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By Alan Robinson
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 12:02 p.m.
 

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has been chosen as the AFC defensive player of the week for the second time in his career.

Taylor made the first interception by a Steelers cornerback this season during the 24-20 win Sunday over the New York Giants. He also made five tackles and broke up a pass as the Steelers held Giants quarterback Eli Manning to season lows in completions (10) and passing yards (125).

Taylor played in his 131st consecutive game, the longest streak by any current NFL cornerback.

Taylor also was named as the defensive player of the week after facing Seattle in Week 5 of the 2007 season.

In other Steelers news, wide receiver Derek Moye of Penn State and Rochester High was added to the Steelers practice squad, and tight end Jamie McCoy was released. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his weekly news conference that the Steelers might add a receiver because of Antonio Brown's sprained ankle. Brown, also the primary punt returner, might miss the Monday night game against the Chiefs.

Moye was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent earlier this year.

Crennel credits Steelers' continuity

Romeo Crennel, the Chiefs' coach and former Browns coach, said it's not hard to envy how the Steelers do business. The Chiefs have had 13 head coaches since 1969, the Steelers 3.

“Pittsburgh has been the poster for continuity. They've done a tremendous job from top to bottom,” Crennel said Wednesday. “That's why they are able to get good coaches that fit into their system and who can last to keep that continuity going. You know in the NFL and in today's society, it's an ‘I want it done yesterday' league. It's gotten to that point, and if you can't get it done right away, people look for changes and for something different.”

Rainey lost rib cartilage

Receiver-kick returner Chris Rainey had a piece of rib cartilage tear off when a player fell on top of him against the Giants. “I guess I cut too hard,” he said. Coach Mike Tomlin warned he would be “big-time uncomfortable,” and he has been. “I got to get my confidence back. It feels different,” Rainey said. “The walking and all that kind of stuff, the coughing and sneezing is tough.”

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