Roethlisberger, Farrior back, Smith still out

Posted Nov 25, 2005

PITTSBURGH – The good news was that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker James Farrior were back at practice Wednesday for the Steelers as they prepared to play the Indianapolis Colts.

The bad news was that both starting offensive tackles were out.

Marvel Smith and Max Starks both sat out practice Wednesday, leaving the team with rookie Trai Essex and journeyman Barrett Brooks as the only two healthy tackles on the active roster.

"It was just a precautionary thing," said Starks, in his first season as the Steelers starting right tackle. "I bruised my knee against Baltimore and we just wanted to give it an extra day of rest."

Smith, however, sat out Sunday's 16-13 loss at Baltimore, though he wasn't pleased about it.

"I would have been out there had it been my choice," said Smith, a Pro Bowl left tackle, on sitting out against Baltimore. "I plan on being out there Monday night."

That would be good news for the Steelers, who will put a premium on replacing Roethlisberger in his first start back after missing three games with a knee injury.

Center Jeff Hartings also took the day off for an extra rest period, while linebacker Andre Frazier (hamstring) and backup quarterback Charlie Batch (hand) were the only other two Steelers to sit out.

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