philosophy not to negotiate new deals once the regular season starts.
September 2, 2004

Trimming the roster

Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert was quick to point out in the aftermath of this year's draft that practice squads were increasing from five to eight players this season. And, Colbert said, the Steelers were taking players in later rounds with that in mind.
August 29, 2004

Game preview: Staley grouchy about return

<b>LATROBE - </b> Duce Staley, new running back for the Steelers, put the cell phone down long enough to talk to reporters about Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.<br><br> He should've kept talking on the phone.<br><br> "It's just another preseason game," said the 2002 Eagles Offensive MVP. "I'm looking to go in and get a little more conditioning, learn the offense more and get more playing time because after this game, we've only got one more and then it's live bullets."
August 25, 2004

Notebook: Simmons never felt better

<b>LATROBE -</b> It was a snapshot worth saving, a picture of five happy men playing as one.<br><br> "I thought our offensive line played well as a unit," said offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. "I thought they were physical. I thought they came off the ball."
August 16, 2004

Positional Battles May Be Key vs. Lions

<b>PITTSBURGH -</B> Despite the recent rash of injuries, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher sounded somewhat optimistic about a number of players and their camp performances. Save the walking wounded, you might think that paring down the roster to the final 53 would be a tough job. Realistically, there are just a few position battles worth watching during the preseason games.
August 14, 2004