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By Scott Brown
Friday, Aug. 19, 2011
 

Steelers starting left tackle Jonathan Scott is optimistic that an MRI taken Thursday night will bring good news.

Scott left the Steelers' 24-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles after the first play, and coach Mike Tomlin said Scott had hyperextended his right knee.

"I have that inner feeling that everything's going to be all right," Scott said. "Just my inner Godly feeling that says I'll be OK. That's the initial thinking, but of course I'm not the experts. In the meantime, I'm just going to stay off of it and let the healing process take place. I'm resilient. I'll be ready to play next time."

Scott's replacement at left tackle, Marcus Gilbert, also hyperextended his knee, Tomlin said, while Isaac Redman (ankle) and Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) suffered minor injuries.

"It looks like we got out from an injury standpoint pretty good," said Tomlin said, adding that kicker Shaun Suisham is recovering from an appendectomy.

The Steelers may have avoided what would have been a devastating injury when Eagles quarterback Michael Vick hit the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year in the knee.

The blow came at the end Troy Polamalu's 36-yard interception return, and outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley took exception to it.

Woodley said Vick got a clean hit on Polamalu because of added protection quarterbacks receive after interceptions. They are considered defenseless players until they try to make a tackle during a return.

"If that rule wasn't in, we could have made a block on him." Woodley said. "Had we took him out from the beginning, he would have never got that tackle."

James Harrison said he could have blocked Vick but pulled back because he didn't want to draw a penalty.

"I wouldn't think he'd hit him like that if he was trying to tackle him," Harrison said.

Polamalu said he didn't have a problem with how low Vick went to make a stop.

"I've done that plenty of times to people, as well," Polamalu said. "That's the nature of the game."

» Starting defensive end Aaron Smith did not suit up for the Steelers on Thursday night. Smith, who played in the preseason opener, has been sidelined by swelling in his knee. Ziggy Hood started in Smith's place at left defensive end. With Ike Taylor (thumb) and Bryant McFadden (hamstring) sidelined, Keenan Lewis and William Gay started at cornerback. Lewis intercepted a Vick pass in the second quarter, one of three picks the Steelers made in the period.

» Former Pitt running backs LeSean McCoy and Dion Lewis returned to Heinz Field on Thursday night. McCoy rushed for 25 yards on four carries. His biggest play, a 12-yard catch-and-run, came after he put a nifty move on Woodley in the open field. Lewis' night will be remembered for a fumble. Safety Will Allen stripped the rookie after a 5-yard run. Outside linebacker Baraka Atkins recovered.

» Center Maurkice Pouncey was officially presented with the Joe Greene Award. It is given annually to the top Steelers rookie, an honor Pouncey won last season. ... The Steelers are off today and return to practice Saturday.

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