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 and that he will appeal the fine.
Meanwhile, Carter said his thigh bruised negatively affected the way Sunday. He was victimized on both touchdown passes thrown by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, the first to tight end Kellen Davis and the second to wide receiver Johnny Knox.
“Hurt or injured, I should be able to make things happen, and I didn’t,” said Carter, who’s starting while Troy Polamalu recovers from a sprained knee,
Carter practiced on a limited basis Thursday, taking part in most individual drills but none of the full team periods. He’s expected to be a full practice participant Friday.
Polamalu is expected to miss two-to-four more games.
TAYLOR FINED TWICE BY NFL
Cornerback Ike Taylor confirmed that he’s been fined twice by the league, one fine for each of his personal foul penalties Sunday in Chicago.
Taylor agreed that he deserved one of the fines, but will appeal the other. He didn’t say how much the fines were.
PALMER GLAD HE WON’T FACE POLAMALU
On one hand, Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer feels bad that Polamalu won’t play Sunday when the Steelers and Bengals play at Paul Brown Stadium.
That’s because Palmer and Polamalu are close friends who were once roommates when they played at Southern Cal.
But on the other hand, Palmer is glad Polamalu won’t play. Palmer knows what a terrific athlete Polamalu is and how he is to the Steelers’ defense.
“I’m definitely not happy for Troy, because he’s a friend.” Palmer said. “You don’t want to see somebody get injured and go through the physical pain. I know the mental stress he’s going through, because he wants to play and be on the field.
“But just for me and for this game, I’m absolutely glad he’s not going to be out there. We need to win this game, and our chances are better when Troy is not on the football field.”
SACK FOR CARTER
After reviewing videotape of the Steelers’ loss in Chicago, the NFL has changed a minus-1-yard run by Cutler to a sack.
Carter made the tackle on the play and thus was awarded a sack on the play.
That upped the Steelers’ sack total so far this season from two to three.