Archive: Steelers

C. Batch to IR

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed backup quarterback Charlie Batch on the season-ending injured reserve list. Batch broke his collarbone during the preseason. The Steelers previously signed Byron Leftwich to replace him as Ben Roethlisberger's backup....

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 04:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Other NFL Owners Might Prefer to See D. Rooney Remain in Charge of Steelers

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters after meeting with the five Rooney brothers about the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers today in New York that the league's other franchise owners probably prefer to see Dan Rooney remain in charge of the team. That's significant because the owners must approve...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rooneys to Meet With Goodell Today

The five Rooney brothers reportedly are scheduled to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today to discuss the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The meeting is scheduled for this morning at the league's offices in New York, Pittsburgh newspapers reported. Dan Rooney, the Steelers' chairman and one of the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu Practices

Safety Troy Polamalu practiced with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. He had missed all of training camp because of a hamstring injury. His participation in Tuesday's practice was limited as the Steelers ease him back toward full-scale activities. It's not clear if he'll play in this weekend's preseason game....

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu Set to Return to Steelers' Practices

Safety Troy Polamalu could be ready to join the Pittsburgh Steelers' practices Tuesday. Polamalu suffered a hamstring injury just before training camp and has been on the physically unable to perform list. The Steelers are hoping they'll be able to activate him from that list and have him practice...

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rooneys Reportedly to Meet With Goodell Next Week

Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and his four brothers are scheduled to meet next Thursday in New York with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The league continues to look for a solution to the Steelers' ownership dilemma. The Rooneys own 80 percent of the franchise, with...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich Debuts For Steelers

Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich made his exhibition-season debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Thursday night's loss to the Buffalo Bills in Toronto. Leftwich completed five of 11 passes for 41 yards--nothing great, but not bad either considering that Leftwich had only a few days to begin to learn the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Add Leftwich as Backup

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Byron Leftwich to be their backup quarterback. They chose Leftwich over fellow free agent Daunte Culpepper, who also was at the club's Latrobe, Pa., training camp today. Leftwich replaces the injured Charlie Batch as Ben Roethlisberger's backup. It's the end of a lengthy job...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 08:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Culpepper Also in Running For Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers not only brought Byron Leftwich to their training camp in Latrobe, Pa., today. They also brought fellow free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper. It's not clear if the Steelers are considering signing both quarterbacks. More likely, they'll pick one or the other to serve as Ben Roethlisberger's...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 05:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Negotiating With Leftwich

The Pittsburgh Steelers are negotiating a contract with free agent quarterback Byron Leftwich, who could be signed as Ben Roethlisberger's at-least-temporary backup. The former Jacksonville Jaguars starter has been out of work since being released by the Atlanta Falcons after last season. Leftwich would replace the injured Charlie Batch...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2008; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leftwich to Work Out For Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers might be turning to Byron Leftwich as their backup quarterback after losing Charlie Batch, who suffered a broken collarbone during Friday night's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Leftwich is scheduled to work out for the Steelers today and could be signed if all goes well....

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Place Punter on IR List, Add Kick Returner E. Drummond

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed punter Daniel Sepulveda on the injured reserve list, ending his season before it even started because of a torn knee ligament. The Steelers also signed kick returner Eddie Drummond, a former standout for the Detroit Lions....

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 06:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

New Punter for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have claimed punter Paul Ernster off waivers from the Detroit Lions. Ernster could be the Steelers' replacement for Daniel Sepulveda, who has a torn knee ligament and likely will miss the entire season....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deals For Two More First-Rounders

Two more first-rounders have agreed to contracts. Tailback Rashard Mendenhall, the 23rd overall selection, gets a five-year, $12.5 million deal from the Pittsburgh Steelers that includes just more than $7.1 million in guaranteed money. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while awaiting the possible arrival of quarterback Brett Favre, finished a...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Interest in K. Jones

Four teams reportedly sent representatives to a workout over the weekend in Michigan by former Detroit Lions tailback Kevin Jones. Jones, who's working his way back from a knee injury, remains unsigned after being released by the Lions. According to the Associated Press, Jones's workout Saturday was attended by...

