Townsend to make 1st start of season; Parker to play in final home game @ Heinz Field?


Townsend earns 1st start of the season In a move that should have been considered weeks ago, cornerback Deshea Townsend took first team reps at cornerback all week and will make his first start of the season Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Ravens. Townsend will replace William Gay in the starting lineup. However, in the nickel base defense, Townsend will slide back as the nickel back –position he has played all season. Based on practice this week, Joe Burnett will see his playing time decrease a bit this week. Steelers focus on Ray Rice The Steelers focus this week is on Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice exploited the Steelers in their week 12 matchup and the Steelers primary focus is limiting Rice in the passing game. The Ravens found ways to get Rice matched up against James Farrior in key situations during the previous meeting and they will lookRead More »

Carter says he will start on Sunday


By Mike Bires Tyrone Carter was Thursday’s newsmaker at Steelers’ headquarters. First, the fill-in starter at strong safety returned to practiced. He missed Wednesday’s practice due to a deep thigh bruise he suffered this past Sunday in Chicago. Second, Carter says he will start this Sunday in Cincinnati even if he isn’t 100 percent. Third, Carter revealed that he was fined $5,000 by the NFL for a hit he put on Bears’ tight end Greg Olsen in the second quarter of the Steelers’ 17-14 loss. Carter was fined even though he wasn’t penalized on the play. “Unreal,” Carter said of the fine. “I watched the play over and over (on videotape). I didn’t hit him with my helmet. I hit him in the shoulder. The NFL must see something different.” In defending his case, Carter pointed out that was not penalized on the play for which he’s been fined andRead More »

Steelers Notebook: Notes from Tuesday’s organized team activity workout


Notes from Tuesday’s organized team activity workout at Steelers’ headquarters on the South Side of Pittsburgh: With a few exceptions, all Steelers were present and accounted for as voluntary OTAs resumed. As he’s done in the past, strong safety Troy Polamalu is skipping OTAs. He’s in California, working out with his own personal trainer. Coach Mike Tomlin has no problem with that. Also missing Tuesday was reserve wide receiver Dallas Baker. A Steelers’ spokesman didn’t know why Baker was absent. Baker, however, did attend two OTAs in April and the three-day minicamp earlier this month. Present but not practicing were wide receivers Hines Ward and Martin Nance, free safety Ryan Clark and punter Daniel Sepulveda. Ward and Clark are coming off off-season shoulder surgeries. Sepulveda missed the 2008 season with a knee injury. Nance is nursing an undisclosed leg injury. Mundy a lock for a roster spot? With both startingRead More »