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Notebook: Injuries nag Steelers

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004

Three Steelers players missed practice, including ailing linebacker Kendrell Bell , who has a sore groin and remains questionable for the game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The only other idle players are backup safety Mike Logan (hamstring, questionable) and quarterback Tommy Maddox (elbow), who is out for at least five more weeks.

  • When strong safety Troy Polamalu was at USC, he shared a house with Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer . Polamalu said he didn't pick up any of Palmer's tendencies during their time together, but they still speak occasionally. Asked what the conversation entails, Polamalu said, "Stuff football players normally talk about -- flowers and mountains and trees. "

  • Free safety Chris Hope's hit on Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Gordon separated Gordon's shoulder and ended his season. "You never want to be proud of hurting anybody," Hope said. "I know he has trained all year, just like I have, and it's just unfortunate that he got hurt. So, I apologize for that." Hope also said he doesn't mind the term head-hunter.

  • You can't argue with kicker Jeff Reed's logic. Asked about his struggles this season that were noted by coach Bill Cowher , Reed said, "Inconsistency can be corrected. All you have to do is be consistent." Reed said his leg feels stronger after offseason hip surgery. He didn't mind Cowher's criticism, he said. "It's more of a challenge than a critique, in my eyes," he said.

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