Steelers notebook: Cotchery says Tomlin turmoil not a distraction
Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said the Mike Tomlin sideline misstep isn't distracting the Steelers.
Multiple players didn't even know about the coach's $100,000 fine until reporters told them Wednesday.
“We're locked into the Dolphins, and nobody has been talking about it,” Cotchery said.
However, Cotchery said it was much different when the Jets were fined the same amount in 2010 after strength coach Sal Alosi interfered with a play.
Because the New York media contingent is so large, Cotchery said it proved to be a major distraction.
• Running back Le'Veon Bell was a full practice participant, less than a week after getting a concussion during a helmet-separating hit in Baltimore. He appears likely to play against Miami unless there are setbacks. He still must pass daily post-concussion tests. Held out were left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee), right guard David DeCastro (foot) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (ankle). Defensive end Brett Keisel has been ruled out. Tackle Mike Adams (ankle) was a full participant and could replace Beachum.
• Ben Roethlisberger is adjusting to Cody Wallace, who would be his third starting center this season. Wallace has never started an NFL game, but the quarterback has confidence in a lineman who has played only 40 snaps all season, and only two at center. “Every single person I talked to said the same thing: He's a really smart player; there will be no issue, he will be good to go,” Roethlisberger said. “I have the same confidence in him. I think he'll be ready to rock with it.”
• Ryan Clark is no fan of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and he showed it again. Asked if the NFL's fine of Tomlin was fair, Clark said, “It's not supposed to be fair. Roger Goodell? Since when has he been fair?”
• Antonio Brown needs five catches to join Hines Ward as the only Steelers receivers to catch 90 passes in a season.
• Roethlisberger is 4-0 with a 108.2 passer rating against the Dolphins, including a win in his first career NFL start in September 2004, hours after a hurricane swept through Miami.
• Wallace has 56 catches for 743 yards, a 13.3 average and three touchdowns. Steelers No. 3 receiver Cotchery has 36 catches for 509 yards, a 14.1 average and eight touchdowns.
— Alan Robinson
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