Opening: That was a hard fought win for us, like the other 11 have been. But it's good to finish the regular season on a positive note, finish 12-4 particularly in a division town. Now we push off. We got our marching orders and we are on our way to Denver. We had some injuries sustained in the game, many of which are minor. Of course the Rashard Mendenhall injury is not. Potentially that is a knee. We'll get that taken a look at when we get back to Pittsburgh. You should anticipate that he will not be participating next week for us. Some of the other ones are potentially still in play. We'll deal with those things. We are going to rally back in Pittsburgh and meet tomorrow afternoon and talk about plans and times and so forth. We are excited about being in the field of 12. We turn the page now, we move forward into the single elimination tournament. We are excited about that. We are comfortable in that arena. And we look forward to pursuing the Lombardi.
Did John Clay move up the depth chart or was that just today?
There weren't many other names on the depth chart. It was just the circumstances today.
Will you be less likely to go to Isaac Redman?
He carried the ball quite a bit. Over the second half of the game there was no demotion there. We were just utilizing two guys. He had 19, 20 carries. It's just the nature of how the game unfolded. Obviously we would like him to hold on to the football better than he did there at the end of the game.
Does it look like an ACL with Rashard?
Potentially. We need to take a look at it. It's not good when a guy goes down in open grass not touched by anyone. Experience tells me that's generally not good.
Can you talk about how the defense stepping up, especially after the fumbles?It's that time of year. They have got to respond in that manner. We expect them to. We appreciate the fact that they delivered, but that's the level of expectation, particularly this time of year.
Can you talk about Hines Ward's milestone?
We tip our cap to Hines. We are excited and happy for him and proud of him. What a tremendous accomplishment. We are talking about a small few. Let's face it, if we are talking about anything and we are talking about Hines Ward and professional football, he is in a category with a small few.
Any chance you will get Mewelde Moore back?
We'll see. Of course there is a possibility for that. Of course there is a possibly of some others, LaMarr Woodley and others. We'll take the healthy ones and proceed. We won't bat an eye in that regard. We understand where we are. We will play and play to win. The guys that will be suited are the guys that will represent us and play to the standard.
What will be the status of Ryan Clark playing in Denver?
We're going to meet with the doctors at some point tomorrow or Tuesday. It's a discussion. Last time we went we exercised some precaution. We choose not to play him, but we worked him out extensively to see how he responded to that. We gathered information and data in that regard. Now we get an opportunity to utilize that. Now we will put some heads together. When I am talking about heads I am talking about medical experts, not myself. We'll see what the medical experts have to say and then we'll go from there.
What are your thoughts on facing the Denver Broncos?
Can you talk about Ben Roethlisberger's health?
Of course he is not 100 percent but there are many guys out there that are in uniform that aren't. That is the nature of the game, particularly this time of year.