August 2011 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap
Steelers GM Denies Pryor 'Wonderlic' Report
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a higher Wonderlic score than the seven that was reported earlier Wednesday, according to Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, who administered the tests. According to Colbert, Pryor took two tests on back-to-back days in preparation for the supplemental draft. League sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that Pryor answered 48 out of 50 questions on his first test, but only seven of his answers were correct.
Colbert Quietly Becomes First GM In Steelers' History
The Steelers have quietly promoted Kevin Colbert to general manager, making him the first person to hold that title in franchise history. Colbert held the title of director of football operations since he was hired in 2000. The team has had three presidents -- Art Rooney Sr., Dan Rooney and now Art Rooney II -- but never a general manager.
Leftwich Breaks Arm, Season Over
Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich broke his left arm in Pittsburgh's preseason victory over Atlanta on Saturday. According to reports, the injury will likely end Leftwich's season. Leftwich was slated to be the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Ben Roethlisberger this season.
Ray Edwards Ready For Falcons Debut
The Falcons will move closer to their elusive goal of putting their first-string defensive line together when defensive end Ray Edwards makes his preseason debut on Saturday night at Pittsburgh. "I'm ready to go," he said after Thursday's practice, according to an ESPN.com report.
Source: Polamalu, Wallace Will Have To Wait For Contracts
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Mike Wallace are entering the final years of their contracts, but they may have to wait to get new deals from the team. According to a league source, Pittsburgh won't give Polamalu and Wallace new contracts this year. The Steelers gave linebackers Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley new contracts this month.
Steelers Sign Timmons To Five-Year, $50M Extension
The Steelers have signed linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a five-year, $50 million contract extension, according to a source. Earlier this offseason, Pittsburgh signed fellow linebacker LaMarr Woodley to a six-year, $61.5 million deal. Timmons, a five-year veteran, had three sacks and two interceptions last season.
Steelers Cut Limas Sweed
The Steelers have severed ties with wide receiver Limas Sweed. Pittsburgh signed defensive backs Kevin Dockery and Macho Harris on Wednesday and placed Sweed on the waived/injured list and waived tight end Eugene Bright to make room. Sweed, a second-round pick in the 2008, struggled during his three seasons in Pittsburgh. He has just seven receptions in his career.
Ward Aims To Hit 1,000 Catches In 2011
Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has already accomplished quite a bit in his career, but he has another goal on his mind. Ward has his eye on becoming the eighth player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches. He has 954 receptions. He needs 46, and he has caught more passes than that in every season except 1998, when he caught 15 as a rookie. "That would be awesome to get 1,000 catches and do it all for one organization," Ward said. "It wasn't like I'm in a prolific passing offense, it's not like I'm playing in a dome. I think it's just a milestone of consistency I've had my whole career and just being there. That would be huge."
Ike Taylor Undergoes Surgery
Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair his broken left thumb. Taylor injured the thumb in the first quarter of Pittsburgh's 16-7 loss to Washington in the preseason opener last Friday. He had a pin inserted into the hand during Tuesday's procedure, but felt well enough to join his teammates for lunch. Taylor anticipates returning before the Steelers open the regular season at Baltimore on Sept. 11.
Tomlin Unhappy With Pittsburgh's Uninspired Play
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin isn't happy with how his team played in their first preseason game on Friday night. Pittsburgh struggled on both sides of the ball in a 16-7 loss to Washington. "Quite frankly we got outplayed in just about all areas -- blocking, tackling, running, throwing, kicking," Tomlin said. "That team was better prepared tonight than us. They showed it."
Ike Taylor Breaks Thumb In Loss
The Steelers could be without Ike Taylor for "a couple of weeks or so."
Steelers Add Jerricho Cotchery
The Steelers have agreed to a one-year deal with former Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery.
Hines Ward Back In Action
Steelers receiver Hines Ward has been cleared by doctors to return to training after his off-season operation.
Steelers Put Contract Extensions On Hold
Pittsburgh wants to pursue some free agents before giving some of their veterans contract extensions.
Steelers Have Roles In New 'Batman' Film
Ben Roethlisberger and about 12 teammates took part in filming for "The Dark Knight Rises" on Saturday at Heinz Field.
Cotchery Will Visit With Steelers
The Ravens are one of four teams seriously interested in the former Jets wide receiver.
Steelers Focused On Polamalu Contract
Troy Polamalu will become a free agent after the 2011 season if the Steelers don't give him a long-term deal.
Steelers Voted 78-6 Against New CBA
Many of the Steelers didn't know exactly what they were agreeing to when looking at the new collective bargaining agreement.
Steelers, Woodley Reach $61.5M Deal
Pittsburgh has rewarded linebacker LaMarr Woodley with a six-year, $61.5 million contract.
Roethiisberger's Case Won't Move From Reno
The civil sexual assault case against Steelers QB Ben Roethilsberger will be held in Reno under a ruling issued by the Nevada Supreme Court.
Roethlisberger Agrees To Restructure Contract
Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to restructure his contract to help the Steelers get under the salary cap by Thursday.