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Notebook: Roethlisberger nominated for Rookie of the Week

Jerry DiPaola
| Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004

Ben Roethlisberger has been nominated for Pepsi/NFL Rookie of the Week. Roethlisberger, who won the award last week, completed 17 of 25 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in the 28-17 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. Strong safety Troy Polamalu's 26-yard interception return that set the final score in that game was nominated for the Levitra Play of the Week. Voting will be conducted through Thursday on NFL.com.

  • Polamalu leads the Steelers with 33 tackles, which is an indicator of his speed and poor tackling among the front seven of the defense. Coach Bill Cowher said Polamalu and free safety Chris Hope we're making too many tackles against the Bengals. But he also has been impressed by their speed, especially Polamalu's. "Troy is everywhere, Cowher said. Cowher said Polamalu started 12 yards deep in the secondary on one play and still ran down quarterback Carson Palmer for no gain. But he also overran a play, allowing running back Rudi Johnson to gain 8.

  • Other than inside linebacker Kendrell Bell (hernia) and quarterback Tommy Maddox (elbow), neither of whom will play against the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers are relatively healthy. Wide receiver Hines Ward (wrist), running back Duce Staley (toe) and defensive end Travis Kirschke (mid-foot) are probable.

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    14 Rushing yards in four attempts by quarterback Tommy Maddox.

    11 Rushing yards in four attempts by wide receiver Antwaan Randle El.

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