Steelers Notebook: Lambert misses Steelers' party

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Where's Jack Splat?

Jack Lambert, who has remained somewhat reclusive since his retirement after the 1984 season, did not show up for last night's game as part of the Steelers 75th Season team.

Lambert also did not attend the gala 75th season celebration Sunday night at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Lambert is one of five linebackers on the Steelers' 33-man all-time team that was introduced Sunday night at the convention center and again last night at halftime.

Lambert, who lives in nearby Armstrong County, informed the Steelers he would not attend. Virtually every other living member of the 33-man team appeared at the game, including Terry Bradshaw and Jerome Bettis, who could not make the Sunday night event because they were working. The only other living player on the all-time team not at the game was linebacker Joey Porter, who plays for the Miami Dolphins.

The Steelers gave no reason for Lambert's absence. Each player was introduced at halftime and walked onto the field. When Lambert was introduced, a clip of him was shown on the scoreboard. Porter, who was released by the Steelers this season and signed with Miami, was the only player who drew a smattering of boos when he was introduced.

Making up

Three members of the 33-man team whose careers with the Steelers came to somewhat bitter ends all attended Sunday night's event and were in attendance as well for the game last night. Cornerback Rod Woodson, linebacker Greg Lloyd and kicker Gary Anderson came back for the reunion. Woodson spoke at Sunday night's affair. Woodson and Anderson were not re-signed as free agents and left after holding bitter new conferences. Lloyd was released a year after he was injured and developed a staph infection.

1 pass, 1 interception

Backup quarterback Charlie Batch threw his first passes of the season and had his first interception last night.

Batch replaced an injured Ben Roethlisberger, first in the third quarter and again with 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

He replaced Roethlisberger in four previous games but did nothing more than hand off in the fourth quarter of those victories.

Ed Reed made the interception with 7:25 left in the game.


The Baltimore Ravens played without their starting two cornerbacks and without tight end Todd Heap last night.

Heap and the two cornerbacks, Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle, all are injured. They were to be replace by third-string tight end Quinn Sypniewski and cornerbacks Derric Martin and Corey Ivy. Second-string tight end Daniel Wilcox also was scratched by the Ravens because of an injury. Lee Vickers, who went through the Steelers' training camp this summer as a defensive end before he was cut, was signed off the Ravens practice squad to serve as the No. 2 tight end.

As expected the Steelers were without two defensive starters -- end Aaron Smith and free safety Ryan Clark. Travis Kirschke started for Smith and Anthony Smith for Clark.

The rest of the Steelers' inactives: No. 3 QB Brian St. Pierre, WR Willie Reid, RB Gary Russell, OL Darnell Stapleton, OT Trai Essex and TE Jerame Tuman.

The rest of the Ravens' inactives: RB Cory Ross, RB Mike Anderson, LB Antwan Barnes, TE Daniel Wilcox and No. 3 QB Troy Smith.

Quick hits

Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher was in attendance and introduced on the field before the game. He shook hands with coach Mike Tomlin and got a big hug from many of his former players and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. ... Roethlisberger's first-period touchdown pass to Heath Miller set a Steelers record previously owned by Terry Bradshaw. Roethlisberger has thrown a touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games. Bradshaw had 12 in a row from the 1978 through the 1979 seasons. ... Roethlisberger passed Bobby Layne (67), Neil O'Donnell (68) and Kordell Stewart (70) to place second in team history with 72 touchdown passes. He has a long way to go to become number one -- Bradshaw threw 212.


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