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PITTSBURGH STEELERS vs. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Weather Report: Dome Stadium.

STEELERS OFFICIAL INJURY REPORT
PROBABLE: QB Ben Roethlisberger (thumb), RB Jerome Bettis (quadriceps), WR Hines Ward (ankle), TE Jerame Tuman (knee), OT Max Starks (shoulder), DL Brett Keisel (shoulder), LB Joey Porter (elbow), CB Chidi Iwuoma (gluteal), CB Deshea Townsend (neck)
QUESTIONABLE: DL Travis Kirschke (back)
OUT: OT Marvel Smith (ankle), LB Andre Frazier (hamstring)
INJURED RESERVE: SS Russell Stuvaints (knee)

KEY INFORMATION
-- QB Ben Roethlisberger (thumb) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- RB Jerome Bettis (quadriceps) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- WR Hines Ward (ankle) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- TE Jerame Tuman (knee) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- OT Max Starks (shoulder) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- OT Marvel Smith (ankle) did not practice Friday, Dec. 16, and was downgraded to out for Week 15.
-- DL Travis Kirschke (back) did not practice Friday, Dec. 16, and is not expected to play in Week 15.
-- DL Brett Keisel (shoulder) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- LB Joey Porter (elbow) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- LB Andre Frazier (ankle) did not practice Friday, Dec. 16, and was downgraded to out for Week 15.
-- CB Deshea Townsend (neck) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, was upgraded to probable and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- CB Chidi Iwuoma (gluteal) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.

VIKINGS OFFICIAL INJURY REPORT
PROBABLE: RB Mewelde Moore (quadriceps), OT Cullen Loeffler (illness), DL Kevin Williams (knee), CB Fred Smoot (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: P Chris Kluwe (knee), LB Heath Farwell (knee)
OUT: LB Keith Newman (knee)
INJURED RESERVE: QB Daunte Culpepper (knee), RB Moe Williams (knee), C Matt Birk (hip), DL Steve Martin (ankle), DL Kenechi Udeze (knee), CB Laroni Gallishaw (ankle), FS Willie Offord (ACL)
SUSPENDED: RB Onterrio Smith
NFI: WR Aaron Hosack (undisclosed)

KEY INFORMATION
-- RB Mewelde Moore (quadriceps) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in a limited role during Week 15.
-- OT Cullen Loeffler (illness) missed practice Friday, Dec. 16, and is listed as probable for Week 15. C Cory Withrow handled the long snapper duties during practice.
-- DL Kevin Williams (knee) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- LB Keith Newman (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 15. He remains OUT for two weeks.
-- LB Heath Farwell (knee) did not practice Friday, Dec. 16, and was downgraded to questionable for Week 15. He is not likely to play.
-- CB Fred Smoot (shoulder) practiced Friday, Dec. 16, and is expected to play in Week 15.
-- P Chris Kluwe (knee) will punt Week 15.

VIKINGS NEWS AND NOTES
RB Ciatrick Fason might see his role increase during the final stretch of the 2005 season. Head coach Mike Tice, "We haven't been blessed to have a lot of big backs in here. Big backs really help you as you progress this time of the year, in December and January, especially if you go outside. Big backs are a premium in bad weather."

RB Mewelde Moore is not in head coach Mike Tice's doghouse, he's just not healthy. "Mewelde is not in the doghouse," Tice said Tuesday, Dec. 13. "He's banged up, and Michael (Bennett) is healthy, and we want the healthiest guys to take the bulk of the work." Moore was not available for comment. But he said Sunday, Dec. 11, that he was "available" to run the ball, in addition to his punt-return duties.