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Steelers notebook: Roethlisberger says "dink and dunk' not a negative term

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 8:24 p.m.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had adapted well to offensive coordinator Todd Haley's play-calling. Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review

Ben Roethlisberger believes “dink and dunk” perfectly describes the Steelers' reshaped offense.

“When I said it a couple of weeks ago, people made a big deal about it like I was being negative,” he said Wednesday. “When I grew up, the 49ers, that's what they did. That's what a West Coast offense is.

“I'm not saying we're a West Coast offense, but ‘dink and dunk' is not a negative term. We're taking advantage of quick, fast receivers, a lot of different receivers, running backs, tight ends, guys getting open.”

• Safety Ryan Clark passed a post-concussion test and practiced Wednesday, but he must keep passing the test before he is cleared to play Sunday.”I wasn't knocked out (Sunday); I was never asleep on the field,” he said. “I venture to say I've been in that position before, but I've not been taken out of the game or not told anybody. … But you have to make sure none of the symptoms linger from having a concussion. I feel good.”

• Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) worked out on his own, and Isaac Redman (ankle) was a full practice participant after missing the last two games. Held out were running back Jonathan Dwyer (quadriceps) and linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Stevenson Sylvester (hamstrings).

• Giants coach Tom Coughlin apparently isn't a big fan of the new restrictions that limit practices. The players association negotiated the reduction during last year's labor talks. Teams now can practice only once per day during training camp. “The fact of the matter is you're not going full speed, and when it comes time to go full speed, you have an awful lot of things you're trying to capture … sometimes you shake your head, and it takes you awhile,” Coughlin said.

• There is almost universal agreement among Steelers that the Giants' front four of Justin Tuck, Linval Joseph, Chris Canty and Jason Pierre-Paul/Osi Umenyiora is the NFL's best. The Giants lead the NFL with 24 takeaways and 16 interceptions, partly because of the pressure their defensive line creates.

• Wide receiver Mike Wallace lobbied last week for offensive coordinator Todd Haley to call more deep throws. It didn't happen, but Wallace isn't discouraged. “Right now, we're not getting the yards per catch that we want, but we're still getting opportunities, so we just have to take some short ones and make them big,” he said.

— Alan Robinson

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