Steelers let victory slip away for second straight week


By Mike Bires CINCINNATI _ Sooner or later, the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to lose a game in Cincinnati. But who would have thought it would have been Sunday? After dominating the Bengals for most of the game, the Steelers let victory slip away for the second week in a row. They allowed quarterback Carson Palmer to throw a game-winning, 4-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left to play that gave the Bengals an improbable 23-20 come-from-behind win. Last week, the Steelers lost 17-14 to the Chicago Bears when they failed to protect a 14-7 fourth-quarter lead.

Carter says he will start on Sunday


By Mike Bires Tyrone Carter was Thursday’s newsmaker at Steelers’ headquarters. First, the fill-in starter at strong safety returned to practiced. He missed Wednesday’s practice due to a deep thigh bruise he suffered this past Sunday in Chicago. Second, Carter says he will start this Sunday in Cincinnati even if he isn’t 100 percent. Third, Carter revealed that he was fined $5,000 by the NFL for a hit he put on Bears’ tight end Greg Olsen in the second quarter of the Steelers’ 17-14 loss. Carter was fined even though he wasn’t penalized on the play. “Unreal,” Carter said of the fine. “I watched the play over and over (on videotape). I didn’t hit him with my helmet. I hit him in the shoulder. The NFL must see something different.” In defending his case, Carter pointed out that was not penalized on the play for which he’s been fined andRead More »

Parker out to prove he’s one of the best running backs in the NFL


By Mike Bires No longer does Willie Parker talk about winning a rushing title. No, not after what happened last year when he was publicly chastised by his coach for making a selfish comment about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running game. But with the Steelers about to embark on a Super Bowl defense, there’s no doubt Parker has a new sense of purpose.