By Mike Bires The most compelling story in the National Football League this season is Brett Favre playing quarterback for Minnesota. But the true star for the unbeaten Vikings is a phenom running back who’s called “Purple Jesus.” That would be Adrian Peterson, who’s rushed for more yards and more touchdowns than any other back since he entered the league in 2007.
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is already putting his latest run-in with the law behind him. He was not punished, at least publicly, by coach Mike Tomlin. And he does not expect to be punished by the National Football League although its investigation is ongoing.
BROWNS (1-4) at STEELERS (3-2) 1 p.m. at Heinz Field (65,050) in Pittsburgh Playing surface: Natural grass TV COVERAGE CBS (locally KDKA-TV, Channel 2) Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Solomon Wilcots, analysis RADIO Steelers Radio Network (WDVE-FM, 102.5, WBGG-AM, 970; WBVP-AM, 1230, WMBA-AM, 1460) Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play; Tunch Ilkin, analysis; Craig Wolfley, sideline reporter SERIES HISTORY
Now that Aaron Smith is done for the year, playing time for Ziggy Hood should increase. Hood, the Steelers’s first-round pick in this year’s draft, won’t start at left defensive end Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. But he’s in the mix of replacements who’ll try to measure up to the high standards set by Smith over the years. “It will probably be a committee of bodies trying to fill (Smith’s) void,” coach Mike Tomlin. “The usual suspects: Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason and Ziggy Hood.”
PITTSBURGH ─The Steelers announced today that 11-year veteran defensive end Aaron Smith was placed on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury and will miss the remainder of the 2009 season. The Steelers replaced Smith on their active roster by signing rookie defensive end Ra’shon “Sunny” Harris off of the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad. Harris (6-5, 300) was selected by the Steelers in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Oregon.
OLB Woodley vs RT Cherilus It’s a homecoming of sorts for LaMarr Woodley, who hails from Saginaw. So the Steelers’ left outside linebacker would like to put on a show in his first pro game in his home state of Michigan, and maybe even get his first sack of the season. “It’s going to be a great feeling,” Woodley said. “I’ve got a lot of family coming to the game, and a lot of people who haven’t seen me play since high school, and they’re more excited than I am about the game.” It would be unfair to say that Woodley hasn’t play well so far this season. But he definitely isn’t making the splash plays he did last year when he recorded 11.5 sacks during the regular season and then six more in the playoffs. At times, he’s applied pressure on opposing quarterbacks. But not only has he failedRead More »