October 2011 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap
Polamalu's End-Of-Game Slap Against Rules
Troy Polamalu's slapping of the ball into the end zone at the end of the team's victory over New England on Sunday was against an NFL rule. The league rule states that you may not bat or punch a loose ball in the field of play toward the opponent's goal line; a loose ball that has touched the ground in any direction, if it is in either end zone; or a backward pass in flight, which can't be batted forward by an offensive player. Polamalu slid after Tom Brady's fumble in the final moments of the game and slapped it into the end zone. The ball slid through the end zone for a safety, making the final score 25-17 for the Steelers.
Steelers Lose Another Linebacker To Injury
LaMarr Woodley was sidelined against the Patriots with a left hamstring injury that will likely force him to miss next week's rematch with the Ravens. Woodley was injured late during the third quarter when he pulled up while pass rushing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Fellow linebacker James Farrior was also inactive and could be out until December with a torn hamstring. James Harrison and Jason Worilds also missed the game.
Cowher Says He'll Return To CBS In 2012
Former Steelers coach and current CBS analyst Bill Cowher says he'll return to the network in 2012. Cowher said on Sunday's pregame show that he has not been approached by anyone for a coaching position. He had been linked to the winless Dolphins in reports. Cowher says he has "not been contacted directly or indirectly by any football team or any organization" and wants to put "all the speculation to rest."
Hines Ward Ruled Out With Sprained Ankle
Hines Ward has been downgraded from questionable to out for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Ward was carted off the field during the third quarter of last Sunday's 32-20 victory at Arizona with a sprained ankle.
Troy Polamalu Fined For Phone Call
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has been fined $10,000 for talking on a cell phone while in the bench area. Possession of cell phones in the bench area during a game is prohibited beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu was calling his wife to assure her he wasn't seriously injured. He sustained what the team called a "very mild" concussion and was removed from the game as a precaution.
Roethilsberger: 'Marquee' QBs Get More Penalty Calls
Ben Roethlisberger said he believes certain "marquee" quarterbacks get more penalty calls from officials than others. In an interview with Jim Rome, Roethlisberger said the officials "know who are the marquee guys and they want to protect them ... "I think in part because the league doesn't want certain games to be played without certain quarterbacks," Roethlisberger said. "No offense to the other Patriots, but who's gong to watch the Patriots without Tom Brady and the Saints without Drew Brees. That's the way it is. They want to protect those guys because they are the marquee guys of this league, and you don't want them to get hurt."
Polamalu Passes Concussion Test
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is expected to face the Cardinals this Sunday. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu is "good to go" after passing a concussion test. The team removed the veteran from the game midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's 17-13 win over the Jaguars because of concussion-like symptoms. Tomlin believes Polamalu was injured while diving at Jones-Drew's legs on a third-and-1 play. Polamalu stuffed Jones-Drew no gain, forcing the Jaguars to punt.
Mendenhall To Start Against Jags
Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall will start on Sunday against the Jaguars after missing a game due to a hamstring injury. Mendenhall was a full participant in practice for Pittsburgh Wednesday and Thursday.
Steelers Likely To Be Without Mendenhall
Barring a late change, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is out for Sunday's game against the Titans. Mendenhall is dealing with a hamstring injury. Isaac Redman will get his first NFL start at running back for the Steelers. He has averaged 4.9 yards on 22 carries this season.
Steelers Won't Have Smith, Hampton
The Steelers have ruled out six players for Sunday's game against the Titans. Pittsburgh will be without Aaron Smith (foot), defensive tackle Casey Hampton (shoulder), linebacker James Harrison (eye), linebacker Jason Worilds (quad), guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee) and halfback Mewelde Moore (ankle).
Hines Ward: Offense Must 'Step Up And Carry This Team'
The Steelers defense has come under fire and wide receiver Hines Ward says it is time for the offense to step up.
Roethlisberger Likely To Play Sunday
Ben Roethlisberger practiced on Thursday and is in line to start on Sunday against the Titans.
Steelers Sign Lineman Max Starks
Max Starks is a familiar face, having spent his entire career there from 2004 to 2010.
James Harrison Has Broken Facial Bone
James Harrison will undergo a surgical procedure for a broken orbital bone around his right eye on Wednesday.
Roethlisberger Has Sprained Foot
An X-ray on Sunday had indicated a possible fracture but the test was inconclusive because of swelling in the foot.
Roethlisberger Leaves Stadium In Boot
Ben Roethlisberger injured his foot against the Texans and left Reliant Stadium in a walking boot.
Source: Roethlisberger Missed Practice For Lawsuit
Ben Roethlisberger has refused to settle his case of rape accusation because he doesn't believe he did anything wrong.