Ward Apologizes to teammates; Steelers re-sign Anthony Madison


By Inside Pittsburgh Sports On Monday, Hines Ward apologized to Ben Roethlisberger. On Wednesday, he apologized to the rest of his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates. Those apologies were necessary because Ward spoke without thinking this past Saturday when he ripped into Roethlisberger during an interview that was telecast before Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. In a sit-down with NBC-TV’s Bob Costas, Ward questioned Rothlisberger’s toughness after team physicians decided that the star quarterback shouldn’t play due to re-occurring symptoms of his Nov. 22 concussion. “I’m not going to get into the conversation we spoke about,” Ward said of his apology to Roethlisberger. “The issue has been resolved. I apologized to the team today for even having to answer questions about this. I don’t want this to be a distraction.” Roethlisberger said he accepts Ward’s apology, and it’s time to move on. “Everything is fine,” Roethlisberger said. *** The Steelers madeRead More »

Steelers Training Camp: Position-by-Position Analysis


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 »