Steelers notebook from Wednesday’s OTA

 

By Mike Bires Ben Roethlisberger’s health is always a big issue, even when he tweaks his knee at a voluntary off-season practice. Such was the case Wednesday when the star quarterback limped off the field at the Steelers’ indoor practice facility. After he was examined by a trainer, Roethlisberger watched the rest of practice. The injury wasn’t serious enough for trainers to wrap his knee. But “Big Ben” was limping as he left the field and headed into the locker room. Roethlisberger refused to speak to the media after practice. Likewise for coach Mike Tomlin, who has yet to meet with reporters after any of the organized team activities held so far. Although this injury isn’t believed to be serious, Roethlisberger will likely miss Thursday’s OTA. *** Speaking of Roethlisberger, he is scheduled to play June 12 in the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge at the Black Course at BethpageRead 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 »