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Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Mike Wallace, celebrating against the Raiders last season, became the third-highest paid receiver in the league when he signed a five-year, $64 million deal with the Dolphins on Tuesday.

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Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, 4:54 p.m.
 

Mike Wallace has put together some impressive numbers during his career. But his career-high four drops against the Bengals nearly got into his head.

Wallace is convinced he remedied the situation in preparing to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Heinz Field.

“I'm upset it happened, but you can't dwell on it too much because it'll roll over to the next game,” Wallace said. “I'm good about it now because I caught everything in practice this week to get it off my back.”

Wallace has gone back to the basics. He spent the week polishing his routes and using his eyes to the watch the ball in before tucking it away. He challenged cornerbacks Ike Taylor and Keenan Lewis to help sharpen his focus.

Still, he's perplexed about his uninspired performance against the Bengals.

“I don't know what happened,” he said. “It was kind of a snowball effect. I took my eyes off the first one, and I had hard time shaking it off.”

‘New' Redskins

Steelers safety Ryan Clark will hardly recognize the Redskins: Only two players — tight end Chris Cooley and receiver Santana Moss — remain on the Washington roster since he left after the 2005 season.

“They were the only two. It's been a long time,” Clark said. “It would be cool to see those guys. It's not the same team though as when I left. This is the Steelers versus the new Redskins. It's going to be a challenge.”

The Steelers won, 23-6, in the teams' last meeting in 2008. Clark sat out that game with an injured shoulder. He'll get his chance to face down Moss, a deep threat for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“When I was there, (Moss) was the guy,” Clark said. “He was our No. 1 option. He was in the prime of his career.”

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