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Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th126.1 (6th)258.8 (13th)
Defense23rd93.0 (5th)278.4 (28th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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--Safety Ryan Clark said if it had been up to him, he would have played Monday night in Denver. Coach Mike Tomlin decided to make him inactive for the game because Clark, who has sickle cell trait, had major health issues after playing there two years ago.

"I would have played," Clark said. "That just means he's smarter than I am because obviously I'm standing here right now."

--QB Ben Roethlisberger spoke publicly for the first time since July about the sexual assault civil lawsuit filed against him this summer. He said nothing new but his teammates again came to his defense when asked about it.

"As an elite quarterback as he is and as much as he means to the sports world, to have that kind of tarnish on his name is hurtful," tackle Willie Colon said. "I know as much as he (says) it doesn't, I think it does hurt him."

--The Steelers wore hats under their helmets at practice Wednesday to honor military veterans on Veterans' Day.

--DE Aaron Smith, placed on injured reserve after the season's fifth game when it was discovered his right rotator cuff was torn, had surgery last week.

12 -- Number of prime-time games coach Mike Tomlin's Steelers have won consecutively after they lost his first game in prime-time as their coach.

"If we proceed and continue to grow and get better, it's a game that we can point back to when the dust settles in March or February." -- Mike Tomlin on his team's 28-10 victory in Denver.

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