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 »



On my radio show yesterday, we didn’t talk about Dennis Dixon. We didn’t talk about the Steelers’ loss at Baltimore, or their playoff chances. We didn’t talk about the defense’s weekly fourth-quarter collapse. We didn’t talk about Pitt-West Virginia, Tiger Woods or Sidney Crosby’s hat trick. We talked about Hines Ward. That’s Ward’s doing, not mine. Ward did a phone interview on SportsCenter yesterday. He admitted being frustrated by the situation he created, but didn’t apologize. Ward should. But here’s betting he won’t, unless the Steelers force him. You simply can’t justify or excuse Ward’s nationally-televised tirade about Ben Roethlisberger not playing hurt. Ward went so far over the line that he might actually be in danger of alienating much of his considerable fan base in Pittsburgh. He questioned a teammate’s courage and toughness. I still can’t believe it. The Steelers are trying to downplay this. They can’t. The SteelersRead More »

Hines Ward throws Ben Roethlisberger under the bus?


It’s no secret that Ben Roethlisberger is not the most popular player in the Steelers locker room. Based on Hines Wards comments tonight, Roethlisberger isn’t winning over many of his teammates with his decision to tell team doctors that he was suffering from headaches after practicing all week. “This game is almost like a playoff game,” Hines Ward said. “It’s almost a must win. So, I can see some players or some teammates kind of questioning like, Well, it’s just a concussion. I’ve played with concussions before. I would go out there and play. So, it’s almost like a 50-50 toss-up in the locker room. You know, should he play, shouldn’t he play. It’s really hard to say. “I’ve been out there dinged up. The following week, I got right back out there. You know, Ben practiced all week…..Ward then added, “To find out that he’s still having some headachesRead More »

Cover 2 Schemes a concern for the Steelers offense?


Steelers expect Roethlisberger to bounce back “I had a bad day,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said regarding his play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. “I know everyone here has had a bad day, ” Roethlisberger added. Roethlisberger did have a bad day but he’s earned the right to have a bad day every once in a while. On Sunday Roethlisberger completed half of his passes (20-40) against the Cincinnati Bengals for 174 yards, one interception and a 51.5 passer rating. It was his worst game since a week 3 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. Roethlisberger claims he didn’t feel great from the first drive of the game. “Actually, at the beginning of the game I didn’t feel great, my arm didn’t feel good, whatever,” Roethlisberger said. “But the first drive we connected and went down the field. I had a scramble, hit a couple of completions and IRead More »

Mendenhall stars; Steelers hold on to beat Chargers 38-28


Pittsburgh — Coming off back-to-back losses, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged his team this week and the Steelers offense answered the bell early and often. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns and the Steelers got a dominating performance from 2nd year running back Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall making his first start of the season, rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on the night. The Steelers controlled the clock with a strong running game and precise passes from Roethlisberger to take a commanding 28-7 lead in the 4th quarter. But, for the defending Super Bowl Champs, no lead is safe. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers roared back, scoring 21 (4th) quarter points to cut the Steelers lead to 35-28 with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Following a Chris Chambers 13 yard touchdown reception with 4:31 left, the Steelers turned toRead More »

Steelers begin quest for 7th Super Bowl Title


The road to Miami kicks off Thursday night as the six time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers begin their title defense at home against the Tennessee Titans. Trying to repeat as champions is the hardest thing to do in sports. The Steelers found that out in 2006. The focus for the Steelers has been on the upcoming season not what they accomplished in 2008. Some believe the Steelers are deeper and more talented than last year. Opening up the season with the 4th easiest schedule in the NFL, expectations are high and it all starts Thursday night at 8:30 p.m.

Monday Practice Report: Timmons won’t start in the season opener


By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH _ Lawrence Timmons will not be in the starting lineup Thursday when the Steelers open the 2009 season against the Tennessee Titans. Timmons, an inside linebacker, is still recovering from an ankle sprain. He was hurt in the Aug. 29 preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Taking Timmons’ place in the starting lineup will be Keyaron Fox, a sixth-year pro who played only special teams last season when he joined the Steelers via free agency. Fox played very well when playing linebacker the past several weeks at training camp and in the preseason games. Timmons was the only member of the 53-man roster who didn’t practice Monday. WASHINGTON HOPES TO PLAY AGAINST EX-TEAMMATES Last year, Nate Washington helped the Steelers win the Super Bowl as their No. 3 wide receiver. This year, he’s trying to help the Titans win in it all as one of theirRead More »

Day 8: Steelers are no strangers to rule changes brought about by their agressive style


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers are no strangers to rule changes over the years brought on by their aggressive, physical style of play, and the NFL came up with one again this year. There was the head-slap rule to stop the Steel Curtain’s defensive line from beating up their opposing offensive linemen on their way to sacking the quarterback, and then there was the 5-yard chuck rule instituted because monstrous cornerback Mel Blount would tie up a wideout at the line and he had no chance to get into his pattern. Now, there’s the Hines Ward Rule, aptly named for Steelers wideout Hines Ward, who can change a game equally as well with his run-blocking ability as he does as a pass-catcher. And the main play that precipitated the rule came against the Cincinnati Bengals and rookie linebacker Keith Rivers. “There’s really no intent now inRead More »

Day 3: Steelers Training Camp Notebook


RAIN DAMPENS PRACTICE Despite a 20-minute shower late Sunday afternoon, the Steelers kept on practicing. Never did the rain fall hard enough that practice had to be stopped. When it started to rain around 4:25 p.m., most of the fans in attendance headed for home. But 20 minutes later, the rains let up and the Steelers’ practice fields were still in near-perfect condition. The Steelers didn’t even consider moving to the field with a newly installed artificial surface. “We don’t worry about the things that we can’t control, the weather being one of them,” Tomlin said. “We came out here to work today, and I thought they did. They maintained focus throughout the rain, which is great. There was no lightning, so there was no real danger. I thought we had a very productive day.” TIMMONS MISSES PRACTICE Linebacker Lawrence Timmons didn’t practice for what Tomlin said was cramps. TimmonsRead More »