 

By Mark Maske | June 30, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Tough Going For Steelers

Wow. That's all you can say after looking at the Pittsburgh Steelers' schedule. It's tough. The Steelers play the two Super Bowl teams, the Giants and Patriots. They play the team that lost the AFC title game, the Chargers. They play the Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Cowboys and Redskins. That...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Lock Up Roethlisberger With $102 Million Extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to an eight-year, $102 million contract extension that runs through the 2015 season. The deal includes about $36 million in guaranteed money. "Ben has been an outstanding leader on the field for the Steelers since his rookie year and we are...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Use Transition Tag on M. Starks

The Pittsburgh Steelers used their transition player tag on offensive tackle Max Starks. The move gives the Steelers the right to retain Starks by matching any contract offer that he receives from another team in free agency. But they don't receive any draft pick compensation if Starks leaves, as...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2008; 09:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Sign T. Kirschke to Two-Year Deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran defensive end Travis Kirschke to a two-year contract. He started the final four games of last season after Aaron Smith was hurt....

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2008; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Roethlisberger Could Rest Sunday Even With No. 3 Seed Still a Possibility for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers still have an outside chance to overtake the San Diego Chargers for the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs, but nevertheless might rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this weekend. Roethlisberger suffered a sprained ankle during last weekend's triumph over the St. Louis Rams and didn't practice...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

W. Parker's Injury May Leave Steelers As Least Imposing AFC Playoff Team

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be a diminished team going into the postseason, thanks to the loss Thursday night of tailback Willie Parker to a fractured fibula in his right leg. Parker was hurt early in the Steelers' win over the St. Louis Rams. He had been the league's leading...

 

By Mark Maske | December 21, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sore Shoulder Plaguing Roethlisberger

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has sat out the Pittsburgh Steelers' practices this week because of a sore right shoulder. Backup Charlie Batch has been practicing with the starters in Roethlisberger's absence. Roethlisberger's availability for Friday's practice could be telling about whether he'll be able to play this weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2007; 10:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Lose Defensive End A. Smith

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without defensive end Aaron Smith for the remainder of the season. He suffered a torn biceps muscle during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots....

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2007; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Re-Establish Their Dominance

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Maybe everyone now has learned the lesson: Just leave the New England Patriots alone. The Patriots hadn't played well in their last two games. They'd had to engineer fourth-quarter comebacks in three of their past four games. But young Pittsburgh Steelers safety Anthony Smith nevertheless felt the need...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steeler's Guarantee Misguided

What, exactly, was Anthony Smith thinking? The young safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers felt the need to come out and publicly guarantee a victory when his teams plays the New England Patriots on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. Why? The Patriots are unbeaten but have had some vulnerabilities on display...

 

By Mark Maske | December 8, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Steelers Likely to be Without Polamalu Against Patriots

Safety Troy Polamalu sat out the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice for a second straight day because of a sprained knee. He's likely to be sidelined for Sunday's game at New England. He has missed the last two games and aggravated the injury during Wednesday's practice. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes participated...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2007; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers to Be Without T. Polamalu, S. Holmes

The Pittsburgh Steelers expect to be without safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Santonio Holmes for at least one game. Polamalu has a sprained knee and Holmes has a high ankle sprain....

 

By Mark Maske | November 20, 2007; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrison Cleared to Play for Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has only a stiff neck and was cleared to play this week. Harrison was taken off the field on a stretcher during Sunday's victory over the Buffalo Bills....

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2007; 06:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlin Has a Chance to Succeed Immediately in Pittsburgh

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching Change Resigned: Bill Cowher Hired: Mike Tomlin Players Released: Joey Porter, LB Verron Haynes, RB Chris Gardocki, P Free Agents Lost: Sean Morey, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Najeh Davenport, RB Tyrone Carter, S Free Agents Added: Sean Mahan, C Nick Eason, DE Kevan...

 

By Mark Maske | May 31, 2007; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Bolster Running Back Depth By Adding K. Barlow

Free agent tailback Kevan Barlow agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Barlow, formerly with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, is scheduled to participate in the Steelers' minicamp this weekend under first-year coach Mike Tomlin....

 

By Mark Maske | May 10, 2007; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Faneca Skips Steelers' Minicamp

Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca was a no-show for the Pittsburgh Steelers' voluntary minicamp this past weekend. Faneca is entering the final season of a contract that pays him a salary of $3.375 million next season, and there apparently has been little progress on a possible extension. The Steelers...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Reportedly Cited for Punching Bengals Tackle at Vegas Gaming Table

Joey Porter, the linebacker recently signed by the Miami Dolphins after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, reportedly was cited by the Las Vegas police for misdemeanor battery after a fight Sunday evening at a casino with Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones. Porter punched Jones in the face...

