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Report Says Keisel to Miss the Next Two Months

It appears that the Steelers will be without DE Brett Keisel for the next two months due to a calf injury. The injury took place last night in the 10-6 win over the Browns, and Mike Tomlin said after the game he was not aware of the time frame of the injury. KDKA-TV reported the story earlier today. Losing Keisel is big to the teams 3-4 defense, but the team was able to recover last night without him and will hope to do the same vs Philly Sunday.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Jay Sabo

    September 16, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I’d like time to say some things about my Steelers. It’s easy to jump on your team after a bad start. “Oh, we did this that and the other thing all wrong or whatever…” I’d like to throw out some precautionary, objective, RATIONAL observations—based in empirical evidence, and a slight bit of speculation. Again, I can’t stress enough that I’m not waiting until my (horrific) potential prognostications come true, I’m stating this now so as not to sound like an alarmist but rather a realist. First, the good news: we’re 2 and 0 with notably improved special teams, and some (future) firepower to go along with the preexisting power. Our offensive line is improved but DOES THAT SAY ANYTHING?!? Segue to my point. Ben, arguably our best quarterback since Terry (and maybe even better), has a sore shoulder already. Without going into too much elaborate verbosity, I’ll simply use a poor metaphor that I’m sure most of (drinking) Steeler nation can understand….You never go to the bar without your smokes! You don’t put a caliber quarterback like Ben behind an offensive line that will have allowed that type of pressure ALREADY resulting in an injured shoulder….already!!!! It’s unacceptable! drinking-smoking…Franchise quarterback-elite pass protection. Either scenario without its symbiotic partner is not only foolish and absurd, but irrational and ignorant! Ben has marginal pass protection at best, period. I don’t care about Willie’s 3rd leading rushing. That’s good, great even and I’m thankful for it. Don’t tell me to look at the the 2 and 0 start. Sooner or later he, Ben that is, will get beat up and be put out like Tuesdays trash because we have all road graders and refuse to put elite protection around him! If that’s the case, why have him?!? Bring back all the other scrub quarterbacks who are expendable behind poor pass protecting offensive lines and who cares what happens to them. If it sounds like I’m saying he’s bigger than the game, so be it! I, just like all of us, had to suffer through years of super bowl caliber teams minus the quarterback position and now we have the QB without the stinking line!!! Wake up Rooney’s! He’s even worked on getting rid of the ball quicker and his shoulder is still hurt…WHY!!! Okay, I feel better. Seriously, I used to smoke and drink (quit seven years ago….I know, I know, you’re all sorry to hear that) but when I did, I never went to the bar without my smokes…People just looked at me weird. Watching Ben drop back behind that line looks weird, man. They don’t go together. It looks like an O’Donnell or Kordell line or something; not a Ben line! He should never hit the ground…Sound idealistic or unrealistic? Peyton doesn’t really and it took three reserves and a fourth reserve to even make him look remotely, remotely close to looking like Ben running around out there! Until we get Ben the type of protection that allows him to count the blades of grass under his feet, I’ll remain skeptical of Pittsburgh’s commitment to winning. I know you’ll all throw me static for this negative undermining but the speculation is out there. The empirical evidence (for now) is his shoulder (in years past—concussion against Atlanta, something like 96 sacks in the past two years…remember in 05 when we won it all and San Diego’s Luis Castillo broke through and caught him on the knee??? I know you can opine that, “these things happen” but “these things are happening” to our elite quarterback way too often (it doesn’t help that referees—people whom are lucky I didn’t run into out at bars when I was drinking—don’t protect him like they protect other quarterbacks)! This is a rallying cry for any fan who sees the potential to put MULTIPLE Lombardi trophies up there under Ben: Spend the money, and get him the type of protection that he deserves!

  2. mark

    September 16, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Holy Smokes!! Take it easy Jay. I agree, the O-line is NOT the best in the league and I also agree that the Steelers need to upgrade a few line positions. I have posted recently that I wish Ben would be able to get through a game without any injury but that doesnt seem likely.However, this line is playing pretty well right now and we will certainly find out a lot more over this season. Especially over the next few games. This line is what it is, and we wont see any big changes until after the season. The Steelers as a whole are playing very well right now, lets see how this pans out.

  3. Russ Loede

    September 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Can we please get Jay Sabo’s piece on AUDIO for the main NFL Gridiron Gab Website!!!

  4. jay sabo

    September 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Russ, if that was sarcasm, that’s cool, I accept that…If it was serious, I must recant on impulsive feelings and I no longer feel that way; rather I feel appalled at myself for inaccuracies that I purported and need to apologize…The Colts never went to a fourth reserve. I’m thoroughly embarrassed at myself for that.

  5. Jay Sabo

    September 21, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I’m calling out to Steeler nation to not get too excited with too high a hopes this year for our team; not with this offensive line. I know it’s a tired subject and even bordering on rhetoric now but seriously, why buy a Lamborgini without having a nice garage to put it in. I mean, I’d take any garage at this point…One with a roof would be nice!!! Forget the desired plush interior with all the tools hanging where they’re supposed to be and maybe even a TV and beer ‘fridge. Forget the enviable spacious design to have room to move around once outside the car. I’m looking for something that will simply keep my prized possession from getting dinged up; no, not just dinged up, I’ll take the dings at this point…I’m looking for a garage which will shelter my car and at best preserve the longevity of its life at this point. GIVE ME A GODDAMN SHACK WIH RICKETY WALLS AND A DOOR THAT FUCKING CREAKS AT THIS POINT! I JUST WANT TO DRIVE MY &$#@*& CAR AGAIN!!! I really am talking about a car by the way. Not miserly ownership that signs washed up hacks like Kendall Simmons and lets more expensive ones like Faneca go. I’m not talking about ownership that has pulled the rug out from a mill…billionaire who will actually go and pay for players as needed. I’m not talking about ownership that gets way too much credit for winning four super bowls in a free agent-less era and what now amounts to an antiquated style of conducting business….I’m not talking about ownership that gut lucky with number 5 due to an unusual case of the team catching fire at the right time. I couldn’t be talking about the Rooney’s! That would be wrong and sac-religious! Thanks Steelers management for putting THAT protection around Ben!

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