Steelers' Moore likely out for Saturday's game against Redskins
Mewelde Moore, one of the unsung players on last year's Super Bowl-winning Steelers, participated in some individual drills and did some jogging during practice Tuesday afternoon. The veteran running back injured his hamstring two weeks ago and has been mostly sidelined since. When asked if there's any chance he will play Saturday in an exhibition game against the Redskins in Washington, Moore chuckled. "I don't think so," he said. Moore figures to be the Steelers' third-down back this season -- provided he can stay healthy. The sixth-year man said he's anxious to return to practice. But, Moore added, he won't come back before he's recovered fully, so the hamstring problem doesn't become a lingering one. "The train's already left the station," Moore said. "Right now, I'm trying to get in physical form to where I can jump on a moving train and keep it moving. I'm not focusing on anything else except getting healthy."
· Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's return to the NFL following another brief retirement was news to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. "Really?" Roethlisberger said after practice yesterday afternoon. "Shoot, he did it right. He missed all of training camp. I'm going to try that." Roethlisberger said he's long admired the way Favre, who signed with the Vikings yesterday, plays the game. "I'm not saying I am like him, but I kind of model that gunslinger, unorthodox at times, just kind of make plays," Roethlisberger said. "I always loved how strong his arm was." The Steelers play the Vikings on Oct. 25 at Heinz Field. When asked if he had any thoughts on Favre's return, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, "None."
· The grind of training camp has gotten to some of the players, Tomlin said, particularly the younger ones. "When you get in the third week of camp, the water gets a little deep for them," Tomlin said. "We've got to get those guys back up to speed. Maybe they're not opening their (play)book every night. Maybe fatigue is a factor. They've got to be able to execute when fatigue sets in, mentally and physically. The battle is man versus himself right now." The Steelers break camp Friday.
· Defensive end Nick Eason left practice early yesterday because of a strained calf, Tomlin said. Defensive tackle Scott Paxson hurt his elbow but was able to finish practice. The Steelers held tight end Sean McHugh out of practice because of swelling in his knee. "Training camp knee, if you will," Tomlin said.
· Rain in between practice sessions yesterday caused the Steelers to stay off the grass fields in the afternoon and practice on the field with a synthetic surface. "We felt like if we put the big men on the grass, they'd chew it up and might not be able to be used the rest of the week," Tomlin said.
1 — Rushing touchdowns Moore had from 2004-07 with the Vikings.
5 — Rushing touchdowns Moore had last season, his first one with the Steelers.
85.4 — Favre's career quarterback rating.
89.4 — Roethlisberger's career quarterback rating.
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