Defensive coordinator Ray Horton said he’s using 30 percent of his scheme in right now, obviously a low number and something he plans to ramp up quickly. The Cardinals did have a good chunk of the defense available earlier this season but Horton scaled it back after early-season issues.
“This week was the first week I really felt like we could put some new stuff in and next week I am putting everything back in,” Horton said.
With the bye week, he could have put more back in now, but Horton said that was in deference to explosive Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace. “He’s a special guy and you have to respect what he does,” Horton said. “I don’t want a bad matchup with (No.) 17, who is averaging 20 yards a catch, running deep on us.”
Players have been asking for Horton to put more back in but “I didn’t think they were ready. That’s kind of my job.”
– Tight end Todd Heap (hamstring) sat out practice again Friday, although he is listed as questionable for the game. Steelers starters NT Casey Hampton (shoulder), LB James Harrison (eye), G Doug Legursky (toe) and DE Aaron Smith (foot) are all out, while DT Chris Hoke (neck) is doubtful.
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