Mendenhall stars; Steelers hold on to beat Chargers 38-28


Pittsburgh — Coming off back-to-back losses, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged his team this week and the Steelers offense answered the bell early and often. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns and the Steelers got a dominating performance from 2nd year running back Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall making his first start of the season, rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on the night. The Steelers controlled the clock with a strong running game and precise passes from Roethlisberger to take a commanding 28-7 lead in the 4th quarter. But, for the defending Super Bowl Champs, no lead is safe. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers roared back, scoring 21 (4th) quarter points to cut the Steelers lead to 35-28 with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Following a Chris Chambers 13 yard touchdown reception with 4:31 left, the Steelers turned toRead More »

Week 4: Mike Tomlin Press Conference


By Mike Bires As expected, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was peppered with questions Tuesday at his weekly press conference, and for a change, he had plenty of compelling answers and information. The big news of the day is that the Steelers (1-2) re-signed fullback Carey Davis and placed rookie fullback Frank “The Tank” Summers on the season-ending injured reserve list due to a back injury. Then there was Tomlin’s saying Rashard Mendenhall was not in his doghouse. The second-year running back has served his punishment for poor practice habits last week — he didn’t get any carries Sunday in the stunning 23-20 loss in Cincinnati — so he’s back in Tomlin’s good graces. On the other hand, Tomlin admitted that he’s frustrated with

Timmons unable to make it through Wednesday’s Practice


Pittsburgh Steelers starting inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons predicted on Monday that he would play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Going into Wednesday’s practice that appeared to be the case, but mid-way through Wednesday’s practice Timmons re-injured his ankle and his status for Thursday’s practice is up in the air. Timmons and Troy Polamalu were the only players on the injured report this week but 2nd year wide receiver Limas Sweed has joined them. Sweed was also limited in practice on Wednesday with a foot injury. In the Steelers season opener, Sweed fell behind rookie wide out Mike Wallace on the depth chart. Timmons has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game and his status won’t be known until later in the week. Troy Polamalu, Defensive end Aaron Smith, wide receiver Hines Ward and safety Tyrone Carter missed practice on Wednesday. Bears TE Dezmond Clark out with cracked rib TheRead More »

Steelers begin quest for 7th Super Bowl Title


The road to Miami kicks off Thursday night as the six time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers begin their title defense at home against the Tennessee Titans. Trying to repeat as champions is the hardest thing to do in sports. The Steelers found that out in 2006. The focus for the Steelers has been on the upcoming season not what they accomplished in 2008. Some believe the Steelers are deeper and more talented than last year. Opening up the season with the 4th easiest schedule in the NFL, expectations are high and it all starts Thursday night at 8:30 p.m.

Tomlin not ready to officially name a #3 wide receiver


Replacing Nate Washington (#3 receiver) was one of the few intriguing battles in training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the season opener just three days away, Second year wide out Limas Sweed has shown enough progress to have a hold on the #3 spot for now, but head coach Mike Tomlin is not ready to officially name Sweed the teams #3 wide receiver.

NFL: Wallace keeping a hold on #4 receiver spot


McDonald unable to pass Wallace on the depth chart for now Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Two weeks ago the Steelers depth at the wide receiver position was regarded as a major question mark but after two weeks of training camp and one pre-season game, some of those concerns are being put on the back burner for now. The performances of 2nd year wide out Limas Sweed and rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace have been promising thus far and the most intriguing battle in camp has been Mike Wallace holding off veteran Shaun McDonald for the #4 receiver spot. Limas Sweed has a strong hold on the #3 receiver spot behind Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward. Mike Wallace entered the Steelers first preseason game #4 on the depth chart and through three practices this week, Wallace has remained