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Seven Steelers sit out practice

By Scott Brown
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007

Seven Steelers players didn't practice Wednesday, including wide receivers Santonio Holmes (quadriceps) and Hines Ward (coach's decision), free safety Ryan Clark (spleen), defensive end Aaron Smith (knee) and offensive tackle Marvel Smith (coach's decision). Fullback Dan Kreider (ankle) and tight end Jerame Tuman (back) also were out. Ward caught eight passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Bengals, but he is still working his way back from a sprained knee that caused him to miss two games.

• Cornerback Bryant McFadden participated in his first full practice since sustaining a high ankle sprain at the end of September. McFadden, who has missed the Steelers' last three games, is hopeful that he can play Monday night when the Steelers host the Ravens.

"I feel pretty good right now, walking around and jogging," McFadden said before practice.

How well McFadden is able to cut and make other sharp movements on his hurt ankle will largely determine whether he plays against the Ravens.

• The Ravens sacked Ben Roethlisberger 14 times in two games last season. When asked if he could still feel some of those hits, the Steelers quarterback said, "No, you've got to have short-term memory loss."... Ravens quarterback Steve McNair is 11-4 in games he has started against the Steelers ... The Ravens didn't practice yesterday.


11 - Consecutive wins the Steelers have had at home when playing on Monday night.

12.5 - Tackles Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis has averaged in 18 career games against the Steelers.



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