NFL: Mendenhall’s text msg reaches Ravens players?

 

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall recently texted Ravens running back Ray Rice indicating he‚Äôs going to have a big game Monday night against statistically the league‚Äôs #1 defense. Rice a friend of Mendenhall quickly distributed the text message to his teammates. Bart Scott reacting to Mendenhall‚Äôs text message tells the media ‚ÄúHe said later that he was just joking, but it’s too late. Thanks for the bulletin-board material, rookie.” The Ravens haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 21 straight games ESPN

Inside Analysis: Steelers vs Ravens

 

Within one week the Steelers have gone from the class of the AFC to a questionable team. Whether that‚Äôs warranted is up for discussion another day. The Steelers head into Monday‚Äôs divisional showdown with a few question marks. The Steelers have failed to put points on the board and have only scored 16 points in their last two games. Running back Willie Parker will be sidelined for the next two weeks with a knee sprain. 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall will become the Steelers primary back. Mendenhall has rarely seen the field since week 1 but the Steelers believe he is ready. On the defensive side of the ball Nose Tackle Casey Hampton has been ruled out of the game with a groin strain. The Ravens an surprising 2-0 have ran the ball 90 times in two games will looked to pound the ball Monday night against a Steelers defensiveRead More »

NFL: Parker out until week 7?

 

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker is expected to be out until week 7. Parker has been ruled out for Monday night’s divisional showdown with the Baltimore Ravens and Steelers bear writer Ed Bouchette has confirmed an AP Report that Parker will miss the Steelers week 5 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers have a bye on week 6. The Steelers 2008 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall will become the team’s primary back. Mewelde Moore will remain the Steelers third down back Source: Post-Gazette

The Latest NFL Buzz

 

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an extensive meeting with his offensive coaches yesterday. Roethlisberger doesn’t believe the coaching staff and players were on the same page Sunday afternoon against the Eagles. The Steelers rank dead last in completions to running backs. During OTA’s Insiders raved about Mewelde Moore’s ability to catch the ball out of the back field and some even compared him to Kevin Faulk. With Willie Parker sidelined it will be interesting to see if the Steelers utilize Moore in the passing game.

Parker and Hampton out for Monday’s Game

 

Mike Tomlin Press Conference Week 4 Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has announced Casey Hampton and Willie Parker will not play Monday night. Hampton is out with a groin strain and starting running back Willie Parker is out with a knee sprain. It is very likely that Parker will out for at least a couple weeks. More to come Injuries Out Casey Hampton ‚Äì groin strain Brett Keisel ‚Äì Calf Willie Parker ‚Äì Knee sprain. Week to Week ‚Äì Tomlin is not ready to say that Parker will be out for next week Donovan Woods Ben Roethlisberger will not be limited this week. He should be ready to go on Wednesday according to Tomlin. Tomlin‚Äôs take on the Eagles: 48 hours after Sunday‚Äôs performance: Tomlin‚Äôs mindset hasn‚Äôt changed. Tomlin told the media he failed to mention some positives after Sunday’s game. Defensively he says the Steelers were excellent. Overall theRead More »

Inside Analysis: Steelers fall to Eagles 15-6

 

Including the playoffs, Pittsburgh has allowed 49 sacks in its last 13 games (Source: ESPN Research) The X-Rays on Ben Roethlisberger hand came back negative. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow. How did the Dallas Cowboys put up 40 points last week against the Eagles? Tony Romo was not sacked once compared to today’s game where Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 8 times. Romo used quick efficient passes to elude the Eagles pass rush but another factor was his offensive line controlled the Eagles blitz

Eagles defense shines; beat Steelers 15-6

 

The Eagles defense was on a mission this afternoon to put their performance from last Monday night behind them. The Philadelphia Eagles defense pressured all game and the Steelers offensive line failed to find a way to contain the Eagles blitzing schemes. The Eagles finished the game with 9 sacks and forced Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of the game late in the fourth quarter. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb started the game 15-for-15 and the Eagles offense seemed poised for another 30+ game.

NFL: Steelers release Gary Russell

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have released running back Gary Russell and promoted linebacker Patrick Bailey. Russell originally made the Steelers roster as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2007. With the additions of Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore, Russell became expendable.