PARKER SETTLES INTO BACKUP ROLE
By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is already putting his latest run-in with the law behind him. He was not punished, at least publicly, by coach Mike Tomlin. And he does not expect to be punished by the National Football League although its investigation is ongoing.
*Much of the buzz surrounding the Steelers going into week 6 was who would start at running back. As expected Rashard Mendenhall started and got the bulk of the carries. Moving forward the starting job is Mendenhall’s to lose. Mendenhall gives the Steelers offense another dimension with his pass catching and blocking ability and the coaching staff wants Mendenhall to be their lead runner. His type of running style suits the kind of offense Bruce Arians wants to run. In Mendenhall’s three starts, the Steelers have scored 93 points. Willie Parker though has been a very important part of the Steelers franchise the past 5 seasons. He’s been their starting tailback for two Super Bowl winning teams. He won’t be pushed aside nor should he. If healthy, Parker will still play a key role for the Steelers this season. He will just have to make the most of his opportunities.Read More »
Week 6: Mike Tomlin Press Conference The Steelers have begun preparations for the lowly Cleveland Browns as the Steelers look for their first division win of the season. The Steelers have won 11 straight against Cleveland winning the previous meeting against Cleveland 31-0 last December. The Browns are 1-4 this season and 0-2 in the AFC North. Injury Front The big news on the injury front today is that
By Mike Bires From all indications, Rashard Mendenhall will make his second straight start Sunday when the Steelers play in Detroit. For one thing, Willie Parker missed practice again Wednesday with his turf toe injury. So he hasn’t even practiced or played any football since the Sept. 27 loss in Cincinnati.
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
CHARGERS (2-1) vs. STEELERS (1-2) 8:30 p.m. at Heinz Field (65,050) in Cincinnati Playing surface: Natural grass TV COVERAGE NBC (locally WPXI-TV, Channel 11) Al Michaels, play-by-play; Cris Collinsworth, analysis; Andrea Kremer, sideline reporter RADIO Steelers Radio Network (WDVE-FM, 102.5, WBGG-AM, 970; WBVP-AM, 1230, WMBA-AM, 1460) Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play; Tunch Ilkin, analysis; Craig Wolfley, sideline reporter SERIES HISTORY
Spend a couple days in the Steelers locker room and it is easy to tell which players have rabbit ears when it comes to media feedback. Take Ben Roethlisberger this week for instance. The Steeler QB usually acts as if he never reads a paper, hears a talk show, or sees a TV sportscast. He loves to act as if he is above such action. After all, he IS Ben Roethlisberger. Why does he need to see or hear what people say about him? And frequently, when Roethlisberger is asked about something that was said or written in the media, he acts as if he has no idea what you are talking about. Yet Ben also frequently throws media speculation, prediction, and hype back in the faces of reporters during his weekly media confrontations with scribes and mich jockeys at the UPMC Southside complex. Funny how you can do thatRead More »