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    Steelers notes: Sylvester keeps making plays

    By: Mike Bires, Times Sports StaffBeaver County Times
    Friday September 3, 2010 01:39 AM

    PITTSBURGH -- Stevenson Sylvester may have clinched a spot on the Steelers' roster.

    The rookie inside linebacker out of Utah had another strong preseason performance Thursday night in a 19-3 win over Carolina.

    In the second quarter, Sylvester was especially effective with two impressive plays.

    The first was a big hit when he drilled Dantrell Savage as the Panther running back bobbled a short pass over the middle. The second was a sack of quarterback Hunter Cantwell for a 13-yard sack.

    Sylvester, a fifth-round draft choice, did jump off-sides once. But he still played well as he battled for a roster spot.

    If the Steelers keep eight linebackers as they did last year, they may have to choose between Sylvester, rookie Thaddeus Gibson, a fourth-round pick out of Ohio State, or third-year pro Patrick Bailey.

    But if the Steelers keep nine linebackers, it’s hard to imagine Sylvester not making the team.

    Sylvester led the Steelers with two preseason sacks.


    Two of the Steelers’ four starting linebackers didn’t play.

    Inside ‘backer James Farrior sat out as a gash on the side of his head continues to heal. Farrior needed six stitches Sunday when he was cut while making a tackle in Denver.

    Farrior was replaced by Larry Foote.

    Outside ‘backer James Harrison was out of the lineup due to minor shoulder injury. In Harrison’s absence, Lawrence Timmons moved from his usual spot inside to the outside.

    Starting in Timmons’ spot was Keyaron Fox.

    Meanwhile, William Gay started at cornerback in place of Bryant McFadden, who sat out with a chest muscle injury.


    Ben Roethlisberger started at quarterback for the Steelers and played two series. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 39 yards.

    Dennis Dixon came in for just one play in the second quarter after Byron Leftwich left with a left knee injury. Dixon threw a 23-yard touchdown as to rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and compiled a perfect 158.3 passer rating, his second of the preseason.


    The Steelers must cut 22 players by 4 p.m. Saturday in order to get to their mandatory 53-man roster.

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    Default Re: Steelers notes: Sylvester keeps making plays

    I think Stevenson is a lock to make the team. Or at least he should be. Love what I'm seeing from this kid. He's been making plays since the Giants game from what I've seen.

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