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Tomlin shakeup doesn't emerge in Cleveland

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By Scott Brown
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
 

CLEVELAND — The shakeup that coach Mike Tomlin said might be coming after the Steelers lost their fourth consecutive game didn't happen Thursday night in Cleveland. No changes were made to the starting lineup and two regulars — wide receiver Hines Ward (hamstring) and cornerback William Gay (head) — played despite sustaining injuries last Sunday.

Perhaps the biggest surprise among the Steelers inactives last night was cornerback Keenan Lewis. Tomlin said earlier this week that the Steelers wanted to take a long look at Lewis and fellow rookie Joe Burnett.

While Gay started, Burnett came in on the second series at the cornerback spot opposite Ike Taylor. That was the only series he played in place of Gay in the first half.

In a minor change, Mewelde Moore and Stefan Logan each returned punts and kickoffs last night. Lewis may have been caught in a numbers crunch.

» With Ward's hamstring a concern, the Steelers dressed five wide receivers for the first time this season. Tyler Grisham, who was signed from the practice squad last Wednesday served as the Steelers' No. 4 wide receiver, ahead of Limas Sweed.

» In addition to Lewis, strong safety Troy Polamalu (knee), defensive end Nick Eason, fullback Carey Davis, guard Kraig Urbik, offensive tackle Tony Hills, defensive end Sunny Harris and quarterback Charlie Batch were inactive.

» Santonio Holmes went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the season last night. It is the first time at any level that Holmes has eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark ... Ward has caught at least one pass in 175 consecutive regular-season games, which is a team record ... Ray Ventrone, a Chartiers Valley High graduate, left the game in the first half with a hand injury. The Scott native is one of the Browns' top special teams' players.

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