Mendenhall to start?
Week 5: Mike Tomlin Press Conference The key for the Steelers this week is getting consecutive wins for the first time this season and as the Steelers travel to Detroit this weekend, the Steelers will also be looking for their first road win of the season. Injury Report *According to Mike Tomlin, Troy Polamalu is progressing well, he may participate in a limited basis on Wednesday. His participation though for Sunday’s game is unclear. His availability depends on how he practices this week. Safety Ryan Clark (lower back), Chris Kemoeatu (left ankle), and Andre Frazier (Shoulder) will all be limited early in the week. All three players are expected to play. *Tight End David Johnson (high ankle sprain) is expected to return to the lineup this week. Tomlin indicated he is excited about the return of Johnson. *The latest on running back Willie Parker (turf toe) is that
By Mike Bires There have been at least two media reports saying that Troy Polamalu might play Sunday for the Steelers. That couldn’t be further than the truth. In fact, around 1 p.m. Thursday as the Steelers headed to the practice field, Polamalu, the Steelers’ star strong safety, limped into the cafeteria at team headquarters.
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 »
By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH _ There were two bits of good news at Steelers headquarters Monday. One was the prediction by linebacker Lawrence Timmons that he’ll play Sunday in Chicago. The other was Troy Polamalu saying that his injured knee doesn’t need surgery. The news about Polamalu was especially encouraging.
When it comes to how the Steelers injuries are judged, we have a warped perspective of their impact. First of all, we compare every one to what seems to be the weekly drama surrounding Ben Roethlisberger’s injury du jour. Then there are the other star players who are also constantly on the injury list but tend to gut it out with less fanfare (the names Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu come to mind). But when Lawrence Timmons was seen walking around the Steelers facility in a boot following his ankle sprain against Buffalo two weeks ago, my antenna definitely went up. And that’s an injury that deserved more focus going into Thursday’s opener against the Tennessee Titans. Coach Mike Tomlin called him “a question mark” heading into the Labor Day weekend. He wasn’t practicing as recently as Sunday. “I should be out a week… and some change,” Timmons said lastRead More »
By Mike Bires For the past 12 days, the Steelers have been hard at work trying to build the foundation for another championship team. The process continues Thursday with the first of four pre-season games. Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Steelers shape up at this stage of training camp: QUARTERBACK Barring the signing of Michael Vick (very unlikely), everything is set. Ben Roethlisberger has clearly established himself as an elite QB with two Super Bowl titles in his first five pro seasons. As far as the battle for the back-up job, it’s still Charlie Batch. That may change pending the performances in the pre-season games. But Dixon has done nothing at camp to threaten Batch’s hold on No. 2. As far as Vick, who’s shopping for a team after his 23-month prison term for his role in an illegal dog-fighting operation, his name has been linked to theRead More »
By Mike Bires LATROBE _ Mike Tomlin liked the “spirit of the group” at Monday’s practice. He called it a productive day. But the coach didn’t appreciate the poor training camp etiquette he saw. There were times at the afternoon workout that some players pushed and shoved each other after a play. He also thought that some of the practice periods were not run efficiently. In one instance, nose tackle Scott Paxson and guard Ramon Foster almost came to blows after they locked arms for several seconds after a pass rushing/passing blocking drill.