The Latest Steelers Buzz: Kemoeatu, Polamalu out for Sunday’s game

 

Week 15 Mike Tomlin Press Conference The Pittsburgh Steelers received some bad news last week when star safety Troy Polamaly had an MRI on Wednesday. The Steelers were hopeful that Polamalu would be cleared to practice this week but there has not been enough healing on his injured PCL. Polamalu has been ruled out for this week and his status for the rest of the regular season is in doubt. The injury is worse than initially thought as the Steelers were hopeful that Polamalu would only be sidelined for 1-2 weeks. “The healing process is a little slower than we anticipated, ” Tomlin said. Polamalu told the media on Monday that he is hopeful to play in the Steelers season finale on Janaury 3rd. “We are what we are, a 6-7 losing team, ” Mike Tomlin said today. If the Steelers are to turn around their season, they will haveRead More »

Wednesday Practice Report: Kemoeatu a full participant

 

*** Dennis Dixon’s days as a No. 3 quarterback may be over. His performance in the 20-17 overtime loss in Baltimore was so impressive that Charlie Batch’s run as the backup QB may be over. “We’re so proud of the way Dennis played,” Roethlisberger said. “He played with the fire and intensity we’ve seen from him in practice every day. He played his heart out. The Ravens found out what we’ve known all along. He’s a very good quarterback.” Up until last week, Dixon had been a No. 3 quarterback since his arrival in Pittsburgh as a fifth round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. But he started against the Ravens due to Roethlisberger’s concussion and Batch’s broken wrist (both were hurt in the Nov. 22 loss in Kansas City). “I embraced it,” said Dixon, who completed 12 of 26 passes for 145 yards, one touchdown and an interception. “IRead More »

Week 13 Injury Report: Polamalu expected to be sidelined until week 15

 

The Latest Steelers Buzz Safety Troy Polamalu is a week or two away from returning and is categorized as “doubtful” for this week against Oakland, but he won’t play. With a short-turnaround in week 14, Polamalu is scheduled to return to the lineup against the 7-4 Green Bay Packers on December 20th. Polamalu is expected to go through individual drills next week. Kick returner Stefan Logan has a rib injury and will be limited on Wednesday. The Steelers though expect Logan to play. There is some optimism that starting left guard Chris Kemoeatu will be able to play in week 14 against the Cleveland Browns and could possibly return to action this week. Kemoeatu will be limited tomorrow but will go through individuals. Mike Tomlin confirmed today that the reason the team brought in veteran QB Patrick Ramsey on Thursday for a workout was due to the increased headaches BenRead More »

Tomlin anticipates Roethlisberger to play; Kemoeatu out

 

The Latest Steelers Buzz *Ben Roethlisberger sustained a mild concussion on Sunday and Monday morning the Steelers brought him in for a number of tests. Roethlisberger is fine and passed all of the tests. Give that information, Tomlin anticipates Roethlisberger to practice on Wednesday and play against the Ravens. *Backup QB Charlie Batch (wrist) will have surgery Wednesday morning. Batch will have a plate inserted into his wrist. Tomlin claims that Batch will be sidelined for at least 2-4 weeks. The Steelers are waiting to gather further information after Batch has the surgery. At this point the Steelers plan to go with two active quarterbacks on game days, with Dennis Dixon as the primary backup. Regardless of any moves the Steelers make at the quarterback position, Dennis Dixon is the teams No. 2 quarterback. The Steelers are expected to sign a practice squad eligible quarterback for the time being. AlthoughRead More »

Polamalu has PCL sprain; likely to play against Baltimore

 

Week 11 Mike Tomlin Press Conference roundup Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed today that the injury to Troy Polamalu is not as severe as once believed. Polamalu suffered a PCL sprain, opposed to last time when he had an MCL injury. Polamalu is expected to be held out against Kansas City this Sunday but there are strong indications that Polamalu will be able to play against Baltimore in week 12. “Troy’s status for this game is probably questionable at best, although we’ve had some favorable information in regards to where he is from a health standpoint, ” Mike Tomlin said.

Steelers title hopes will depend on a healthy Troy Polamalu

 

Polamalu expected to be okay The Pittsburgh Steelers received a scare Sunday afternoon when Troy Polamalu left the game after only one series in Pittsburgh’s 18-12 loss to Cincinnati. Polamalu under-went an MRI on Sunday but the Steelers received good news as the MRI went well. Polamalu is expected to only be sidelined for 1-2 weeks at the most, barring a coaches decision for Polamalu to miss further games. With the 2-7 Kansas City Chiefs on the Steelers schedule, Pittsburgh will be very cautious with Polamalu this week as he likely won’t play. When Polamalu is out of action, the Steelers are a totally different team. There is no way around it. If Polamalu’s nagging knee injury continues to be a problem, one major concern for the Steelers is the lack of playmakers they have in their secondary.

Polamalu practices with 1st-team defense; will play on Sunday

 

Friday Practice Report As expected, safety Troy Polamalu returned to practice today. Polamalu who sat out the past two practices, ran with the first-team defense and will play against the Minnesota Vikings. Polamalu returned to action last week against Cleveland and finished the game with 4 tackles and one interception. *Running back Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant for the second consecutive day. Mendenhall was limited in Wednesday’s practice with a sore knee and will make his fourth consecutive start at running back. *Running back Willie Parker was also a full participant and will backup Mendenhall Sunday afternoon. Parker who claims he consulted with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin about who will start this week, has drawn some criticism from

Thursday Practice Report: Steelers – Vikings has plenty of hype

 

By Mike Bires The most compelling story in the National Football League this season is Brett Favre playing quarterback for Minnesota. But the true star for the unbeaten Vikings is a phenom running back who’s called “Purple Jesus.” That would be Adrian Peterson, who’s rushed for more yards and more touchdowns than any other back since he entered the league in 2007.