Pittsburgh survives scare vs. Baltimore

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 2:08 a.m.
PITTSBURGH - Nothing comes easy in the Ravens-Steelers rivalry, no matter the records or which team is healthy and which is hurting.
Jeff Reed kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining after Ben Roethlisberger opened each half with touchdown passes to rookie tight end Heath Miller, and the Steelers held off the depleted Baltimore Ravens 20-19 Monday night to tighten up the AFC North race.
  • VIKINGS: Quarterback Daunte Culpepper will miss the rest of the season with a devastating injury to his right knee.
    Culpepper, a three-time Pro Bowl pick coming off a career year whose effectiveness had fallen off dramatically this season, tore his anterior cruciate, medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in Sunday's 38-13 loss at Carolina.
  • RAMS: After missing two starts with a sprained shoulder, quarterback Marc Bulger said he'd be back without a doubt for the Nov. 13 game at Seattle.
    Wide receiver Torry Holt (strained knee ligament) stopped short of a guarantee but was optimistic after testing his injury with some running drills. Defensive end Leonard Little, who has missed two games while grieving the shooting death of a younger brother, also is expected to return.
  • CARDINALS: The team got good news when an MRI examination determined wide receiver Anquan Boldin's knee injury was nothing more than a bone bruise.
    No timetable was set for Boldin's return, but the team said he wouldn't be out as long as feared.
  • SEAHAWKS: Safety Ken Hamlin keeps progressing in his recovery from being assaulted two weeks ago.
    Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said that Hamlin is ''doing better'' while recuperating at his home one week after doctors released Hamlin from Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.
  • BROWNS: Cleveland's 19-16 loss to previously winless Houston could lead to rookie Charlie Frye replacing Trent Dilfer at quarterback.
    Cleveland's third straight loss, and a lack of offensive production, has left coach Romeo Crennel pondering the move, although he didn't divulge which way he's leaning.
  • LIONS: Two weeks after Jeff Garcia took the starting job away from Joey Harrington, Garcia isn't sure he will be healthy enough to start Sunday's game in Minnesota.
  • EAGLES: Punter Dirk Johnson has what coach Andy Reid termed a ''pretty significant'' groin injury. He'll see another doctor today, and his status is uncertain. However, kicker David Akers could return this week against Washington after missing four games with a hamstring injury.
  • JETS: The injury-plagued Jets placed quarterback Chad Pennington on injured reserve, along with starting center Kevin Mawae and linebacker Eric Barton.
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