A lot of buzz going around right now that the Tennessee Titans will be the team that comes to Heinz field for the NFL‚Äôs Thursday night season opener in 2009. The San Diego Chargers are believed to be the second choice at this point. The opportunity will be presented to the Baltimore Ravens for a rematch of the AFC Championship game to open the 2009 season but it is likely that they will decline like the Denver Broncos did in 06. Steelers 2009 Schedule Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions An Inside Look at players who will be entering the final year of their contract in 09. Who will receive an extension and who likely won’t Harrison to commandRead More »
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward went through a full practice on Thursday. The only reporter allowed in the Steelers practice is SI.com‚Äôs Peter King. Hines Ward is the only Steelers player on the injury report. For the Cardinals defensive end Travis LaBoy (biceps), defensive end Antonio Smith (knee), running back J.J. Arrington (knee), and punter punter Ben Graham (groin) have been limited in practice according to reports. All four players are expected to play. Mike Tomlin denied an internet report (profootballtalk.com) that Ben Roethlisberger had a X-Ray on his ribs yesterday. Roethlisberger hurt his back in the first half of the Ravens game. Nonetheless this is a non-story because the only practice Roethlisberger missed was last Wednesday and there is nothing wrong with him.
Media Frenzy: There is nothing like the Super Bowl when it comes to the media circus. The players not only have to deal with the intense media coverage but there are also tons of parties and gatherings going on. It is very easy to get distracted but don‚Äôt expect any distractions from this group. Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger, , Heath Miller, and Brett Keisel were available to the media today. LaMarr Woodley was on the Jim Rome show this afternoon. Polamalu/Coca-Cola commercial: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has conducted a Coca-Cola commercial which will air during the Super Bowl. The commercial is a new version for Joe Green‚Äôs Super Bowl commercial in the 1970‚Äôs. Here‚Äôs a sneak peek A different Ben Roethlisberger: Early indications are Steelers quarterback Ben¬† Roethlisberger is much more relaxed than he was during the week leading up to Super Bowl XL. TheRead More »
According to the Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward expects to practice on Thursday and test his injured knee. Ward spoke to the media Monday afternoon after the Steelers touched down in Tampa Bay at 11:50 a.m. Ward had this to say — “We’ll see where we’re at, “I can’t really say because I haven’t run or cut or done anything. I’ve just been getting treatment 24 hours ’round-the-clock. It feels better. I don’t have a brace on. I’m walking around fine. It’s not going to be 100 percent. I’m not going to trick anybody and prove that but I think I’m going to be able to be good to go out there and perform like I want to.” Source: Tribune-Review
Transition is not easy and that was clear when Mike Tomlin was named the Steelers new head coach¬†in 2007.¬†The Steelers got off to a 9-3 start in 07 but¬†some of the¬†team questioned Tomlin‚Äôs philosophy because of how attached a lot of the veteran players were to former head coach Bill Cowher. Established veterans like Alan Faneca and Hines Ward were pushing for Russ Grimm to become the Steelers head coach. In Tomin‚Äôs first season, he was very hard on his players. The team went through a tough camp and practices were much more intense than they were under Cowher. Mike Tomlin made it known that it was going to be his way and by the¬†end of the 07 season, the players began to realize that this was Mike Tomlin‚Äôs team. From the beginning, Mike Tomlin had the backing of his franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The key for any coach isRead More »
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 243 yards and had 1 passing touchdown and 1 rushing touchdown as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinatti Bengals 27 ‚Äì 10 Thursday night at Heinz Field. After throwing eight interceptions in three games, Roethlisberger has played mistake free football the past two games and has thrown for a combined 551 yards in his last 8 quarters of football. Most importantly Roethlisberger how thrown 0 interceptions in that span and Roethlisberger has the Steelers at 8-3 and with their eye on a first round bye. Offensively the Steelers answered the call and Roethlisberger’s top target tonight was Santonio Holmes who caught 5 receptions for 84 yards. Holmes who was primed for a 100 yard receiving game, suffered a concussion in the third quarter and did not return to the game. Running back Willie Parker also left the game in the third quarter with what is beingRead 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 »
Injury Report Out Bryant McFadden ‚Äì surgery on his arm yesterday. Plate inserted. He‚Äôll be out for weeks. Keyaron Fox ‚Äì Hamstring Questionable Marvel Smith ‚Äì Smith is progressing and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday Dallas Baker ‚Äì Shoulder injury, his status is up in the air Probable Willie Parker continues to progress. Slated to practice tomorrow. Troy Polamalu ‚Äì concussion, test were favorable. He could practice tomorrow and as of right now Tomlin anticipates Polamalu playing. Carey Davis will practice, expected to play Casey Hampton slated to practice on Wednesday, expected to play