SCOUTING REPORT STEELERS (2-2) at LIONS (1-3) 1 p.m. at Ford Field (64,500) in Detroit Playing surface: Field Turf TV COVERAGE CBS (locally KDKA-TV, Channel 2) Dick Enberg, play-by-play; Dan Fouts, 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 TODAY’S ANGLE The heavily-favored Steelers (2-2) will have a chance to move closer to first place in the AFC North. If they win as expected, they’ll be only one game out of first place. The two teams ahead of them in the division _ the Ravens (3-1) and Bengals (3-1) _ play today in Baltimore. INJURY REPORT STEELERS Running back Willie Parker will miss his second straight game with a turf toe injury. He’ll be replaced by Rashard Mendenhall, who rushed for 165 yardfs last week in a win over San Diego. Strong safety Troy PolamaluRead More »
By Mike Bires Shaun McDonald will have a homecoming of sorts when the Steelers play in Detroit on Sunday. But it appears that he will do so as a bystander. A wide receiver who spent the past two seasons with the Lions, McDonald said after practice Thursday that be will not be in uniform Sunday. That means Limas Sweed is out of coach Mike Tomlin’s doghouse, at least for this week. “I’m ready to get back in the mix and have some fun,” Sweed said after practice. Sweed lost his spot as the No. 4 wideout after dropping what would have been a 34-yard touchdown pass in 23-20 loss in Cincinnati on Set. 27. He was not in uniform this past Sunday when the Steelers outscored San Diego, 38-28 at Heinz Field. But this week, Tomlin is giving Sweed another chance.
By Mike Bires From all indications, Rashard Mendenhall will make his second straight start Sunday when the Steelers play in Detroit. For one thing, Willie Parker missed practice again Wednesday with his turf toe injury. So he hasn’t even practiced or played any football since the Sept. 27 loss in Cincinnati.
CHARGERS (2-1) vs. STEELERS (1-2) 8:30 p.m. at Heinz Field (65,050) in Cincinnati Playing surface: Natural grass TV COVERAGE NBC (locally WPXI-TV, Channel 11) Al Michaels, play-by-play; Cris Collinsworth, analysis; Andrea Kremer, sideline reporter 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
The Steelers added depth to their offensive backfield today when they promoted rookie running back Isaac Redman to their active roster. Redman (6-0, 230) spent the first three games of the 2009 season on the Steelers’ practice squad after signing with the team last April as an undrafted rookie out of Bowie State. Redman finished his college career as Bowie State’s all-time rushing leader, and led the Steelers with 145 yards on 37 carries (3.9 avg.) and three rushing touchdowns in the preseason. Redman will wear No. 33 for the Steelers. The Steelers made room for Redman on their 53-man roster by releasing seven-year veteran defensive end Nick Eason. Eason originally signed with the Steelers as a veteran free agent in 2007, but had been inactive for the team’s first three games this season.
By Mike Bires There have been at least two media reports saying that Troy Polamalu might play Sunday for the Steelers. That couldn’t be further than the truth. In fact, around 1 p.m. Thursday as the Steelers headed to the practice field, Polamalu, the Steelers’ star strong safety, limped into the cafeteria at team headquarters.
By Mike Bires As expected, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was peppered with questions Tuesday at his weekly press conference, and for a change, he had plenty of compelling answers and information. The big news of the day is that the Steelers (1-2) re-signed fullback Carey Davis and placed rookie fullback Frank “The Tank” Summers on the season-ending injured reserve list due to a back injury. Then there was Tomlin’s saying Rashard Mendenhall was not in his doghouse. The second-year running back has served his punishment for poor practice habits last week — he didn’t get any carries Sunday in the stunning 23-20 loss in Cincinnati — so he’s back in Tomlin’s good graces. On the other hand, Tomlin admitted that he’s frustrated with