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Farrior finds himself sidelined in favor of Foote

BALTIMORE -- Steelers defensive captain James Farrior spent time in unfamiliar territory Sunday: the sidelines.

Larry Foote replaced Farrior at left inside linebacker for three series in the first half of the Steelers' 35-7 loss to the Ravens.

Coach Mike Tomlin said that was by design -- not because of an injury to Farrior, who hasn't missed a game since 2005.

"Larry had a good preseason," Tomlin said. "We would like to play both men, so we made a commitment early on that both men were going to play, and we stood up to that."

The 36-year-old Farrior said, "I'm healthy. Everything's fine," when asked if sharing time with Foote had anything to do with an injury.

• Outside linebacker James Harrison left yesterday's game in the fourth quarter with a right knee bruise, but Tomlin said it "doesn't appear to be serious." Harrison would only say he is "hoping" to play Sunday against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

• Cornerback Ike Taylor received an unsportsmanlike penalty near the end of the third quarter for head-butting Ravens right tackle Michael Oher. "If you watch on tape, the young man punched me in my leg," Taylor said. "In those situations, I've got to be the bigger man, but at the same time if he wants to pick on somebody, pick on one of my defensive linemen." Taylor could be fined, as could strong safety Troy Polamalu, who threw a punch during the altercation but did not get penalized.

• Third-year receiver Mike Wallace proved to be one of the few bright spot for the Steelers, who lost their first season opener since 2002. Wallace tied a career-high with eight catches. He also had 107 yards receiving. Both were game highs. It also marked the fourth consecutive regular-season game that Wallace has gone over 100 yards receiving.

• Receiver Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) and outside linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) didn't suit up yesterday. Joining them on the Steelers' inactives list were quarterback Dennis Dixon, cornerback Curtis Brown, running back Jonathan Dwyer, and offensive linemen Ramon Foster and Chris Scott. Four Steelers dressed but didn't play, including quarterback Charlie Batch, offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert, guard Trai Essex and defensive tackle Steve McLendon.

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Baltimore defeats the Steelers, 35-7, Sunday September 11, 2011.

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