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By Mark Kaboly and Scott Brown
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

Don't look for James Harrison to seek out Brian Cushing anytime during Sunday's game and explain his comments in a July article of Men's Journal in which he said the Texans' linebacker "is juiced out of his mind."

It's not going to happen, Harrison said.

"I don't need to," he said after practice Wednesday.

Harrison ripped teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the article.

Harrison has apologized to Roethlisberger, Mendenhall and Goodell but won't apologize to Cushing when the Steelers and Texans meet at Reliant Stadium.

"It's not on my mind," Harrison said.

Cushing was suspended last year for the first four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He tested positive for a substance that can be used to mask steroid use.

Cushing later responded to Harrison's comments by saying "I'll pray for him."

> > Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was fined $7,500 for a low block during last week's game against Indianapolis. The Steelers have now been fined five times this season for a total of $62,500.

> > Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left practice early for a conference call, coach Mike Tomlin. Roethlisberger did not return.

> > Steelers receiver Mike Wallace is second to the Patriots' Wes Welker in yards receiving, but Wallace believes his yards are more difficult to come by.

"All he has to do is go five yards and turn around," Wallace said. "He gets up the field really fast. He gets good yards after the catch, as well. My yards come way harder than his, though. it's not even close."

> > Receiver Arnaz Battle (knee), defensive end Brett Keisel (knee), guard Doug Legursky (shoulder) and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (ankle) did not practice, while linebacker James Farrior, defensive end Aaron Smith and receiver Hines Ward were given the day off.

> > For the Texans, receiver Andre Johnson (knee, toe), cornerback Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and running back Derrick Ward (ankle, shoulder) didn't practice. Running back Arian Foster (hamstring) was a full participant.

> > Quarterback Charlie Batch's foundation has been nominated for the "Toyota Halftime Hand-Off — A Rally for Causes" Charity Challenge. Toyota will donate $10,000 a week throughout the season to charities that use sports to make a difference in their communities. Batch is a Homestead native who regularly gives back to the Pittsburgh community. Fans can vote for "Best of the Batch Foundation" Thursday through midnight Tuesday on Toyota's Facebook fan page. To vote, go to .

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