December 1, 2012
For the third consecutive game, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without their star quarterback. At least it appears as if they'll have the quarterback of their defense and the reigning team MVP back on the field. Ben Roethlisberger will not play Sunday in Baltimore, meaning Charlie Batch will make his second consecutive start at quarterback for the Steelers (6-5), who have lost each of the first two games Roethlisberger missed. Unlike a defeat at home two weeks ago to the rival Ravens (9-2)
October 4, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - Call it addition by omission. As Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rattled off the status of injured players on Tuesday, three names were noticeably absent: Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu. It wasn't an oversight by Tomlin. It's just that he doesn't think three of his team's most vital contributors are hurt anymore. Barring a setback, Tomlin expects all three to be in uniform on Sunday when the Steelers (1-2) host the Eagles (3-1). "I think that's a safe assessment," Tomlin said.
April 24, 2012 |
YOU CAN REDUCE Brian Dawkins' career to numbers on a sheet of paper, if that is your preference: Pro Bowls (eight), sacks (26), interceptions (37), forced fumbles (37). For some, that undoubtedly is all he was. Even the people who saw him on television sometimes, while living in Yuma or Utah or the Yukon, and saw the way he could simultaneous unite one team while dismembering the other, did not entirely understand. You really did have to be here. As arguments go, it is kind of weak.
October 31, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - The Steelers no longer have a Tom Brady problem. And that may be a problem for the rest of the NFL. Old, slow and over? Not yet. Ben Roethlisberger picked apart the NFL's worst defense and the Steelers rattled the nearly unflappable Brady in a 25-17 victory yesterday, putting an end to the two-time MVP's decade of dominance over the defending AFC champs. Brady came in 6-1 all-time against the Steelers, putting up eye-popping numbers in the process.
September 11, 2011 |
Three players, including all-pros Troy Polamalu and Adrian Peterson, got major contract extensions on Saturday. Peterson agreed to an extension with the Vikings that includes $36 million in guaranteed money and as much as $100 million over the next seven years if he plays that long with Minnesota. After setting the NFL's single-game rushing record with 296 yards against San Diego in 2007, Peterson has been picked for the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons. Polamalu, the 2010 NFL defensive player of the year, signed the contract at Pittsburgh International Airport on Saturday just before the Steelers boarded a plane to Baltimore.
August 24, 2011 |
In an unusual move in today's social media climate, Lawrence Timmons didn't go to Facebook or Twitter to announce his new six-year contract with Pittsburgh, the way good friend LaMarr Woodley did after signing a similar deal with the Steelers earlier this month. "They said they wanted to keep it [low key]," Timmons said on Tuesday. "Once you pay a guy like that, I'm going to do what they say. " The new deal will pay Timmons $50 million if he sticks around until 2016, the kind of money that will make it difficult for him to remain one of the league's best-kept secrets.
August 19, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - The Eagles, who have made a championship their clear priority, got an early chance to measure themselves against a 2011 Super Bowl participant Thursday night. They couldn't have liked the results. The Steelers clobbered the Eagles, 24-14. "You come into a good team's house, you have to bring your A game," Eagles coach Andy Reid said after the game. "On offense, we didn't run it good, and we didn't pass it good. ... We all stunk tonight. " "It's the preseason.
August 19, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - The Eagles, who have made a championship their clear priority, got an early chance to measure themselves against a 2011 Super Bowl participant Thursday night. They couldn't have liked the results. The Steelers clobbered the Eagles, 24-14. "You come into a good team's house, you have to bring your A game," Eagles coach Andy Reid said after the game. "On offense, we didn't run it good, and we didn't pass it good. We all stunk tonight. "It's the preseason.
February 1, 2011 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin did not rule out Maurkice Pouncey for the Super Bowl, although all signs point to the Steelers center sitting out Sunday's game. Pouncey has a high ankle sprain and was on crutches when the Steelers landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday. There have also been various reports that the rookie has a fracture in his ankle. "I'm sure it could be categorized as that," Tomlin said. "I'm sure I got something floating around in my ankle.
January 22, 2011 |
If Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez or running back Shonn Greene have any question about their early-career fortune, all they have to do is talk to their backfield teammate, LaDainian Tomlinson. He is in his 10th NFL season. He has been a league MVP, and is a three-time first-team all-pro and five-time Pro Bowler. And when Tomlinson walks onto Heinz Field Sunday, he will have played in exactly as many conference title games as Sanchez and Greene, a Winslow Township High School graduate whose critical late runs have sparked the Jets in the playoffs.