Thursday Practice Report: Sweed in; McDonald out


By Mike Bires Shaun McDonald will have a homecoming of sorts when the Steelers play in Detroit on Sunday. But it appears that he will do so as a bystander. A wide receiver who spent the past two seasons with the Lions, McDonald said after practice Thursday that be will not be in uniform Sunday. That means Limas Sweed is out of coach Mike Tomlin’s doghouse, at least for this week. “I’m ready to get back in the mix and have some fun,” Sweed said after practice. Sweed lost his spot as the No. 4 wideout after dropping what would have been a 34-yard touchdown pass in 23-20 loss in Cincinnati on Set. 27. He was not in uniform this past Sunday when the Steelers outscored San Diego, 38-28 at Heinz Field. But this week, Tomlin is giving Sweed another chance.

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 »

Tomlin not ready to officially name a #3 wide receiver


Replacing Nate Washington (#3 receiver) was one of the few intriguing battles in training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the season opener just three days away, Second year wide out Limas Sweed has shown enough progress to have a hold on the #3 spot for now, but head coach Mike Tomlin is not ready to officially name Sweed the teams #3 wide receiver.

NFL: McDonald the odd man out?


With roster cuts looming, veteran wide receiver Shaun McDonald is currently on the outside looking in. McDonald caught 79 passes two seasons ago for the Detroit Lions and leads the Steelers with 11 receptions in the preseason but has not been able to pass Mike Wallace on the depth chart. With a little over 48 hours before the Steelers make their final cuts, the latest buzz surrounding McDonald is that he won’t make the team. Odds stacked against McDonald McDonald was brought into camp as insurance just in case Limas Sweed and Mike Wallace weren’t ready to contribute. Despite a few dropped passes in key situations, Sweed has shown the ability that he is ready to contribute this season and the Steelers are confident moving forward with him as their #3 receiver. In the passing game the Steelers have Holmes, Ward and Sweed as their top three wide outs. TightRead More »

NFL: Wallace keeping a hold on #4 receiver spot


McDonald unable to pass Wallace on the depth chart for now Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Two weeks ago the Steelers depth at the wide receiver position was regarded as a major question mark but after two weeks of training camp and one pre-season game, some of those concerns are being put on the back burner for now. The performances of 2nd year wide out Limas Sweed and rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace have been promising thus far and the most intriguing battle in camp has been Mike Wallace holding off veteran Shaun McDonald for the #4 receiver spot. Limas Sweed has a strong hold on the #3 receiver spot behind Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward. Mike Wallace entered the Steelers first preseason game #4 on the depth chart and through three practices this week, Wallace has remained

Steelers vs Cardinals: What to watch For


Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports As the Steelers suit up for their first preseason game Thursday night, all eyes will be on 2008 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall who only appeared in four games last season, will get the bulk of carries during the 1st half as Willie Parker may sit out (back spasms) or only play a series or two.

Saturday Afternoon Practice: McDonald catches everything that comes his way


By Dale Grdnic Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports LATROBE, Pa. — Wideout Shaun McDonald was quick to correct, noting that he has dropped a pass during the first training camp week at Saint Vincent College, as two reporters believed it appeared that the veteran free agent caught everything thrown his way by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterbacks.

Day 7: Afternoon Practice: Insider Report


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice Thursday afternoon, but is still showing signs that he is working his way back into shape as far as his arm strength goes. While he was sharp on the short and intermediate routes, Roethlieberger’s arm lacked some long-ball zip again Thursday, as one bomb was picked off by cornerback Roy Lewis, while another fell harmlessly short of the receiver and defensive back. After practice, Roethlisberger was carted up the hill with several ice bags wrapped to his shoulder. “Ben’s getting better, but we all are,” veteran quarterback Charlie Batch said. “I know I’m still shaking off the rust from last season, but we’re coming along little by little. It’s a process, as they say.” There was one drill where Roethlisberger displayed his accuracy. The Steelers linebackers covered the backs and tight ends off the line, and inside linebacker JamesRead More »

Wednesday Morning Practice: Roethlisberger throws 3TD’s in Redzone Drill


Broken Coverage The Steelers secondary had a tough time staying with the club’s receivers in a coverage drill, as quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon were pretty sharp from start to finish. In the 11-on-11, team red-zone drill, Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes: to Santonio Holmes, Shaun McDonald and tight end Dezmond Sherrod, while Batch had one to McDonald. In the coverage drill, wideout Steven Black beat