Post-Game Analysis: Pittsburgh 27 – Cleveland 14 Ben Roethlisberger was 23 of 35 for 417 yards and two touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) amassed 543 total yards of offense en route to a 27-14 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger was spectacular throwing an NFL high in yards and tied Steelers hall of fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw for 31 career games with a 100.0 quarterback rating or higher.
Week 6: Mike Tomlin Press Conference The Steelers have begun preparations for the lowly Cleveland Browns as the Steelers look for their first division win of the season. The Steelers have won 11 straight against Cleveland winning the previous meeting against Cleveland 31-0 last December. The Browns are 1-4 this season and 0-2 in the AFC North. Injury Front The big news on the injury front today is that
By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH _ There were two bits of good news at Steelers headquarters Monday. One was the prediction by linebacker Lawrence Timmons that he’ll play Sunday in Chicago. The other was Troy Polamalu saying that his injured knee doesn’t need surgery. The news about Polamalu was especially encouraging.
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 »
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 »
When it comes to how the Steelers injuries are judged, we have a warped perspective of their impact. First of all, we compare every one to what seems to be the weekly drama surrounding Ben Roethlisberger’s injury du jour. Then there are the other star players who are also constantly on the injury list but tend to gut it out with less fanfare (the names Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu come to mind). But when Lawrence Timmons was seen walking around the Steelers facility in a boot following his ankle sprain against Buffalo two weeks ago, my antenna definitely went up. And that’s an injury that deserved more focus going into Thursday’s opener against the Tennessee Titans. Coach Mike Tomlin called him “a question mark” heading into the Labor Day weekend. He wasn’t practicing as recently as Sunday. “I should be out a week… and some change,” Timmons said lastRead More »
By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Lawrence Timmons now looks the part, but it remains to be seen if he can play a starring role. Timmons, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ No. 1 pick in 2007, has bulked up a bit and worked hard since then and is poised to replace Larry Foote as a starting inside linebacker for the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense. And it’s not a role that the third-year player takes lightly. “I know it looks like the job was handed to me, but it’s really not,” Timmons said. “I have to go out there and perform every day on the field, in practice and in the games, but that’s nothing I haven’t been doing for years. Playing football hasn’t changed that much for me.” After several minor injuries and limited production as a rookie, the 23-year-old Timmons played in every game last seasonRead More »
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 »