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Steelers notebook: Taylor still sidelined; Lewis expected to play

| Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, 4:04 p.m.
The Steelers' doctor shows cornerback Ike Taylor his X-rays on the sideline during Sunday's game against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review)

Cornerback Ike Taylor (fractured ankle) will miss a third consecutive game Sunday, but Keenan Lewis (hip) should play despite sitting out the end of the Cowboys game. Taylor is undergoing workouts to regain his flexibility as the bone heals. Cortez Allen (groin) also is expected to play. Added Tuesday was Justin King, the former Gateway, Penn State and Rams cornerback. He replaces DeMarcus Van Dyke (dislocated shoulder), who will miss the rest of the season.

• Left guard Willie Colon (knee), who sat out three of the last four games, was placed on injured reserve to create a 53-man roster spot for running back Rashard Mendenhall, who was reinstated Monday from his one-game suspension.

• Right guard David DeCastro got a lot of action in his first NFL start as he set up in pass protection on 45 of 62 snaps in Dallas. He didn't miss an offensive snap. DeCastro and right tackle Kelvin Beachum formed the right side of the offensive line despite having only two prior NFL starts between them, both by Beachum. “Both are sharp, intelligent young men that did a nice job of communicating,” coach Mike Tomlin said.

• Troy Polamalu, playing with a calf injury, was given a few plays off Dec. 9 against the Chargers, but he didn't rest against the Cowboys. He played all 70 snaps.

• Heath Miller's seven catches gave him 405 in his career, third most in Steelers history behind Hines Ward (1,000) and John Stallworth (537).

• Tomlin said “a mental error” caused wide receiver Antonio Brown to run out of bounds with just more than a minute left, effectively preserving clock time for the Cowboys, who were about to get the ball back.

• As might be expected, none of the Steelers defensive backs had a good day. Tony Romo threw for 341 yards against a secondary thinned by injuries. Replacement corner Josh Victorian was targeted nine times and gave up seven completions for 88 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. The other stats: Lewis, 5 of 9, 76 yards, 1 TD; Robert Golden, 3 of 4, 30 yards, 1 TD; Polamalu, 2 of 3, 17 yards; Curtis Brown, 1 of 1, 4 yards; Ryan Clark, 1 of 2, 17 yards.

• NFL Network will air a one-hour special on The Immaculate Reception at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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