Steelers notebook from Thursday’s OTA


By Mike Bires “Big Ben” was back on the job Thursday. Just one day after injuring his left knee at an organized team activity workout, Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice. Obviously, the tweak or bruise he suffered Wednesday was not serious. Roethlisberger, the Steelers’ star quarterback, did wear one of those black rubber sleeves on his knee. But he showed no signs of pain or discomfort like he did when missing the second half of Wednesday’s OTA. Neither Roethlisberger, coach Mike Tomlin or anyone from the Steelers’ media relations staff would comment on the injury. *** Max Starks doesn’t want to talk much about his upcoming wedding, but his teammates keep hounding him about it. One of the Steelers wrote on the locker room bulletin board, “Only 23 days left in Max’s life as he knows it.” “I’m getting a lot of ribbing over it,” the mammoth left tackle saidRead More »

Steelers Notebook from Tuesday’s OTA


By Mike Bires So what did James Harrison have to say about his pit bull dog biting his son? The star linebacker isn’t saying. Harrison, whose 2-year-old son was bitten by his pit bull dog last Wednesday, evaded the media who attended Tuesday’s organized team activity. Harrison’s son has been in UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh recovering from a severe bite to the thigh. He’s expected to be released from the hospital any day now. James Harrison III has been in Children’s Hospital since the incident. He’s may be discharged any day now. The boy was bitten by Harrison’s pit bull “Patron” when the child’s mother, Beth Tibbott, left the dog out of its cage. Tibbott does not live with Harrison and his son. The incident happened at Harrison’s home in Franklin Park, a community in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Triangle Pet Control Services of McKees Rock has custodyRead More »

Pittsburgh Steelers Contracts


Quarterbacks 7 Ben Roethlisberger 3/3/2008: Signed an eight-year, $102 million contract. The deal contained $33.2 million guaranteed, including a $25.2 million signing bonus. Also included is a clause forbidding Roethlisberger from participating in hazardous activities. 2009: $4.75 million + $3 million roster bonus due in March | 2010: $8.05 million | 2011: $11.6 million| 2012: $11.6 million | 2013: $11.6 million |2014: $11.6 million | 2015: $12.1 million, 2016: Free Agent 2 Dennis Dixon 7/7/2008: Signed a three-year, $1.28 million contract. The deal included a $130,000 signing bonus. | 2009: $385,000 | 2010: $470,000 | 2011: Restricted Free Agent | Free Agents 4 Byron Leftwich 16 Charlie Batch

Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh 27 – Arizona 23


Perfect throw. Perfect catch. That‚Äôs all can say about the what might be the greatest drive in NFL history. Ben Roethlisberger’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left gave Pittsburgh a thrilling 27-23 victory over the Cardinals, capping off a 78 yard drive with 2:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger, Holmes guided the Steelers to their 6th Super Bowl title. Roethlisberger among the games great players

Super Bowl XLIII Preview


Super Bowl XLIII Outlook The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals Clash in Tampa tonight for Super XLIII. The Steelers come into the game as seven point favorites while the Cardinals are in familiar territory as the underdog in Super XLIII. The Cardinals who finished the regular season 9-7, winning the NFC West division had to go through the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles to reach Super Bowl XLIII. Pittsburgh the AFC North division champs beat the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round and beat the Baltimore Ravens for the third time this year in the AFC Championship game 23-14. The Steelers who have reached the Super Bowl for the second time in four years, will be vying for their 6th Super Bowl title.

News and Notes


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward went through a full practice on Thursday. The only reporter allowed in the Steelers practice is’s 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 ( 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.

Super Bowl XLIII Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers (14-4) vs Arizona Cardinals (12-7)


Steelers ‚Äì Ravens Recap: As Expected it came down to Roethlisberger vs Flacco The first two games between the Baltimore Ravens came down to Ben Roethlisberger vs Joe Flacco and for a third time around it came down to Roethlisberger vs Flacco again. Joe Flacco went 13/30 ‚Äì 141 yds ‚Äì 3INT, while Ben Roethlisberger went 16/33 ‚Äì 255 yds ‚Äì 1TD. The statistics weren‚Äôt overwhelming for Roethlisberger but he carried the Steelers offensively who had no running game and if it wasn‚Äôt for a couple dropped balls, most notably from Limas Sweed, Nate Washington and Willie Parker, Roethlisberger would have easily had a 300 + yard game. No turnovers was the key and the Steelers came into the game with the mindset that Joe Flacco would have to beat them for the Ravens to win. Roethlisberger,26, is 7-2 in the playoffs with one super bowl ring and another superRead More »

Steelers take over in second half, Advance to AFC Championship


Steelers 35 – Chargers 24 Willie Parker rushed for 146 yards & 2TD‚Äôs and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 181 yards and 1 touchdown as the Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers 35-24 to advance to their third AFC Championship game in five years. The Steelers controlled the ball for 14:43 in the third quarter which set the tone for the second half as the Steelers led 21-10 at the end of the third quarter. With 12:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, Gary Russell‚Äôs one yard touchdown run capped off a 2 play ‚Äì 49 yard drive to put the Steelers up 28-10. The Chargers¬†got within 11 but the Steelers responded like good teams do and Willie Parker sealed the game with a 16 yard touchdown run that resulted in a 9 play ‚Äì 73 yard drive. The Steelers outgained the Chargers 342 ‚Äì 290 and controlled the line ofRead More »

Steelers beat Bengals 27-10; Improve to 8-3


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 »