December 2011 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap
Roethlisberger Expects To Face Cleveland
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn't want his sprained left ankle to keep him out of Pittsburgh's regular-season finale Sunday against the Browns. "As long as I can deal with pain, I'll be out there," Roethlisberger said. "I don't want to let the guys down, so I'll do what I can to be out there."
Browns Aren't Looking For Payback Against Harrison
The Browns will likely finish the season with Colt McCoy, but they won't look for payback this weekend when they face the Steelers. The quarterback was injured by Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison back in Week 14. McCoy suffered a concussion. Mohamed Massaquoi, who took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Harrison last season, politely declined to answer any questions about the linebacker, but fellow wide receiver Josh Cribbs didn't duck the issue. He was asked if the Browns "owe" Harrison. "I would say so," said Cribbs, who was Harrison's teammate at Kent State. "But we're not going into this game thinking about getting even with him. We're going into this game trying to win it. It's nothing personal with him. We'd like to knock their guys out as well, but within the whistle, according to the rules. "We just want to go into this game thinking about winning, we're not thinking about one particular guy."
Roethlisberger Has 'Shot' To Face Browns
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believes injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey both have "a shot" to play in Sunday's regular season finale at Cleveland. "It is our intention right now that if those guys are healthy enough to practice and prepare, then we will play them," Tomlin said. Given the way backups Charlie Batch and Trai Essex handled themselves in a 27-0 win over St. Louis last Saturday, the Steelers may not need Roethlisberger or Pouncey to hurry back from their badly sprained left ankles to keep the team's hopes of an AFC North title alive.
Batch To Start For Steelers Against Rams
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not start this weekend against the Rams because of his ankle injury. Instead, Pittsburgh will start Charlie Batch. Roethlisberger last missed a start due to injury in 2009, when a concussion forced him to sit out a loss to Baltimore.
Ben Roethlisberger Sits Out Practice
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out Thursday's practice to rest his sprained left ankle and will be a game-time decision against the Rams on Saturday. Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said the team will wait as long as possible before determining whether Roethlisberger or veteran backup Charlie Batch will start.
Harrison: League Should Discipline Browns
Steelers linebacker James Harrison understands his hit on Browns QB Colt McCoy was illegal by the letter of the law. He can also understand, grudgingly, why the NFL suspended him one game as punishment for a series of similar hits over the last three seasons. What Harrison doesnít quite understand, however, is why the Browns havenít also been disciplined by the league for allowing McCoy to return to the game so quickly if the QB was in such bad shape.
Cause Of Candlestick Park Blackout Still Unknown
The utility that supplies power to Candlestick Park is saying that investigators are still in the dark over the nationally televised power failure that twice delayed the "Monday Night Football" game between the 49ers and the Steelers. PG&E spokesman Jason King said he "spoke too soon" when he said investigators determined that a San Francisco-owned piece of equipment was responsible for the first of two blackouts.
Tomlin Never Thought About Pulling Roethlisberger
Despite Ben Roethlisberger's mobility issues because of an ankle issue, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he never considered pulling his quarterback late Monday night with the game against the 49ers seemingly out of reach. "He's a competitor and I'm not going to deny those guys those opportunities," Tomlin said. "I think his teammates have an appreciation for that and that's how we're built." Roethlisberger passed for 330 yards but also threw three interceptions and fumbled once while basically playing on one leg in a 20-3 loss to the 49ers.
Roethlisberger: 'I Was Probably The Best 49er'
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hobbled around on one leg against the 49ers on Monday night, throwing three interceptions in the process. "I was probably the best 49er tonight," Roethlisberger said after Pittsburgh's 20-3 loss. Roethlisberger wouldn't dwell on the postgame state of his injured ankle other than to say, "It hurts. I'll leave it at that." He never used the injury as an excuse when addressing the media.
Two Power Outages At 49ers-Steelers
Candlestick Park went dark twice during Monday night's game between the 49ers and Steelers. Two power outages delayed San Francisco's 20-3 Monday night win over Pittsburgh, first just before kickoff and again early in the second quarter after the stadium moved to a backup power source. The first outage pushed back the opening kickoff by 20 minutes. Thousands of flashbulbs went off in the midst of the blackness, with a sellout crowd of 69,732 sitting in darkness. The second delay came early in the second quarter and halted the game again between the playoff-bound teams for about 15 minutes.
Steelers 'Optimistic' Roethlisberger Will Play
Ben Roethlisberger injured his ankle on Dec. 8 against the Browns.
Harbaugh Brothers Share Info About Steelers
The Ravens would benefit from a San Francisco victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Joe Staley Could Sit Against Steelers
The 49ers could be without left tackle Joe Staley for Monday night's game against the Steelers.
NFL Denies James Harrison's Appeal
James Harrison will sit out Monday night's game against San Francisco.
Roethlisberger Says Ankle Is Feeling Better
Ben Roethlisberger sat out his third practice in a row on Thursday.
James Harrison Appealing Suspension
Steelers linebacker James Harrison is appealing his one-game suspension, with no decision expected until Thursday at the earliest.
Roethlisberger Skips Practice Again
Ben Roethlisberger's sprained ankle remained in a walking boot on Wednesday.
James Harrison Suspended One Game
The NFL has suspended Steelers linebacker James Harrison one game without pay for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.
NFLPA Visits Browns To Probe Staffs
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sent representatives to Cleveland on Monday to gather more information about to the treatment of quarterback Colt McCoy.
Harrison Doesn't Expect Fine For Hit On McCoy
The NFL is considering a one- or two-game ban for James Harrison, and at least will hit him with a hefty fine, according to a league source.
NFL Mulls Ban For James Harrison
James Harrison would be the first player suspended under the NFL's enhanced enforcement on player safety violations.
MRI Reveals High Ankle Sprain For Roethlisberger
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gritted his way through an ankle injury to lead his team to a 14-3 win over the Browns.
Roethlisberger: Leg Was 'One Of The Most Painful Things I Ever Felt'
Ben Roethlisberger left Thursday's game with a left leg injury, but returned.
McCoy Can't Recall Harrison's Hit
Colt McCoy remained out for two plays and the came back in the game, eventually throwing a deciding interception.
Saints, Patriots, Texans And Steelers Can Clinch In Week 14
The Packers and 49ers clinched playoff berths this past weekend and four teams can join them in Week 14.
Polamalu Won't Change Playing Style
Troy Polamalu fears one day he will take a blow to the head that will result in serious long-term negative effects on his brain.