• DE Smith To Play on Sunday vs. Browns?

    Depending on medical clearances and a final decision by Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, it is entirely possible that defensive end Aaron Smith could see some action in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Cleveland Browns.  According to Tomlin, “Aaron is doing well to the point where we’re going to use him some.  He’s going to go at a limited basis, and we’ll proceed with caution from there.  Aaron has a chance to play this week.”  Prior to October 21, when he sprained his knee against the Denver Broncos, Smith had played in 115 consecutive games, including the playoffs.

  • Big Ben hits milestones

                                        Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 

    In last night’s 35-7 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not only led his team to victory but he set some milestones along the way:

    • He needed only two quarters to tie former Steeler great Terry Bradshaw and Mark Malone’s team record for touchdown passes in a game (5).
    • Roethlisberger’s first TD pass gave him at least 1 TD pass in 13 consecutive games, breaking the team record held by Bradshaw.

    In addition, his 5 TD passes in the first half of the game gave him 72 for his young career, eclipsing former Steeler QB Kordell Stewart and into second place among Steeler QB’s.  Roethlisberger also surpassed Bubby Brister into fourth place in career passing yardage. 

  • Several Steelers Missing From Practice Tuesday

    Six Pittsburgh Steelers players were absent from Tuesday’s practice who either did not play in the team’s 21-0 win over the Seattle Seahawks or missed a few plays of the game itself: wide receivers Hines Ward (knee) and Santonio Holmes (hamstring), defensive tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring), safety Troy Polamalu (ribs), cornerback Bryant McFadden (ankle) and offensive tackle Marvel Smith (knee).

    The Steelers practice today and Thursday and will have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off for their bye week before beginning offensive and defensive preparations on Monday for their next opponent, the Denver Broncos.

  • Ward unavailable for Sunday’s game vs. Cardinals

    Hines WardAs was expected for all of this week, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who did not practice at all yesterday, will not play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, according to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.  Nate Washington will probably replace Ward at flanker with Cedric Wilson in the slot.

    This is only the fourth game that Ward, a 10-year veteran, has missed in his career.  Ward told Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding his unavailability against the Cardinals, “You’ve got to be smart.  With the guys that we’ve got, there’s no need for me to try and rush back.  I’ve got confidence in the guys that are playing.  I’ve got to look at the big picture.  I don’t want to have an on-going knee injury all year.  This game means a lot but still you have to look at the big picture.”

  • Ward listed as doubtful vs. Arizona

    Hines WardTests on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward show that he has a sprained knee and he is being listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game at Arizona.  Ward was walking without a limp during while reporting to a team meeting on Monday; however he was on crutches later. 

    Ward was injured while being the intended receiver on consecutive plays during a drive in the 3rd quarter during the 49ers-Steelers game last weekend.   Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has not yet ruled Ward out of the game; Ward has missed only 3 games due to injury in 10 NFL seasons.


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