Monday Practice Report: Timmons won’t start in the season opener

 

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 »

The Latest Roster Buzz

 

Summers still in the mix to earn a roster spot Despite missing two preseason games (hamstring) and not producing as a goal line back in training camp, 5th round pick Frank Summers remains under strong consideration to make the team. Summers performs well on special teams and the Steelers like his potential at full-back. Tonight is the most important game of Summers young career. Will the Steelers keep 4 tight ends? A discussion over the past week has been whether the Steelers will considering keeping four tight ends. Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth are locks and the really likes rookie David Johnson. Sean McHugh who under-went arthoscopic surgery is the wildcard. McHugh signed a three year contract in the off-season and he’s a player the Steelers want to keep him but the issue for the Steelers is that he won’t be ready to play for the first couple weeks ofRead More »

Logan earns a roster spot; Burnett on the bubble?

 

Logan shows poise and patience against Buffalo When the Steelers trim their roster to 53 on September 5th, former Canadian Football League star Stefan Logan will be among the 53 players the Steelers will go to battle with when the regular season begins on Thursday, September 10th. Logan, 28, was a major longshot to make the team entering training camp. He was a player without a position and missed the first two days of camp due to injury A running back in the CFL, Logan was moved to wide receiver early in camp but was the 8th or 9th wide receiver on the depth chart at best. Logan’s only way to make the team was to have a sensational preseason as a kick/punt returner on special teams. After not playing in the preseason opener, Logan made his mark against the Redskins last Saturday. Logan averaged 39.3 yards on four kickoffs.Read More »

Scouting the Steelers Draft Selections

 

First Round Selection Evander (Ziggy) Hood, DE, Missouri Height: 6-2 7/8 | Weight: 300 | 40-Time: 4.89 College Career 2005: 18 tackles ‚Äì 1 sack 2006: 36 tackles ‚Äì 4 sacks 2007: 49 tackles ‚Äì 5 sacks 2008: 62 tackles ‚Äì 7 sacks Strengths: Hood played defensive tackle at Missouri but was drafted by the Steelers to be a defensive end in the NFL. Athletic, very good size and bulk which fits the Steelers kind of defensive end for a 3-4 scheme. Has an explosive first step and great quickness which has scouts optimistic that Hood will make the adjustment to defensive end in the NFL, quite easily. High motor and is versatile, can play DT and DE. Best attributes — Seen as being very coachable. A Steelers type of player and is regarded as a hard worker on and off the field. Weaknesses: Not a dominant run stopper, needsRead More »