He is always playing through pain...not going to be an issue I bet.
Whoa, no mention of Big Ben's partial tear in his rotator cuff? I figured you guys would be all over that.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:42 PM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:23 PM
Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:48 PM
Running back: The Steelers are pretty confident that feature back Rashard Mendenhall (knee surgery) will play at some point this season, but it's likely not until the stretch run in December. They probably will go somewhat by committee with Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and rookie Chris Rainey getting a look. But Rainey already was being held out of more physical drills in camp -- he is a speedster and quick-burst change of pace guy, nowhere near an every-down back. Redman has the most experience but Dwyer, a sledgehammer, was the buzz of the offseason and early camp. He's finally in great shape and seems determined, with several hardened defensive players telling me he is a handful. He has had a 100-yard game in the past in a limited role and could be a breakthrough player with the light bulb apparently now on. "It better be," Tomlin said. "It's his third year, it's time to produce and we like what we've seen so far."
Right tackle: The Steelers have more depth and youth on the offensive line than they have for a long, long time. And good competition. Rookie Mike Adams, a top-15 talent who fell because of a failed drug test, is seen as the right tackle of the future. He'll fight it out with Trai Essex through the preseason, both getting time with the starters. Rookie David DeCastro, a little hobbled at the start of camp, is trying to push for playing time at guard as well. Regardless of how it shakes out, Roethlisberger should feel better about his protection than he has for quite some time.
Return specialist: Brown is now a $42 million man after signing an extension at the start of camp. That means subjecting him to the return game mostly is a thing of the past. He'll still do it on occasion, if a spark is needed, but the Steelers are going to experiment with a bunch of guys in the preseason. Tomlin brought in former return whiz Desmond Howard to work with the group early in camp. "Antonio will be doing a lot less returning," Colbert said, "and we're hoping someone else will supplement that role."
Somebody to Watch
Injuries have robbed former starting tackle Willie Colon of time in recent years, but he is healthy, fit and thriving at left guard. Having tackle size at guard with a power running game is never a bad thing. "He looks very, very comfortable at guard," Colbert said. "He's a very physical presence there for us." Again, if this reshuffled line is as good as it seems it can be, one of Pittsburgh's biggest weaknesses in recent years could become a major strength.
• Harrison has dealt with all kinds of ailments in recent years and Colbert and Tomlin seemed fine with leaving him and Hampton on the PUP list for a while. Tomlin always manages his veterans through camp well.
• Tight end Heath Miller was dealing with a minor ankle sprain but there was no real concern there.
• Punter Jeremy Kapinos was dealing with back issues early in camp but should be fine in short order.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:25 PM
Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:41 PM
I feel as bad for the Steelers as they did when Suggs got hurt.
Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:40 PM
Bad news for Pitt if this is serious.
Their line was a mess with DeCastro...could get real ugly without him (and remember they are implementing a brand new system this year under Haley as well).
Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:12 AM
Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:50 AM
I dont know what to think about Pitt.
I'm a Steelers fans and honestly think there's a good chance of a down year. Between huge question marks on the offensive line to injuries at RB to an ever aging defense, I'm just not optimistic. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a Ravens/Bengals/Steelers/Browns division finish.
Their Oline always sucks but they always find a way.
Their defense has been aging for a while, but they find a way.
At some point, you would think they have a down year but they don't.
Posted 01 September 2012 - 09:16 AM
Ugly and unfortunate injury for Spence. He was very well regarded at Miami, and a steal in the draft for where the Steelers got him.
Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:06 AM
Pittsburgh was 8 of 15 on 3rd down. They had 0 turnovers, and held the ball for 36+ minutes.
They were penalized 10 times for 107 yards.
Dwyer and Redman combined for 24 carries for 53 yards.
Miller, Sanders, Wallace, and Brown each had 3 or more receptions.
Woodley and Heyward had sacks.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:09 PM
Pittsburgh can win regular-season games without Roethlisberger. It can get to the playoffs without him. But it can't win a Super Bowl without him.
Roethlisberger is in the midst of the best season of his career and perhaps mounting an MVP campaign. In adapting to offensive coordinator Todd Haley's quick-hitting passing attack, Roethlisberger has the NFL's sixth-best QBR and is the league's best on third downs this season. How valuable has Roethlisberger been this season? Half of the Steelers' six wins have come from game-winning drives led by him. This is his team.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:37 PM
Also, it looks like Pitt is going to sign Plaxico.
Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:34 PM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:47 PM
Harbaugh was on the verge of losing his locker room too, but he was able to unify the team instead of lose it and then make tough decisions, like firing Cameron and playing McKinnie, en route to winning a Super Bowl.
The Steelers will likely lose a lot of the players who were selfish -- Mike Wallace immediately jumps to mind -- but they're headed for cap hell too.
I'd much rather be the SB champs heading for some cap troubles than an 8-8 team that has a divided locker room.
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