Steelers – Wednesday: Player reactions to Pro Bowl selections and only one player on No. 1 ranked defense being named to team


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have the No. 1-ranked defense in the National Football League and also are No. 1 against the pass, but only one player from their defense was selected to the Pro Bowl. Strong safety Troy Polamalu was chosen to the annual event for the seventh time in his career, the sixth as a starter, offered a reason for the slight. “It probably has something to do with the fact that we didn’t make a lot of splash plays on defense this year or force a lot of turnovers, but I think we just played more like a blue-collar style of defense with not a lot of interceptions or sacks or things like that,” Polamalu said Wednesday after practice. Polamalu added that there hasn’t been a philosophy change for the Steelers on defense this season, but there are many factors involved with the way theRead More »

Steelers – Tuesday: Turnover trend has to Change


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line woes notwithstanding, there are several other issues that need to be addressed as well. The Steelers have just 257 rushing yards, 3.3 yards per carry, while allowing 298 rushing yards, a whopping 4.6 yards per run. They have scored two touchdowns on the ground and allowed two as well. Those numbers need to be turned around for the Steelers to continue to be successful. Speaking of stats that need to be reversed. Turnovers have been hugely lopsided against the Steelers this season, so it’s actually a miracle that they’re 2-1 with 10 turnovers by the Steelers and just one for them. “And this is why it’s concerning,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his weekly press conference, “because we’re not doing a good enough job of protecting the ball, and we’re not doing a good enough job of gettingRead More »

“Overrated” talk following Troy Polamalu this off-season


Is the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year, the most over-rated player in the NFL? According to some National Football writers, Polamalu is. On the national scene, talk of Polamalu being overrated first came from SI’s Peter King last week who ranked Polamalu as the 50th best player in the NFL. King’s main reasoning for the ranking was injuries and the fact that his rankings were also for how he saw players performing in 2011. The biggest knock though on Polamalu has come from Senior Writer Pete Prisco who called Polamalu the most overrated player in football, saying great quarterbacks expose Polamalu, and that he isn’t great in coverage and the NFL is now a cover game.

Week 17 Injury Report: Polamalu “running” today


According to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, the Steelers focus heading into their regular season finale is just winning in Miami and letting the rest of the playoff scenario’s take care of it self. A popular topic this week is whether teams like the Bengals and Patriots will sit starters as such moves could have a major impact on the Steelers playoff hopes. For the Steelers, there’s nothing they can do about it. “This is our bed, we created it, ” Mike Tomlin said. “We’re going to lay in it.” On the injury front linebacker Rocky Boiman – (calf strain), running back Willie Parker – (shoulder), and Brett Keisel (neck discomfort) will all be limited early in the week in practice. Meanwhile, Hines Ward has hamstring injuries in both legs. How much Ward has left in him this season remains to be seen. “Hines is miserable,” Mike Tomlin said,Read More »

Harrison, Ward won’t be at full strength for Sunday’s showdown


The 7-7 Pittsburgh Steelers head into Sunday’s game as a much more confident team than we’ve seen the past couple weeks after last Sunday’s thrilling 37-36 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers have a “pulse” according to head coach Mike Tomlin and this week the team appeared to have a little bit of their swagger back. It was a much looser team in the locker room. In a must win situation against Baltimore, Pittsburgh will not be close to being at full strength and the same can be said for the 8-6 Baltimore Ravens Strong safety Troy Polamalu will miss his 10th game of the season and starting guard Chris Kemoeatu had a minor setback and will miss his second consecutive game. For the Steelers, their concern is with James Harrison and Hines Ward.

Steelers sign wide out Joey Galloway; Polamalu having MRI today


The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed wide receiver Joey Galloway, the team confirmed this afternoon. Galloway, 38, visited the Steelers in the off-season prior to signing with New England and will replace Limas Sweed on the active roster. Galloway (7 receptions) struggled with the New England Patriots this season and was released at mid-season. As expected the Steelers have signed long snapper Jared Retkofsky to replace Greg Warren on the active roster. Mike Tomlin would not go into specifics regarding Limas Sweed but did claim Sweed has the full support of the team as he is dealing with a personal matter. Polamalu having MRI this afternoon Troy Polamalu is having an MRI this afternoon and the results of the MRI will dictate his available Sunday afternoon. If the results are good, Polamalu is expected to practice this week. Injury Report; Ward has setback?

Friday Practice Report: Sweed will be inactive for week 15


Friday Practice Report The Pittsburgh Steelers went through their final practice of the week today as the team looks to snap a five game losing streak. Pittsburgh’s slim playoff chances remain alive after Indianapolis rallied late to beat Jacksonville (7-7) 35-31 Thursday night. However, for a team that hasn’t won since November 9th or won at home since October 25th, the Steelers focus is on just getting a “W”. That in itself will be difficult as the Green Bay Packers (9-4) come to town. Center Justin Hartwig (knee), defensive end Brett Keisel (neck) and wide receiver Hines Ward (hamstring) were full participants in practice today and will play Sunday afternoon. Guard Chris Kemoeatu (right knee, wrist) and safety Troy Polamalu (knee) did not practice. Kemoeatu went through individuals on Thursday but as noted by head coach Mike Tomlin earlier in the week, Kemoeatu will be held out by the coachingRead More »