Monday, October 30, 2006
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Their loss yesterday to the Raiders might have cost the Steelers a realistic chance to make the playoffs. It certainly ended the season for two of their players.
Halfback Verron Haynes and linebacker Arnold Harrison each left the game yesterday with knee injuries.
"I think we probably lost Verron and Arnold Harrison for the year," coach Bill Cowher said.
Starting center Jeff Hartings also left the game after a first-half knee injury that Cowher said could keep him out "for an extended period of time."
Chukky Okobi replaced Hartings to start the second half and threw two good blocks to help spring Willie Parker for his 25-yard touchdown on a screen pass.
Parker and Najeh Davenport took turns replacing Haynes as the third-down back. Veteran Duce Staley, who has been inactive for all but one game this season, probably will suit up to take Haynes' place on the game-day roster. The Steelers will add two players to their 53-man roster to take the spots of Haynes and Harrison.