WALLACE EXPECTED TO SHOW UP BEFORE WEEK 1 BUT WHEN, REMAINS A MYSTERY If Mike Wallace has his sights set on getting a long-term with the Steelers, he better report at least a few weeks in advance before the Steelers regular season opener on September 9th, to give ample time for the Steelers and Wallace to re-engage in negotiations on a long-term deal.
3rd Version of The Latest TIOPS Steelers Camp Rumblings — The Mike Wallace holdout has now reached 12 days and it’s reached the point where it’s nothing more than a pride thing for Wallace, at least that’s the way Steelers officials see it. Management hasn’t been in touch with Wallace or his agent directly since the first week of camp and it’s now up to Wallace to swallow his pride. As the Wallace holdout continues, the Steelers are worried that he could become plagued with hamstring and groin injuries early in the season which is common for players who report to camp late. — Willie Colon has been tremendous at left guard in camp thus far, showing power, nastiness and some quickness. It’s clear that Chicago Bears who offered Colon a 5 year – $32.5 million deal last summer to play guard, saw what the Steelers are seeing from him nowRead More »
By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — With starter Rashard Mendenhall battling sore ribs and third-down back Mewelde Moore out with an MCL sprain in his left knee, second-year player Isaac Redman could carry the load for the Pittsburgh Steelers running game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday at Heinz Field. “I’ve been working with Mewelde all year as the third-down back, but I’ll pretty much have all of it this week,” Redman said.
By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Steelers appeared to concentrate more on special teams during Saturday’s two mini-camp practices at the UPMC Sports Complex, and there were a lot of players getting opportunities. The punt-return group included incumbent starter Stefan Logan, veteran Antwaan Randle El, third-round draft pick Emmanuel Sanders and seventh-year pro Mewelde Moore. “There’s a lot of competition there,” Sanders said. “Punt returns and kickoffs, that’s another way for me to make the team, but I want to make it as a receiver, too. And there’s definitely a lot of competition there.” Hines Ward and Mike Wallace are the front-runners for the top two receiver spots, while Randle El likely wasn’t signed to later be cut. Sanders, sixth-round pick Antonio Brown, third-year player Limas Sweed, eighth-year pro Arnaz Battle, Logan and young free agents Jason Chery, Brandon London and Tyler Grisham are battling for the backup spots. TheRead More »
The 7-7 Pittsburgh Steelers head into Sunday’s game as a much more confident team than we’ve seen the past couple weeks after last Sunday’s thrilling 37-36 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers have a “pulse” according to head coach Mike Tomlin and this week the team appeared to have a little bit of their swagger back. It was a much looser team in the locker room. In a must win situation against Baltimore, Pittsburgh will not be close to being at full strength and the same can be said for the 8-6 Baltimore Ravens Strong safety Troy Polamalu will miss his 10th game of the season and starting guard Chris Kemoeatu had a minor setback and will miss his second consecutive game. For the Steelers, their concern is with James Harrison and Hines Ward.
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?
With Troy Polamalu sidelined for at least the next three weeks, Lawrence Timmons role in the Steelers defense becomes that much more important. Timmons missed the Steelers opener with an high ankle sprain and the Steelers will be counting on him to return to the starting the lineup in week 2. Like Polamalu, Timmons gives the Steelers plenty of options due to his athleticism. The Steelers next three opponents feature quarterbacks (CHI) Jay Cutler, (CIN) Carson Palmer and (SD)Phillip Rivers. Safety Tyrone Carter is no Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark struggled at times when Polamalu left the game. Cutler will be looking Carter’s way early and often next Sunday. An healthy Timmons will be the key. The Latest Buzz
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.