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Steelers notebook: Offensive line knew it had to step up

| Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, 7:57 p.m.

Left guard Ramon Foster said Steelers linemen were aware after left tackle Levi Brown went down with a triceps injury during pregame warm-ups that Guy Whimper was the only available reserve offensive lineman Sunday.

Former starter Mike Adams wasn't active.

“Everybody was all in,” Foster said. “We knew nobody could go down.”

Foster said he wasn't troubled by a pectoral muscle issue that bothered him early last week.

• The Steelers gave Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith some looks they had not used previously, according to rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. “It made him ... I won't say make bad decisions, but make quicker decisions,” Jones said. “I think we did a real good job of disguising it and being disciplined in what we were running. We were able to create some pressure.” Pressure from Jones led to the Steelers' second takeaway, a Lawrence Timmons interception of Smith.

Ben Roethlisberger announced Monday on his website that he and wife, Ashley, are expecting their second child in the spring. Ben Jr. — nicknamed Baby Ben — was born Nov. 21. The newest arrival won't conflict with any game days.

• Cornerback Ike Taylor said the defense's goal is to hold a team to below 200 yards passing and 80 rushing; the Steelers almost achieved that by holding the Jets to 184 passing and 83 rushing. “It's hard to do that,” Taylor said. “But as long as we're running and hitting, everything else pretty much falls in line.”

• The Steelers are an 21st against the run but, with Ray Rice limited to 34 yards on 14 carries Sunday, the Ravens ran for only 47 yards in losing to the Packers, 19-17. Baltimore had 10 runs of 1 yard or less, is averaging only 2.7 yards per carry and is 27th overall in rushing.

• The Steelers not only haven't had a 100-yard rusher this season, they haven't rushed for more than 80 yards as a team in 11 games. Their last plus-100 game as a team was Nov. 18 in Baltimore (134 yards).

Antonio Brown has 30 catches in his last three games, tying Hines Ward for the most in team history over such a span. Brown already has 41 catches and is on pace for 131, which would easily top Ward's team record of 112 in 2002.

• The Ravens have won two straight and three of their past four regular-season games in Heinz Field. Seven of last nine Ravens-Steelers games were decided by three points, including the last three.

— Alan Robinson

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