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Steelers scratch Limas Sweed

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wanted a tall receiver, even though he won a Super Bowl without one.

In 2008, Big Ben got a big wideout -- Limas Sweed, a second-rounder from Texas.

But Sweed has been a disappointment so far, with plenty of dropped passes. (One reader said that Sweed was the perfect guy to drop the puck at the Penguins’ home opener.)

Our NBC friends on the scene in Pittsburgh tell us that Sweed won’t dress tonight for the Steelers. Also inactive for the Steelers tonight are cornerback Keenan Lewis, running back Willie Parker, safety Troy Polamalu, guard Kraig Urbik, tackle Tony Hills, and tight end David Johnson. Dennis Dixon is the emergency quarterback.

The inactives for the Chargers are Kevin Ellison, safety C.J. Spillman, center Nick Hardwick, guard Tyronne Green, receiver Buster Davis, linebacker Antwan Applewhite, and defensive lineman Travis Johnson. The third quarterback is Charlie Whitehurst.

The game begins at 8:15 ET on NBC.