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Notebook: Porter not impressed with Boller

Jerry DiPaola
| Monday, Sept. 20, 2004

Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter wasn't especially impressed with Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller , who completed only 10 of 18 passes for 98 yards and ran eight times for 34.

"He just kept stepping up and running the ball," Porter said. "He didn't want to pass it. He was scared to throw interceptions. But he did enough for them to win them."

  • Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress thought cornerback Deion Sanders interfered with him on a long pass down the middle, but there was no call.

    "The referee told me he thought the ball was uncatchable," Burress said. "He didn't think I was going to get the ball. I thought, 'Wow.' I would have made the catch. I never got a chance to get the ball because I was hog-tied."

    Burress also said that Sanders' reputation probably helped him.

    "Veteran guy, future Hall of Famer," he said. Steelers coach Bill Cowher, however, agreed with the official.

    "Plax wasn't really given a chance to catch that one," he said.

  • Heard in the locker room: -- "Other than the (two) interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), he (Ben Roethlisberger) played a good game." -- Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward

    -- "He's going to be our future, eventually," Burress.

  • The Ravens lost tight end Todd Heap with an ankle injury and Sanders with a hamstring late in the second quarter, and they did not return. The Steelers lost special teams ace Chidi Iwuoma (abdominal strain). Iwouma's injury isn't considered serious.

  • An intentional grounding call against Tommy Maddox in the second quarter cost the Steelers 12 yards, from the Baltimore 18 to the 30, and Jeff Reed ended up missing a 48-yard field goal attempt. Maddox was in the grasp of linebacker Terrell Suggs outside the pocket and tried to throw the ball the ball away, but it didn't reach the line of scrimmage Cowher protested, saying that Maddox's arm was hit and that caused the throw to be short. "His (referee Walt Coleman) interpretation was that, in his opinion, once he is in the grasp, it's not a question of whether the arm was hit. It's a question of whether the ball makes to the line of scrimmage. I have to question the interpretation of the rule."

  • Ben Roethlisberger said the interception that Chris McAlister returned 51 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was caused when he held up the number 10 at the line of scrimmage and the receiver ( Lee Mays ) thought he held up five. "He thought it was a different play," Roethlisberger said. He also said he didn't throw the ball with enough force on his first interception and another throw that safety Ed Reed tipped into Ward's hands.

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