 

By Mark Maske | March 19, 2007; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

Steelers Add Mahan to Vie for Center Job

Free agent offensive lineman Sean Mahan, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, agreed to a five-year contract Saturday with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mahan is to compete for the starting job at center next season in Pittsburgh and is the first free agent added by the Steelers this offseason....

 

By Mark Maske | March 11, 2007; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Keep Punter by Matching Steelers' Offer Sheet

The San Francisco 49ers retained punter Andy Lee by matching an offer sheet he'd signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a restricted free agent. Lee was the first restricted free agent to sign an offer sheet with another team this offseason. The offer matched by the 49ers was for...

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2007; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Punter is First Restricted Free Agent to Sign Offer Sheet

The NFL's restricted free agent market is up and running, too. The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee to an offer sheet. The 49ers have a week to decide whether to match the offer to retain Lee or allow him to go to the Steelers...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Re-Sign N. Davenport to Back Up W. Parker

The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed running back Najeh Davenport to a two-year, $2 million contract. The deal includes a $405,000 signing bonus. Davenport is to be used to back up starter Willie Parker....

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Cut J. Porter, V. Haynes to Get Beneath Salary Cap

The Pittsburgh Steelers released three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter. The move keeps the Steelers from having to pay Porter a $1 million roster bonus next week and a $4 million salary for next season. The club also released reserve tailback Verron Haynes. The maneuvers got the Steelers beneath...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Smith Agrees to Extension With Steelers

Defensive end Aaron Smith agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers that runs through the 2011 season. The deal includes a signing bonus of approximately $8 million and with the one remaining season on his existing contract is worth about $25 million over five years....

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlin, Steelers Have Tentative Deal

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin accepted an offer today to become the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, an NFL source said. He succeeds Bill Cowher, who resigned after 15 seasons as the Steelers' coach. The Steelers' other finalists were their offensive line coach, Russ Grimm, and Chicago Bears...

 

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2007; 06:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Report in Pittsburgh Says Steelers to Hire Grimm, Not Tomlin

The Pittsburgh Steelers' choice of a head coach to succeed Bill Cowher has become a mess. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported today that Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm had been offered the job and accepted it. His hiring is to be announced at a news conference Monday, the newspaper...

 

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlin Looks Like Favorite for Steelers Job

People familiar with the Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching search say that Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin has emerged as the favorite for the job. Tomlin, they said, could be hired early next week to replace Bill Cowher, who resigned after 15 seasons with the Steelers. The other finalists for...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2007; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers, Dolphins Taking Their Time in Coaching Searches

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins don't seem to be in a hurry to fill their head coaching vacancies. The Steelers had a second interview Tuesday with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and are to speak to their own offensive line coach, Russ Grimm, for the second time...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlin, Grimm Getting Second Interviews With Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are to begin their second round of interviews for their head coaching job by meeting Tuesday with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and Wednesday with their own offensive line coach, Russ Grimm. Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera apparently remains under consideration but the Steelers...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 08:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers to Interview C. Gailey

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expanding their field of head coaching candidates, after all. They're scheduled to interview Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey on Saturday. He'll become the fifth candidate to interview with the team following Steelers assistants Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Four Candidates Might Be Enough For Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have interviewed four candidates to find a successor to Bill Cowher as their coach, and it's possible they won't interview any more. Assistant coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm seem to remain the front-runners. The Steelers also interviewed defensive coordinators Ron Rivera of the Chicago Bears...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Grimm Interview Up Next for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching search is under way. Club officials met Sunday in Chicago with Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm is to be interviewed today, and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt gets his chance Tuesday. The Steelers are scheduled to interview Minnesota Vikings defensive...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Says He's Resigning, Not Necessarily Retiring

Bill Cowher made his departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers official today, saying during a news conference that he was resigning from the team but not necessarily retiring from coaching. "That makes you sound old," Cowher said. "I'm resigning. It's the right thing for me and my family. I'm excited."...

