--OT Max Starks, making nearly $7 million this season as a transition player, has been the No. 3 tackle. Yet when Marvel Smith left in the fourth quarter Sunday in Jacksonville with cramps, Trai Essex was sent in to replace him, not Starks.
"No, I wasn't disappointed," Starks said. "I knew both of us could play both positions. I know our strong suits -- Trai's naturally a left tackle and was a natural fit rather than what's been happening."
--It appears second-year pro Darnell Stapleton will remain at right guard when the Steelers next play. He made his first start there Sunday in place of Kendall Simmons, who was placed on injured reserve.
"He had an opportunity and he delivered, which is encouraging. We will continue to move forward in that regard," coach Mike Tomlin said.
--LB James Harrison was fined $20,000 by the league for his comments after his roughing-the-passer penalty against Jacksonville's David Garrard in the fourth quarter.
"When it comes down to it, these refs should start getting fined for making bad calls," Harrison said.
BY THE NUMBERS: 18 -- Sacks the Steelers have allowed after five games, half of their total of 36 from last season and on pace for nearly 58, which would break their team record.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We are not trying to tell a story or over-evaluate at this point; we like to live in a tunnel and keep it black-and-white." -- Coach Mike Tomlin, asked to explain what being 4-1 meant to him entering the bye week.