• Steelers To Sign Zabaransky

    The Steelers now have insurance at the quarterback position; the team, according to the Idaho Statesman, is expected to sign former Boise State quarterback Jared Zabaransky to a free-agent contract Monday.  Zabaransky, who was not selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, spent a portion of last season on the Houston Texans’ practice squad; he played for the Texans during the preseason but was later released. 

    Zabaransky, who said he worked out for the Steelers last week, was 33-5 as Boise State’s starting QB from 2004-06.  He is expected to back up Charlie Batch as the Steelers’ #3 QB, as Brian St. Pierre is not expected to return.

     
  • Holmes Dead At 59 After Car Crash

    Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Ernie Holmes
    It is with great sadness to announce that former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Ernie Holmes has passed away at the age of 59; according to a dispatcher with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Holmes was driving alone Thursday night when his automobile left the roadway and rolled over several times near Lumberton, about 16 miles north of Beaumont; at the time, Holmes was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car he was driving. Holmes was pronounced dead at the scene

    One of the anchors of the Pittsburgh “Steel Curtain” defense, the 2-time All-Pro played on 2 Super Bowl teams while with the Steelers from 1972-77; he spent the 1978 season with the New England Patriots. We at NFL Gridiron Gab send out our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Holmes’ immediate and extended family.

     
  • Trio Of Steelers May Return Sunday

    Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Marvel SmithPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio HolmesPittsburgh Steelers safety Troy PolamaluThree Pittsburgh Steelers will at least try to practice on a limited basis – safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver and offensive tackle Marvel Smith – and may return for the Steelers’ game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.  Polamalu (knee), Holmes (ankle) and Smith (back) have missed the team’s last 2 games because of injuries; the Steelers return to practice today after having the last 2 days off.

     
  • Changes in store for Steelers’ receiving corps?

    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Nate WashingtonThe Steelers wide receivers, by and far, are proficient in what they do on the field.  But at least for this week – when they face the Miami Dolphins – there will be some slight alterations to the starting receiving corps.  It appears that Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will place Nate Washington at split end (#2 WR on offense) against the Dolphins Monday. 

    To understand the reasoning for the switch, probably the best way to describe the switch is that Arians feels that Washington is a better matchup in certain offensive packages that he has in place against the Dolphins.  This doesn’t mean that the other Steeler wide receivers have been forgotten.  With the proposed receiver switches, expect WR Cedric Wilson to be placed at flanker.  So don’t assume this is a purging of the receiving corps; if anything, this is a one-time thing here. 

     
  • Steelers’ Practice Notes

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben RoethlisbergerThere was a practice on Wednesday, and there are mixed results.  According to Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced although team head coach Mike Tomlin had previously said that Roethlisberger would be limited in practice reps because of a sore shoulder and hip.  Roethlisberger told the T-R, “I feel better than I actually thought I was going to feel.” 

    The Steelers also held out starting running back Willie Parker (hip)  and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) out of practice; Woodley added that he “probably will not” play Sunday against the New York Jets.  Although physically they are fine, wide receiver Hines Ward, offensive tackle Marvel Smith and RB Gary Russell did not practice.

     
 
 
 
 

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