• 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.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
 

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