Not clear yet if Ike Taylor will need surgery on broken left thumb


The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their first preseason game, losing 16-7 to the Washington Redskins on Friday night. The big news coming out of the game is that starting cornerback Ike Taylor suffered a broken left thumb in the first quarter. Tomlin said that Taylor will be out a couple weeks and surgery is unknown right now. Other injuries from tonight’s game: Wes Lyons concussion, Sunny Harris foot, Keenan Lewis calf, Crezdon Butler quad.

Citadel cornerback Cortez Allen to visit Steelers in the first week of April


The Pittsburgh Steelers intend to bring in at least 5-to-6 cornerbacks for official draft visits over the next month. The team to this point has officially scheduled two visits for cornerbacks. As previously reported on Monday, Texas cornerback Curtis Brown, a projected second round pick, will be in town for a two-day visit on March 30-31. Citadel’s Cortez Allen, a projected mid-round pick, is scheduled for a draft visit for the first week of April, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. Allen like Curtis Brown, has excellent size at 6-foot-1, 197-pounds. In the Steelers scheme, they eye corners with good size and the ability to be run stoppers. Allen is coming off a strong combine, running a 4.50 forty-yard dash. His draft stock is said to be on the rise and many scouts have him projected as a 4th-5th round pick. The Steelers have two cornerbacks under contract for next season,Read More »

Taylor had no intention to reach deal with Steelers before CBA deadline


Steelers Free Agency Buzz The Pittsburgh Steelers, as expected, did not reach a deal with cornerback Ike Taylor before yesterday’s deadline and once a new CBA is in place, the Steelers No. 1 cornerback will become a free agent. Following a meeting between high powered agent Joel Segal and front office executive Omar Khan at the combine, what’s been relayed to me for over a week now is that Taylor expressed to the Steelers that he has all intentions on testing the free agent market. Those in the media calling Taylor re-signing with Pittsburgh a slam dunk due to Taylor wanting to stay in Pittsburgh, are said to be a “bit too optimistic” on that front. The cornerback position has become a premium in the NFL with over 8 cornerbacks making at least $9 million in 2010 (including all bonuses). So where does Taylors future in Pittsburgh stand? In 2006,Read More »

Tuesday Practice Report: Ike Taylor and William Gay took plenty of reps with the first-team defense


By Inside Pittsburgh Sports PITTSBURGH _The mood these days in the Steelers’ locker room reflects the team’s state of affairs. “Gloomy,” tackle Willie Colon said. A four-game losing streak and a 6-6 record is obviously reason for disappointment. So, too, is the announcement from coach Mike Tomlin that he may shake up the lineup. But according to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it’s time to move past Sunday’s embarrassing 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders and start focusing on getting back on track.

Steelers being exposed as losing streak reaches four


The Steelers losing streak extended to four games Sunday afternoon as the Steelers suffered yet another stunning loss, this time to the Oakland Raiders and a journeyman quarterback who didn’t have a job at the start of the regular season. Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski threw 3 fourth quarter touchdowns including a 11 yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy with nine seconds remaining as the Raiders stunned Pittsburgh 27-24. The Steelers went ahead 24-20 on Ben Roethlisberger’s 11 yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward with 1:56 remaining, only to have Gradkowski and the Raiders go 10 plays and 88 yards for the game winning score. The loss puts the Steelers (6-6) in serious danger of missing playoffs, after winning the Super Bowl for a second time in four seasons. The offense stumbled for the most part in the first three quarters but delivered in the fourth quarter when it counted andRead 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 »