Sweed expected to join Roethlisberger for workouts


Sweed to join Big Ben Wide Receiver Limas Sweed, the Steelers 2nd round pick in 2008, is fully recovered from a torn Achilles and is expected to join Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for workouts in the “immediate future”, a league source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports. Various Steelers receivers have joined Roethlisberger for workouts over the past month and Roethlisberger also reached out to the underachieving Sweed who believes that he’s still in the Steelers plans for 2011. Sweed will be given a chance to earn a roster spot but he’s one of those players who needs a training camp to show that he has his head on straight and is ready to turn the corner. With the lockout, there’s no certainity there will be training camps this summer. “His competition is getting stiff, ” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told the Tribune-Review in February during the “Coaches Lunch” at theRead More »

Woodley elevating his game in second half of the season


By Mike Bires One reason why the Steelers can be dangerous if they get into the playoffs _ and that’s still a big if _ is the possibility of Troy Polamalu lining up again at strong safety. But another reason is LaMarr Woodley’s continued rise toward stardom. Right outside linebacker James Harrison, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, received nationwide claim the past two seasons for the havoc he’s wreaked on opposing defenses. But last year in the playoffs, Woodley, the Steelers’ left outside ‘backer, had a six-to-one edge over Harrison in sacks. “He’s been that kind of guy since he’s been here,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Woodley. “His rookie year, he came on late in the year. Late last year, he was playing good football. He’s a guy that’s on the rise at the appropriate time and that’s what makes him a good player.”Read More »

Steelers sign wide out Joey Galloway; Polamalu having MRI today


The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed wide receiver Joey Galloway, the team confirmed this afternoon. Galloway, 38, visited the Steelers in the off-season prior to signing with New England and will replace Limas Sweed on the active roster. Galloway (7 receptions) struggled with the New England Patriots this season and was released at mid-season. As expected the Steelers have signed long snapper Jared Retkofsky to replace Greg Warren on the active roster. Mike Tomlin would not go into specifics regarding Limas Sweed but did claim Sweed has the full support of the team as he is dealing with a personal matter. Polamalu having MRI this afternoon Troy Polamalu is having an MRI this afternoon and the results of the MRI will dictate his available Sunday afternoon. If the results are good, Polamalu is expected to practice this week. Injury Report; Ward has setback?

Limas Sweed done for the season; Steelers talking to Lelie, McDonald?


Long snapper Greg Warren and wide receiver Limas Sweed will miss the remainder of the season, the Steelers announced this evening. Warren, a fifth-year pro, has been placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a right knee injury after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on the final play of Sundays game against the Green Bay Packers. Second-year wide receiver Sweed has been placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. Sweed ends the 2009 campaign with 1 reception for 5 yards as the Steelers 2008 2nd rouund pick was unable to beat out Mike Wallace for the No.3 receiver spot this season.

Thursday Practice Report: Roethlisberger looks to move on from Ward’s comments


Inside Pittsburgh Sports The Steelers hope to have closure with the controversy created this past Sunday by Hines Ward. That closure is possible now that Ben Roethlisberger has addressed the issue with the Pittsburgh media. Speaking before practice Thursday, the Steelers’ quarterback admitted that he was “hurt” by remarks made by Ward on the pre-game show before a 20-17 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Ward in essence challenged Roethlisberger’s toughness for sitting out with what Ward described as “just a concussion.” “I told (Hines) I was just more hurt than anything,” Roethlisberger said. On Saturday when the Steelers learned that Roethlisberger wouldn’t play due to re-occurring headaches from a Nov. 22 concussion, Ward said he was frustrated. Ward was bummed out to be playing the hated Ravens without “Big Ben.” But imagine how Roethlisberger found out when he got the news. “Coach (Mike) Tomlin basically pulled me in hisRead More »

Wednesday Practice Report: Polamalu wearing heavy brace


*Safety Troy Polamalu was on the field today but did not practice. He was wearing a heavy knee brace as the Steelers want his knee somewhat mobilized the next couple days. Polamalu is regarded as “questionable at best” for Sunday’s game against Kansas City but he’s all but certain to miss his 5th game of the season. Tyrone Carter took first team reps today at safety in place of Polamalu. Browns claim Arnold Harrison *The Cleveland Browns claimed linebacker Arnold Harrison who was released by Pittsburgh on Tuesday to make room for Donovan Woods. Woods will be active against Kansas City. Bulletin board material for the Steelers? * The Cincinnati Bengals gave the Steelers plenty of bulletin board material, if the two teams were to meet in the playoffs. Carson Palmer made some comments how the Bengals out-schemed the Steelers and wanted it more but it was the classless actRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Aaron Smith out for a significant period of time?


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

Thursday Practice Report: Sweed in; McDonald out


By Mike Bires Shaun McDonald will have a homecoming of sorts when the Steelers play in Detroit on Sunday. But it appears that he will do so as a bystander. A wide receiver who spent the past two seasons with the Lions, McDonald said after practice Thursday that be will not be in uniform Sunday. That means Limas Sweed is out of coach Mike Tomlin’s doghouse, at least for this week. “I’m ready to get back in the mix and have some fun,” Sweed said after practice. Sweed lost his spot as the No. 4 wideout after dropping what would have been a 34-yard touchdown pass in 23-20 loss in Cincinnati on Set. 27. He was not in uniform this past Sunday when the Steelers outscored San Diego, 38-28 at Heinz Field. But this week, Tomlin is giving Sweed another chance.