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Notebook: Bell still absent from practice

Jerry DiPaola
| Friday, Sept. 24, 2004

Steelers inside linebacker Kendrell Bell (groin), cornerback Chad Scott (groin) and backup safety Mike Logan (hamstring) missed practice Thursday. Backup running back Verron Haynes (hip pointer) returned. Bell hasn't played since the first preseason game Aug. 14.

  • With Ben Roethlisberger ready to make his first career start on Sunday, Steelers right guard Keydrick Vincent started reminiscing about the first time he played more than a few snaps in an NFL game. It was in Tennessee in 2001 when right tackle Marvel Smith was injured and Oliver Ross had to move from right guard to replace him. Vincent, an undrafted rookie at the time, replaced Ross. "I had no technique," Vincent said. "I was just fighting for my life. I just wanted to fight everybody. I was missing blocks, but I was going to kick the (stuffing) out of whoever was in front of me."

  • Marvel Smith has spent the better part of this week watching video of defensive end Jason Taylor , who is the most prolific sack artist in Dolphins history (72 sacks). "Whenever, you feel like you have him blocked, he'll go to another move and that's when I see a lot of (blockers) getting beat," Smith said. "They just get lazy with their technique and he'll out-quick them." Smith never has played against Taylor, and is looking forward to the challenge. "You always have to look forward to playing against their best players, so I can't wait for the game," he said.

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