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STEELERS NOTEBOOK From Heinz Field



Published: Sun, August 26, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Up next: The Steelers wrap up the preseason here Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with an exhibition game against the Buffalo Bills.

Attendance and tickets: The attendance at the sold-out game (65,000 capacity) was 57,829. Hundreds of tickets were available for sale at face-value or less an hour before kickoff along the Roberto Clemente Bridge near PNC Park. Scalpers near Heinz Field were doing good business selling parking passes. Parking near the stadium costs $24. Downtown lots charge as little as $3.

Preseason fans: Steelers running back Jerome Bettis said he noticed the fans were subdued compared to normal Steelers games. "Hopefully, as the offense progresses, the fans will progress, and we will hear them a lot louder," Bettis said.

Injuries: Steelers cornerback Chad Scott injured his right knee early in the first quarter. Scott missed the 1998 season when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Steelers coach Bill Cowher said the initial diagnosis from Saturday's injury is the ACL. "They are going to do an MRI [today] to make sure that is the case." Just after halftime, Pittsburgh linebacker Clark Haggans was knocked out with a stinger. Also in the third quarter, the Lions lost four players: Tackle Aaron Gibson (concussion), wide receiver Larry Foster (bruised knee), linebacker Barret Green (shoulder) and cornerback Ray McElroy (injured quadriceps).

Getting better: Steelers starting quarterback Kordell Stewart was happy with how the first-team offense showed improvement. "We're getting there," Stewart said. "When you succeed, it gives you a boost of confidence and you just want to keep it going. That's what we have on our side right now [thanks to] 90-yard drives or whatever. As long as you keep progressing, it brings confidence."

No playing time: Steelers wide receiver Vanness Provitt, the Warren Harding graduate who played for Ohio State, did not play in Saturday's game. Provitt is a rookie free agent.

Likes the view: Stewart said the view from the field is so much better at Heinz Field than at Three Rivers Stadium. "You look up and you see Mount Washington and the boats going by, and you can hear their horns blowing. It's so much more lively than at Three Rivers Stadium."

-- Tom Williams




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