 

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cowher Is Telling Associates He Won't Coach Anywhere Next Season

Bill Cowher informed the Pittsburgh Steelers today that he is resigning after 15 seasons as their coach, an NFL source said tonight. The Steelers scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference for Friday to announce the decision by Cowher, 49, who has told associates that he intends to spend time...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 09:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Readying to Move On Without Cowher

Bill Cowher appears poised to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers after 15 seasons as their coach. The Steelers have scheduled an afternoon news conference for Friday. An NFL source said tonight that the Steelers don't expect Cowher to return as their coach. Team officials would like the matter to be...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 07:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher's Resignation Announcement Reportedly Expected Monday

Bill Cowher is expected to announce his resignation Monday as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Cowher has one season remaining on his contract and is spending this week with his family in Raleigh, N.C., considering his coaching future....

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons to Launch Coaching Search With Whisenhunt Interview Today

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to begin their head coaching search by interviewing Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt today. The Falcons likely will interview Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary in the coming days....

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

There's Already Cowher-to-Dolphins Talk in League Circles

Executives with some teams around the league already are speculating that the Miami Dolphins might try to hire Bill Cowher as their coach if Cowher resigns, as expected, from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga said Wednesday after losing his coach, Nick Saban, to the University of Alabama...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Decision By Cowher Yet

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney and team president Art Rooney II met with Bill Cowher on Tuesday morning without getting an answer from Cowher about whether he'll resign, as expected, as the club's coach. Cowher then traveled to Raleigh, N.C., to be with his family. He's not scheduled to...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals to Interview Rivera Today

The Arizona Cardinals are to begin their head coaching search by interviewing Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera today in Chicago. The Cardinals, who fired Dennis Green as their coach on Monday, also have scheduled interviews with Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman on Thursday and Indianapolis Colts assistant...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Expecting Cowher to Resign

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher is scheduled to be with his family today in Raleigh, N.C., as he ponders his coaching future. The Steelers seem to expect Cowher to resign with a season remaining on his contract. Contract talks between the team and Cowher broke off before the season...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Promises Quick Resolution of His Status After Season

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher told reporters today that he might give an indication as soon as next week whether he will remain with the team beyond this season. "That's for next week," he said during a news conference. "We'll talk about that next week. It won't go long."...

 

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 09:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Fined for Winslow Remark

The NFL today fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter $10,000 for using a slur related to sexual orientation to describe Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow after the two teams played last week. Following the Steelers' 27-7 triumph last Thursday, Porter called Winslow "soft" and used the slur to...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ward Set to Return to Steelers' Lineup

Wide receiver Hines Ward is to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers' lineup on Sunday at Carolina. He's missed the past two games after undergoing knee surgery....

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Says No Decision Has Been Made on His Coaching Future

Bill Cowher said in a conference call Wednesday with Charlotte, N.C.-area reporters that he hasn't decided whether he'll remain the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers after this season. Talks with team officials about an extension of his contract were put on hold before the season and other members of...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Polamalu to Miss At Least One Game

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and is to miss at least one game. It will be the first game that Polamalu will have missed due to injury during his NFL career. He was hurt during Sunday's loss to the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 03:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

H. Ward Reportedly Undergoes Knee Surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward reportedly underwent knee surgery Monday. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. He reportedly had a piece of bone removed from his left knee....

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu Likely to Play This Weekend

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has resumed practicing and likely will play this weekend. He suffered a concussion during the Steelers' triumph over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday....

 

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (5)

Steelers Bench CB Taylor

Coach Bill Cowher said earlier in the week that there could be some lineup changes as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the possibility of having the worst season ever by a defending Super Bowl champion. The first switch perhaps has happened. Cornerback Ike Taylor found himself practicing with the second-string...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Fined $15,000 By League

The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter $15,000 for remarks he made to an official during an Oct. 29 game at Oakland. Porter was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. It's not clear exactly what he said....

 

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Takes Blame

Blame me. With the defending Super Bowl champions all but out of the AFC playoff race with a record of 2-5 and coming off a loss to the pitiable Oakland Raiders, that was the message delivered Tuesday by Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher. "Obviously, there's a lot of disappointment...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2006; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (6)

Roethlisberger Practices Fully, Appears Set to Play

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated in a full practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers today, apparently signaling that he's ready to play Sunday in Oakland. Roethlisberger suffered a concussion during last Sunday's overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Bill Cowher told reporters that a final determination about Roethlisberger's status would...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Says Falcons Player Taunted Him About Head Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday that an Atlanta Falcons player taunted him after Roethlisberger suffered the head injury that knocked him from the two teams' game last Sunday. Roethlisberger refused to identify the player. "They made a little comment, but I won't bring it up right...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Roethlisberger Practices

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated in the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice today. He suffered a concussion during last Sunday's overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and Coach Bill Cowher is withholding a decision about Roethlisberger's playing status for this weekend until later in the week. But it had been thought that...

