By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH _ Lawrence Timmons will not be in the starting lineup Thursday when the Steelers open the 2009 season against the Tennessee Titans. Timmons, an inside linebacker, is still recovering from an ankle sprain. He was hurt in the Aug. 29 preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Taking Timmons’ place in the starting lineup will be Keyaron Fox, a sixth-year pro who played only special teams last season when he joined the Steelers via free agency. Fox played very well when playing linebacker the past several weeks at training camp and in the preseason games. Timmons was the only member of the 53-man roster who didn’t practice Monday. WASHINGTON HOPES TO PLAY AGAINST EX-TEAMMATES Last year, Nate Washington helped the Steelers win the Super Bowl as their No. 3 wide receiver. This year, he’s trying to help the Titans win in it all as one of theirRead More »
By Mike Bires If there was any doubt about Stefan Logan making the Pittsburgh Steelers’ opening-day roster, the “Half Pint” doused them Thursday night. In a 21-10 preseason win over the Carolina Panthers, Logan was easily the No. 1 storyline. On just the fourth play of the game, Logan returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown.
KEISEL TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW DEAL Since winning Super Bowl XLIII, the Steelers have re-signed six returning starters to contract extensions. The latest to do so was defensive end Brett Keisel, who got a new five-year deal reportedly worth $18.885 million that includes a $5 million signing bonus on Monday.
By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH _ When Jason La Canfora covered the Washington Redskins for the Washington Post, he was once described as a “combative” beat reporter. Well, it seems like he’s made an antagonistic report regarding Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton. La Canfora, who now works for the NFL Network, was asked on an “NFL Live Chat” if he sees any surprise cuts coming in the league.
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was back on the practice field Tuesday, albeit on a limited basis. Due to the lower leg injury he suffered Thursday at the last full practice at training camp, Roethlisberger didn’t take part in any team drills as the Steelers returned to their practice site on the South Side of town.
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports LATROBE _ Ben Roethlisberger gave the Steelers quite a scare Thursday afternoon. But the bottom line is that the injury to the star quarterback’s right foot is not serious. He will, however, probably be held out of Saturday’s pre-season game against the Washington Redskins.