Ben Roethlisberger practiced Wednesday, but didn't want to admit that maybe his timing was off because of his lack of practice time this season.
That may be a bit of a pipe dream.
Roethlisberger's reasoning was that the team's receivers are guys he's worked with in the past. But that just doesn't matter. When you're missing half the practices, your timing is going to be off. Otherwise, nobody would ever practice.
© The Steelers are about as healthy this week as they've been in the past month - with the notable exception of the cornerback position.
They had better dial up the pressure this week against San Diego.
LaMarr Woodley didn't practice Wednesday, but he'll be back for the game. That will help.
© Roethlisberger was chucking the ball deep in practice Wednesday. So much for the theory being touted on local radio that he couldn't.
The people saying that discounted the fact the Colts play a Cover-2 defense, which allows the ball to be thrown underneath.
© Willie Parker said he's embarrassed that the running game is averaging under 100 yards per game. That might not change this week against a San Diego secondary that's the worst in the NFL.
But at least Parker will be back.
He put his shirt on over his head while talking to me Wednesday, raising both arms over his head. There was no grimmace of pain like I've noticed with Roethlisberger at times. That's a good sign.
© Word is that Marvel Smith may undergo another back surgery - no surprise to readers of this blog.
So much for the back spasms, as head coach Mike Tomlin called them.