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Concussion Leaves Roethlisberger's Status Unclear This Week

The Pittsburgh Steelers don't know if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be available this week. He suffered a concussion on the heavy hit that knocked him from Sunday's overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Roethlisberger also sustained a concussion in the July motorcycle accident that led to him having seven...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Painful Day for Super Bowl QBs

The two quarterbacks who participated in last season's Super Bowl got hurt Sunday, but Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck probably will be sidelined longer than Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. Hasselbeck is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today on the knee injury he suffered during Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Sign C. Brown For Help at LB

The Pittsburgh Steelers today signed veteran linebacker Chad Brown. Brown, 36, spent last season with the New England Patriots. He spent his first four seasons with the Steelers after being selected by the club in the second round of the 1993 NFL draft. The Steelers are thin at linebacker...

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Injuries Now Plaguing Steelers' Defense

Things aren't getting immediately better for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Linebacker Joey Porter and cornerback Deshea Townsend suffered hamstring injuries during Wednesday's practice. It's unclear if they'll be able to play for the struggling defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Porter's injury could be particularly...

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cowher Doing His Best to Stay Calm as Times Get Increasingly Desperate for Defending Champs

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in trouble. The defending Super Bowl champions have a record of 1-3. They're on a three-game losing streak since the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has no touchdown passes while throwing seven interceptions this season. Their one victory, a season-opening triumph over the Miami...

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Champs Not Panicking About 1-2 Beginning

PITTSBURGH--The reigning Super Bowl champions have a record of 1-2 after Sunday's loss here to the Cincinnati Bengals. They're two games behind the unbeaten Bengals and Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. But the Pittsburgh Steelers weren't panicking in the aftermath of the 28-20 defeat to the Bengals. Even...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu Hurting, and It Shows

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is playing with an ailing shoulder. The injury affected Polamalu during Monday night's loss at Jacksonville. He didn't play with his usual abandon, and the Steelers changed their defensive play-calling a bit to try to protect Polamalu. It's a situation that's worth monitoring. The...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lewis Making Sure Bengals Players Remember Steelers' Taunts

The Cincinnati Bengals play in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the first meeting between the AFC North rivals since the Steelers won a first-round playoff game in Cincinnati last season and left Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer with a severe knee injury. These teams appear to be among the best in football,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (5)

Roethlisberger Was Sick, Rusty Monday Night

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher said today that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a temperature of 100.4 degrees Monday, not the 104 degrees that was reported initially. According to Cowher, Roethlisberger was suffering from a cold and his fever and other symptoms were not related to the emergency appendectomy that...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2006; 08:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu, Like Roethlisberger, Eases Concerns By Practicing

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't the only prominent Pittsburgh Steelers player who eased concerns about his playing status this week by practicing Wednesday. Safety Troy Polamalu, who hurt his shoulder during last Thursday night's season-opening triumph over the Miami Dolphins, participated in the practice and appears set to play Monday...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Thought Geathers's Hit on Green Not "Ill-Intended"

League officials aren't the only ones who thought the hit by the Cincinnati Bengals' Robert Geathers last Sunday that left Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green hospitalized for two days with a concussion was clean. A neutral observer, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher, said earlier this week that he...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Signs Pointing Toward Roethlisberger Return

Signs are pointing toward quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers' lineup Monday night in Jacksonville. The Steelers released rookie quarterback Omar Jacobs off their practice squad Tuesday, an indication that they probably believe Roethlisberger will be available this week along with the two other quarterbacks on the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Lobbying Cowher to Allow Him to Play Monday Night

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't practice today but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did some throwing to receivers and is pressing Coach Bill Cowher to allow him to play in Monday night's game at Jacksonville. Roethlisberger sat out the Steelers' season-opening win over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night in Pittsburgh after...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2006; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Sign Davenport

The Pittsburgh Steelers, looking for a tough and reliable runner to get a few carries a game backing up Willie Parker, signed former Green Bay Packers tailback Najeh Davenport today. Davenport once was an effective backup to Ahman Green with the Packers but was released by Green Bay last...

