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Insider Only Steelers Notebook: Hood draws praise from coaches and teammates

KUDOS FOR ZIGGY HOOD
The key defensive play in Monday’s 28-10 win in Denver was free safety Tyrone Carter returning an interception 48 yards for a touchdown in the second half. Carter was Johnny-on-the-spot, but Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was quick to point out Ziggy Hood’s impact on that play.

“The guy who gets an assist on that one is Ziggy Hood,” LeBeau said of the Steelers’ rookie defensive end. “He had pressure on the quarterback (Kyle Orton) and made him throw the ball before he wanted to and made him threw the ball not where he wanted to.”
Hood, the Steelers’ No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, said he was just doing his job.
“Tyrone doesn’t have to thank me,” Hood said. “That’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what I’m out there for.”
With Aaron Smith out for the year with a shoulder injury and Travis Kirschke sitting out the Denver game with a torn calf muscle, Hood got plenty of reps as a backup behind starting D-ends Brett Keisel and Nick Eason.
“It’s like I’ve been saying all year,” Hood said, “I’m getting better with every practice and every game.”
ROETHLISBERGER: NO COMMENT ON “E-60” INTERVIEW
Before practice Thursday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger refused to discuss his taped interview that aired Monday night on ESPN.
All season long, Roethlisberger has refused to discuss the sexual lawsuit that was filed against file in July by woman from Nevada. But he decided to break his silence for an “E-60” interview conducted by ESPN sports reporter Michael Smith.
“Next question, please” Roethlisberger said when asked why he chose to discuss his legal issue on now on national TV.
INJURY UPDATE
Safety Tyrone Carter, one of the stars of Monday’s win in Denver, sat out practice Thursday with flu-like symptoms. He’s expected back Friday.
Meanwhile, fullback Carey Davis (hamstring) and defensive Travis Kirschke (torn calf muscle) missed their second straight day of practice this week and will not play against the Bengals.
Kirschke was hurt in the Oct. 25 game against Minnesota. Davis was hurt in Denver.

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