The Steelers won in New England for the first time since a 24-21 overtime decision on December 13, 1997. Post-Game Thoughts Statement Game: Today‚Äôs win was important for many reasons. This was a pivotal win for the coaching staff that has had trouble winning big games on the road since last year. The Steelers¬†remain in the driver seat to win the AFC North but they have a tough task ahead of them. They have now gained a game on the Jets for the #2 seed. A bye will be critical to any chances of making it to Tampa Bay. Catching the Tennessee Titans (11-1) may be out of reach for the #1 seed but the Steelers can make a big statement when they travel to Tennessee on December 20th. Offense making strides: Ben Roethlisberger threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-33 completions. Willie Parker and Mewelde Moore combinedRead More »
Injury Report WR Santonio Holmes ‚Äì Concussion, Indications are Santonio will be fine Questionable CB Bryant McFadden practiced last week and will be reevaluated throughout the week. McFadden should be able to play RB Willie Parker ‚Äì Knee inflammation. Will be re-evaluated later in the week Doubtful CB Deshea Townsend ‚Äì Hamstring injury Out LT Marvel Smith ‚Äì Tomlin continues to label Smith as status quo DE Brett Keisel – MCL Sprain. Keisel will be out for multiple weeks Photo courtesy of SteelCityHobbies
Thursday night‚Äôs win proves to be costly AFC North hasn’t been kind to Keisel: First it was the Cleveland Browns and now it may be the Cincinatti Bengals that could put defensive end Brett Keisel on the sidelines. Mike Tomlin sounded concerned following the game in regards Brett Keisel who went down in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. There is already speculation that the injury is serious and Keisel will be put on IR. For the Steelers sake let‚Äôs hope the injury is not as serious as some believe. The Steelers are very thin at defensive end and DT Casey Hampton remains bothered with his groin injury that will likely bother him the rest of the season, although Hampton will continue to play with the injury. End of the road for Willie Parker?: Running back Willie Parker has had a difficult time staying healthy this season. Parker wasRead More »
Injury Update Willie Parker tweaked his knee. Tomlin believes Parker tweaked his knee prior to the his breakout run where it was obvious he was injured. The status of Brett Keisel is also unclear. Keisel suffered a knee injury and Tomlin sounded a bit concerned Santonio Holmes did suffer a mild concussion Tomlin was very blunt and said the punting game was awful. Tomlin said the Steelers will address the situation and prior to the game it was already rumored that Ernster was done with the team following the game. The Steelers will be bringing in potential targets as they now have 10 days before they play New England Miller impressive in return: Heath Miller returned after only being out two weeks with a high ankle sprain. Miller had 4 receptions – 44 yards – 1 touchdown.
Heath Miller will play tonight. Miller is coming back fairly quick from a high ankle sprain but indications are Miller can‚Äôt do any more damage to his ankle. Miller will likely play in 70%-75% of the offensive plays tonight according to Bruce Arians following yesterday‚Äôs practice. Casey Hampton may be a bit limited tonight: Expect to see Chris Hoke a lot tonight. Hampton remains bothered by a groin injury that will likely hinder him the rest of the season. The Bengals have deactivated Chad Johnson: Johnson has struggled with Carson Palmer out of the lineup and only has 41 receptions this year. Johnson is still a good receiver but he is a deep threat and is a non-factor with Ryan Fitzpatrick running the show.
Mike Tomlin Press Conference News & Notes Bryant McFadden is out for Thursday‚Äôs game but has begun practicing. A good target date is next week‚Äôs game against New England Deshea Townsend has also been ruled out for Thursday‚Äôs game. Fernando Bryant will likely see an increased role Thursday night. Against the Chargers, Anthony Madison started the game as the team’s nickle back but as the game progressed Fernando Bryant saw his role increase. Potentially the Steelers could have Heath Miller back this week. Miller will continue to be evaluated today and on Wednesday before the Steelers make a decision. Mike Tomlin would neither confirm nor deny that Marvel Smith has had another back surgery. He sort of by-passed the question. It appears Gary Russell will continue get a look as the teams short yardage back. Tomlin also mentioned Willie Parker is a possibility despite his shoulder injury. Unique week forRead More »
Despite outgaining the San Diego Chargers 410 ‚Äì 216 the Steelers had to rally in the fourth quarter behind Ben Roethlisberger‚Äôs 1st 300 yard passing game at home since November of 2006, and Jeff Reed‚Äôs third field goal with 11 seconds left in the game won it for the Steelers 11-10 over the San Diego Chargers. Ben Roethlisberger was efficient with precise passes and passed for 308 yards on a season-high 41 attempts but the Steelers failed to get in the end zone. For the second straight week the Steelers struggled to score with rushing plays on the goal line. Running back Willie Parker who missed last week‚Äôs game with a shoulder injury rushed for 115 yards, his third 100 yard game in 5 games this season. Post Game Buzz The 11-10 final score was the first in NFL history Roethlisberger has now passed for 41 attempts in back-to-back games.Read More »
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker did not practice today and is not expected to play Sunday against the Giants. Parker did practice on Wednesday but has been limited since. Mewelde Moore will start in place of Parker for the third consecutive week. According to the Post-Gazette, Defensive End Aaron Smith has been excused from practice for personal reasons, the third straight day he missed practice. His status is up in the air but there is a strong chance that he will not play on Sunday. Mike Tomlin will address the Santonio Holmes situation following today‚Äôs practice
The Steelers returned to practice today after being off since Thursday. Willie Parker, Brett Keisel, Jeff Reed and Marvel Smith are expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer will be sidelined for another week. Despite Willie Parker returning to the lineup this week, the Steelers plan to give Mewelde Moore close to ten touches (not including punt returns) Tuesday is the NFL‚Äôs trade deadline and the Steelers are listening to offers for Max Starks but as of this afternoon they haven‚Äôt received one call about the availability of Starks
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker is expected to be out until week 7. Parker has been ruled out for Monday night‚Äôs 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‚Äôs primary back. Mewelde Moore will remain the Steelers third down back Source: Post-Gazette