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

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

Notebook: Chance of a lifetime

<b>LATROBE -</b> Ike Taylor will start at cornerback Saturday in the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, and if he plays poorly he may not receive another chance.<br><br> Then again, as Taylor so eloquently put it, "You only get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so many times."
August 12, 2004

Transcript: Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Cowher

<b>Latrobe: Coach Bill Cowher: </b>The first thing I want to do is bring you up to date on Charlie Batch. A few days ago we set him down because he had some fluid in his knee. It's been a previously surgical knee, so we thought it was just the wear and tear of just practice. We had it drained and it really didn't feel better yesterday, which was 24 hours after being drained.
August 12, 2004