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  • Steelers QB Roethlisberger Hoping to Be Able to Take the Practice Field Next Week

    Ben Roethlisberger

    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is now hoping to be able to take the practice field next week when the the Steelers return from their bye to get ready for a road game at Baltimore.

    Today Ben was on the field just eight days after knee surgery to repair his left meniscus.

    ESPN reports that Roethlisberger confirmed on his radio show on 93.7 The Fan that he did some individual work at practice but is not committing to a timetable for his return.

    “I’m taking it day to day, but my goal is to practice next week,” said Roethlisberger, who threw passes to the tight end group early in Tuesday’s practice, according to tight end Xavier Grimble.

    He added on his show that he hopes eventually he’ll reach a point at which he’s not thinking about the knee and is playing with a clear conscience.

  • Steelers TE Ladarius Green Finally to Get on the Practice Field


    The Steelers could be getting another weapon back on offense following the bye, and it’s not quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (though that would be great).

    The player that could be back in tight end Ladarius Green, who singed a big free agent deal this offseason to join the team and take over as lead tight end for the retiring Heath Miller, but so far due to injury hasn’t played a down.

    The team released a tweet today that Green is going to finally take the practice field.

    Green went on the PUP list in late August with ankle issues, and there’s also been stories about headaches as a reason he was unable to practice for play for that matter.

    “Everything is getting better,” Green said on “Everything is progressing.”

  • Mistakes Too Much to Overcome as Steelers Drop Second Straight 27-16 to Patriots

    New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers

    In the end, not having their franchise quarterback along with too many field goals instead of touchdowns, combined with some odd play calling was enough to see the Steelers drop to 4-3 on the season.

    The Patriots did more than enough to pull away for a 27-16 win on Sunday at Heinz Field, and while Landry Jones was able to keep the team in the game, a costly first quarter interception and the inability to score touchdowns was a big part of the Steelers undoing.

    Jones’ first start of 2016 was a learning experience, as he made his share of mistakes, but also made some plays, enough to have the team down just four at the half at 14-10.

    He had the Steelers down 20-16 in the fourth quarter after a Chris Boswell 44-yard field goal with 14:49 to play, but the Patriots, as they usually do in Heinz Field, marched right down the field and put the Steelers hopes of a win away with LeGarrette Blount’s second score of the game to make it a 27-16 affair.

    The Steelers had chances early, as a first quarter fumble recovery by the Steelers was wasted as Jones thew a bad end zone interception to Malcolm Butler forcing a ball to Antonio Brown ended any chance of an early Pittsburgh lead.

    Tom Brady and the Pats marched down the field after the pick, as he neatly went 80 yards in 13 plays, hitting James White with a 19-yard TD pass to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead.

    New England went up 14 on their next drive, as this time they went 84 yards in 11 plays, with Blount going over from three yards out with 10:58 to play first half making it 14-0.

    The Steelers finally got things going, as Jones hit a big play to Brown from 51 yards to set up an eventual touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey from 14 yards out to make it 14-7.

    They had a shot to make it 14-10, but Chris Boswell missed a field goal, this also after a holding call on a touchdown pass would have tied up the game.

    In the third quarter, the Steelers did draw it to 14-13 after Boswell hit a 46-yard field goal at the 8:49 mark, but as New England usually does, they quickly respond.

    This time it was the passing of Brady, who quickly drove the team 75 yards in five plays, hitting Rob Gronkowski from 36 yards out to make it a 20-13 game after a missed point after.

    Again though the Steelers couldn’t convert seven, as they drove down the field in 12 plays, but had to settle for another Boswell field goal to make it 20-16.

    That’s as close as the Steelers would get, as the Pats put the game out of reach with a 75-yard drive right through the Steelers D, with Blount going over for his second score to make it 27-16.

    The Steelers did have a shot to get closer after recovering a fumbled punt, but after they couldn’t get a first on 4th-and-2, Mike Tomlin sent out Boswell for a 54-yard field goal attempt, which wasn’t even close, ending the Steelers last good chance of the day.

    Jones was 29-for-47 for 281 yards with the touchdown and pick, but overall the offense had too many mishaps, and there wasn’t enough rhythm, and they had to settle for too many field goals.

    That may work against teams like the Browns, but not against Brady and New England.

    About the only good news is that the Ravens and Bengals are still a game each out, as the Ravens lost to the Jets on the road, and the Bengals beat the Browns at home.

    The Steelers are on the bye and will come back to play the Ravens in two Sunday’s on the road in Baltimore.

  • First Half Thoughts From the Steelers Trailing the Patriots 14-10 at Heinz Field

    held Landry Jones

    The way the first half looked, the Steelers appear to be lucky only down 14-10, as they trail the Patriots after being down early 14-0. Landry Jones settled into a nice groove late in the half, a14nd it looks like the game could come down to the wire if the Steelers can continue to play tough D in the second half.

    Here’s some first half thoughts on what the Steelers have been able to and not able to do against the Patriots.

    * Jones is doing the job, overcoming an early first quarter interception that could have been a huge lift after the Steelers got a turnover that could have given him an early lead. The backup to Big Ben is 14-for-20 for 179 yards with a TD and pick, and while he had some ugly moments, overall he’s put the team in a position to have the lead or at least a tie, but a flag on what would have been the tying TD was called back. He needs a duplicate effort in the second half.

    * The D held Pats TE’s Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett to just one catch, and have done a nice job against them. The D needs to do the same in the second half, and while other Pats pass catchers have done the job, holding those two in check has been a key reason New England’s offense went from unstoppable to just average after scoring the first 14 points of the game.

    * Having some pressure on Brady has been a monster key as to why he started and looked like he wouldn’t miss a pass, to just throwing 13-for-18 for 123 yards with a TD and no picks. If the Steelers can find a way to pressure him and get a sack or two, that would be great. He’s been able to escape pressure and even run for a couple of first downs which was ugly to say the least, but at the same time, if Brady is running, he’s not throwing downfield, which means the secondary is doing a good job. The Steelers do need to find a way to stop Julian Edelman who has seven grabs.

  • Patriots vs Steelers NFL Week Seven Inactives

    DeAngelo Williams

    Patriots – DT Woodrow Hamilton, DT Vincent Valentine, CB Cyrus Jones, TE A.J. Derby, RB D.J. Foster, OT LaAdrian Waddle, SS Jordan Richards

    Steelers – QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Markus Wheaton, S Shamarko Thomas, RB DeAngelo Williams, C Cody Wallace, OT Marcus Gilbert, DE Cameron Heyward


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