Tomlin, Steelers have a great deal of trust in Fox


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Third-year player Lawrence Timmons has a high-ankle sprain and has been ruled out for the NFL-opener against the Tennessee Titans tonight at 8:30 at Heinz Field, so six-year veteran Keyaron Fox will get his first start with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This loss might have hurt the Steelers in previous years, but the club is so deep at linebacker Timmons will hardly be missed short term. Sure, his athleticism allows the Steelers to do a lot with him, as far as blitzing and pass-coverage are concerned, but Fox certainly won’t be much of a drop-off if at all. A special teams standout last season, his first with the Steelers, Fox was chosen as a captain for that unit this year. And his play at inside linebacker during the preseason, caused the Steelers’ management to believe the transition for him to a starting spot would be seamless.Read More »

Day 7: Afternoon Practice: Insider Report


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice Thursday afternoon, but is still showing signs that he is working his way back into shape as far as his arm strength goes. While he was sharp on the short and intermediate routes, Roethlieberger’s arm lacked some long-ball zip again Thursday, as one bomb was picked off by cornerback Roy Lewis, while another fell harmlessly short of the receiver and defensive back. After practice, Roethlisberger was carted up the hill with several ice bags wrapped to his shoulder. “Ben’s getting better, but we all are,” veteran quarterback Charlie Batch said. “I know I’m still shaking off the rust from last season, but we’re coming along little by little. It’s a process, as they say.” There was one drill where Roethlisberger displayed his accuracy. The Steelers linebackers covered the backs and tight ends off the line, and inside linebacker JamesRead More »