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09-20-2008, 12:31 AM
Steelers Notebook: Simmons on baby watch; Big Ben gets new statistics
Friday, September 19, 2008
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers guard Kendall Simmons is expecting his third child in a little more than a week. Celesta Simmons is due Sept. 29, the same day the Steelers play host to the Baltimore Ravens in a Monday night game at Heinz Field.

The only problem is, Celesta has been a week or two early with the couple's previous two children, which is making Simmons anxious heading into the game Sunday at Philadelphia.

Simmons said he will return home to Pittsburgh if Celesta goes into labor this weekend and is prepared to miss the game.

"I'm hoping it doesn't happen during the game or Saturday night," Simmons said. "But I have to be there for that. I can't pass up a situation like that."

Simmons is keeping coach Mike Tomlin updated on the situation, and he said Tomlin has given his blessing to return for the birth. But Tomlin apparently was one of the few in the Steelers' organization aware that Simmons might miss the game.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians did not know about it yesterday and neither did center Justin Hartwig nor reserve guard Darnell Stapleton.

Stapleton has been taking a few repetitions with the first team during practice this week, but no more than any other week, he said.

If Celesta makes it through this weekend, Simmons said she will be induced sometime next week before the Monday night game.

"I just pray she makes it through this weekend and everything goes well," he said.

Ben completes pass ... to himself

The good news for Ben Roethlisberger is he has one fewer sack, one more completion and one more pass reception than Nate Washington and Mewelde Moore.

The bad news: His league-leading passer rating dropped.

The Elias Sports Bureau, which handles statistics for the National Football League, has taken away a sack against Roethlisberger in the Steelers' 10-6 victory in Cleveland after reviewing video of the play.

The play occurred with 10:51 left in the second quarter when Roethlisberger was sacked by Browns nose tackle Shaun Smith -- one of three sacks originally credited to Cleveland. Elias changed the call, saying Roethlisberger was actually attempting a pass, hit one of his linemen in the back with the ball and caught the deflection before being tackled by Smith for a 7-yard loss.

So, instead of his statistics being 12 of 19 for 186 yards with a 113.0 passer rating against the Browns, Roethlisberger is officially credited with being 13 of 20 for 179 yards and a 110.2 passer rating.

He also is credited with a pass reception -- something Washington, the No. 3 receiver, and Moore, the third-down back, haven't managed in two games.

Because of the yardage loss, Roethlisberger's two-game passer rating changed from 136.3 to 133.9, still enough to lead the NFL over Arizona's Kurt Warner (128.5).

Farrior fined

The NFL informed Steelers linebacker James Farrior yesterday that he had been fined $7,500 for flashing an obscene gesture at fans in Cleveland during the game Sunday night. Farrior drew a penalty on the play for "taunting." He said afterward that he became upset because Browns fans were celebrating a temporary injury to Steelers safety Ryan Clark.

Injury update

Defensive end Brett Keisel (calf), cornerback Deshea Townsend (heel) and linebacker Donovan Woods (hamstring) did not practice yesterday. Nose guard Casey Hampton returned to practice after limited participation Wednesday.

For the Eagles, guard Shawn Andrews (back) and center Jamaal Jackson (not injury related) did not take part in their workout.
Post-Gazette sports writers Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette contributed to this report.
First published on September 19, 2008 at 12:00 am