 

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2006; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Batch Gets Job Done But Roethlisberger Could Be Steelers' Week 2 Starter

PITTSBURGH--The Pittsburgh Steelers looked every bit like the reigning Super Bowl champions here Thursday night even with backup quarterback Charlie Batch filling in for recently luckless starter Ben Roethlisberger. Batch threw three touchdown passes as the Steelers beat the Miami Dolphins in the opening game of the NFL season....

 

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Lacking Complementary Runner To Go With Parker

PITTSBURGH--Over the previous two seasons, part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' formula for success was having two tailbacks to split the workload. Two seasons ago, it was Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley. Last season, with Staley hurt, it was Willie Parker and Bettis. This season, Parker is firmly entrenched as...

 

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Steelers Boosters Eager for More

PITTSBURGH--The Pittsburgh Steelers got their long-sought "One For The Thumb" when they won the franchise's fifth Super Bowl title last season. A billboard along I-279 between the city's airport and downtown reads: "Now For The Other Hand."...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 08:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Somber Day in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH--The game between the Steelers and Miami Dolphins tonight at Heinz Field to open the NFL season comes at the end of a somber day for Pittsburgh residents. The funeral for Bob O'Connor, the city's mayor who died Friday from cancer, took place this morning. O'Connor became the city's...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

St. Pierre Is Steelers' Backup QB Tonight

PITTSBURGH--The Pittsburgh Steelers' backup quarterback for tonight's NFL season opener against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field will be Brian St. Pierre. The defending Super Bowl champions promoted him from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Wednesday. The Steelers signed St. Pierre, who'd been released by the Baltimore...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Seems Likely to Return for Steelers' Second or Third Game

It appears that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss one or two games after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Sunday. Roethlisberger was released from the hospital Monday. Steelers Coach Bill Cowher has ruled the quarterback out of the NFL's season-opening game Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Sign W. Parker to Extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Willie Parker, the former undrafted free agent who became their starting tailback last year in their Super Bowl-winning season, to a four-year contract extension Wednesday. The deal is worth about $13.5 million, including a signing bonus of $3.75 million, and keeps Parker from being a...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2006; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Says Roethlisberger's Thumb Injury Not Serious

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher said today that the thumb injury suffered Wednesday by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't serious. Cowher called the injury a ligament strain and said during his news briefing that he will determine Friday whether Roethlisberger will play in the Steelers' exhibition game Saturday against the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Hurts Thumb

Throughout the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp and in their first exhibition game, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has seemed unaffected by the injuries that he suffered in a motorcycle accident in June. But the Steelers had a new injury concern about their Super Bowl-winning quarterback today when Roethlisberger left a practice...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 09:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers, Cowher Put Extension Negotiations On Hold

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed their negotiations with their coach, Bill Cowher, about a contract extension on hold until after the upcoming season, the team announced today. "I remain optimistic and hopeful that we will be able to conclude a contract extension which will keep Bill coaching the Pittsburgh...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Says Bettis Off Base

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher said today he spoke to Jerome Bettis about the comments that the former Steelers tailback made during halftime of an NBC broadcast Sunday night. Bettis said he thought this would be Cowher's final season with the Steelers. Cowher said during his news briefing today...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2006; 09:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bettis Is Latest to Speculate It's One More and Done For Cowher

Former Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Jerome Bettis added to the conjecture about the future of his former coach when he said during halftime of NBC's broadcast of the Redskins-Bengals game Sunday night that he thinks this will be Bill Cowher's final season with the Steelers. Bettis is not the first...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2006; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Roethlisberger To Play in Preseason Opener

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to start the Pittsburgh Steelers' exhibition opener Saturday at Arizona. Roethlisberger was injured in a motorcycle accident in June, undergoing seven hours of surgery for facial fractures. He is slated to play one or two series against the Cardinals....

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2006; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Roethlisberger Ready For Exhibition Opener?

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger indicated today that he believes he'll be able to participate in the Pittsburgh Steelers' opening preseason game. "Everything feels pretty good," he said, according to the Associated Press. "My arm feels good. I feel like it's coming along well. It's better than it has been in...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 10:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Charge Against S. Holmes Dropped

A disorderly-conduct charge against Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Santonio Holmes was dropped today in Miami. Holmes was arrested over the Memorial Day weekend in Miami Beach for allegedly blocking traffic and refusing to obey a police officer's order....

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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