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Scorp
11-28-2010, 10:47 PM
During the game in Buffalo, the Steelers’ depth at defensive line and cornerback was tested by injuries to Nick Eason and Bryant McFadden.

Eason sprained his MCL, and McFadden injured a hamstring. Neither on was able to return to the game, and Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t have a prognosis on either player in the postgame. When players sustain injuries of that nature and are unable to continue, it’s rare for them to be able to come back and play the following week.

Also, Ben Roethlisberger sprained his right foot at some point late in the first half, but he was able to finish out the game. With the injury, Roethlisberger was able to scramble for 18 yards to convert a third-and-16.

Early in the week, Tomlin had some doubts about Antonio Brown’s potential availability, but he seemed to be confident about Brett Keisel’s.

Brown had some swelling in his knee, and after he was unable to practice either Wednesday or Thursday, he was declared out of the game on Friday. Keisel practiced throughout the week, but then he was added to the injury report on Friday and listed as questionable with a calf injury.

Matt Spaeth missed Wednesday’s practice with a concussion, and then after taking part on Thursday he was back on the sideline on Friday and was listed as doubtful for the game.

Brown, Keisel and Spaeth all were inactive, along with Jonathan Dwyer, Crezdon Butler, Chris Scott and Aaron Smith.

Scorp
11-29-2010, 10:29 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to undergo tests on his right foot, injured in the Steelers' 19-16 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger remained in the game, playing through what coach Mike Tomlin labeled a foot sprain after the win.

"My foot was in the ground and someone was driving me backwards and my foot couldn't get out of the ground, so my knee just got bent sideways," Roethlisberger told reporters Sunday.

The Steelers' victory also cost them defensive end Nick Eason, who was lost to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. His return is uncertain.

Roethlisberger was 20-for-33 passing for 246 yards against Buffalo.

The Steelers (8-3) face the Baltimore Ravens (8-3) this Sunday for sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

jnes1216
11-29-2010, 10:39 AM
The Steelers' victory also cost them defensive end Nick Eason, who was lost to a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. His return is uncertain.


Good thing Keisel should be back. We all know Ben won't miss this one.

BlitzburghRockCity
11-29-2010, 12:45 PM
No way Ben misses this one, everybody is going to want to be on the field for this one. With so much on the line I would think the only person that will miss this game will be Smith.

steelersbabex25
11-29-2010, 02:34 PM
No way Ben misses this one, everybody is going to want to be on the field for this one. With so much on the line I would think the only person that will miss this game will be Smith.

:yesnod: If he could stay in and play the rest of the Bills game then it can't be anything too serious. He would have to be knocked unconscious to keep him out of this game.

LatrobePA
11-29-2010, 02:36 PM
If Brett Favre can play with 2 broken bones in his ankle, Ben will play with a sprain!

Rampage
11-29-2010, 03:01 PM
He'll be good to go. Put some tape on it and take a salt tablet.

Troyisabeast_43
11-29-2010, 04:10 PM
This game against the Ravens this Sunday I believe was the main reason that the Steelers sat Brett Keisel out another week so that he is completely beyond a shadow of a doubt ready to go this weekend against Baltimore which I believe he will be...

Clevelandsux
11-29-2010, 04:28 PM
Can't be that bad. Why did they have him punt?

BlitzburghRockCity
11-29-2010, 04:52 PM
Sirius reported today Ben may miss some practice time this week but he will play on Sunday night.

LatrobePA
11-29-2010, 06:52 PM
He don't need practice to beat the Ravens, he needs an offensive line!!

Root4Stlrs
11-29-2010, 06:56 PM
He don't need practice to beat the Ravens, he needs an offensive line!!

:plus1:

steelersbabex25
11-29-2010, 06:56 PM
He don't need practice to beat the Ravens, he needs an offensive line!!

An offensive coordinator wouldn't hurt either.

LatrobePA
11-29-2010, 06:59 PM
An offensive coordinator wouldn't hurt either.

Now your pushing it! 1 step at a time Babe! lol

steelersbabex25
11-29-2010, 07:05 PM
Now your pushing it! 1 step at a time Babe! lol

:hidechair:

Black@Gold Forever32
11-30-2010, 02:16 AM
Hell Ben didn't practice most of the 2008 season after week 1 after damaging his shoulder in the opener against the Texans......Ben was magical most of that season in big moments late in games..........I'm not worried about #7 playing.........He will play and I bet he has one of his best games of the year........

His WR's must help him out and not have the drops like they did against the Bills....My boy Sanders had a huge drop that would have gotten the Steelers a first down at least and probably a TD that would have prevented OT............He is a rook so I let him off the hook but help your QB out and make the play......

coldrolled
11-30-2010, 08:12 AM
His WR's must help him out and not have the drops like they did against the Bills....My boy Sanders had a huge drop that would have gotten the Steelers a first down at least and probably a TD ...

there would have been a holding call if he caught it...

BlitzburghRockCity
11-30-2010, 10:11 AM
Troy didn't practice at all last week and had arguably his best game since early this season. The veterans don't need a week's worth of practice to be effective. Now Ben is a QB that does need to have normal practices to stay sharp, 2 years ago when he was in and out of the lineup most of the year, he struggled at various times. However missing a week here and there of practice, no big deal. I would imagine he'd be out there in a wheel chair if he had too.

Root4Stlrs
11-30-2010, 11:31 AM
there would have been a holding call if he caught it...

:clap:

DIESELMAN
11-30-2010, 12:59 PM
The needle is your friend Ben

BlitzburghRockCity
11-30-2010, 01:01 PM
Tomlin said today in his presser that he is optimistic that everyone will be ready to go this Sunday in Baltimore with the exception of course of Smith, and also BMac. He said he is more hopeful than confident in McFadden but they'll see how it goes this week.

igor0190
11-30-2010, 03:47 PM
Tomlin said, BOTH Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders could dress against the Ravens. Keisel, Eason, Mcfadden, A. Brown all expected to play Sunday!

"Defensive ends Brett Keisel (calf) and Nick Eason (knee) and starting cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) all are on track to play Sunday, Tomlin said.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) also is expected back after missing last Sunday's game, and Tomlin said both he and fellow rookie Emmanuel Sanders could dress against the Ravens."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_711576.html

Zachintosh66
11-30-2010, 04:11 PM
Dont hold your breath on McFaddy

BlitzburghRockCity
11-30-2010, 05:25 PM
Yeah those hamstrings are real tricky so I'm not holding my breath on him either. He'll probably sit out most of this week and get daily treatment so we'll have to see how it goes. The fact that it will be a night game and cold out won't help matters any either.

Goodfrom55
11-30-2010, 05:30 PM
If Brown and Sanders dress, that would be advantage Steelers, especially in the punt return game.

B-Mac can take his time coming back; he is too soft in coverage.

Scorp
11-30-2010, 06:41 PM
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is wearing a protective boot on his sprained right foot but is expected to play Sunday when Pittsburgh and Baltimore face off for first place in the AFC North.

Roethlisberger re-injured the foot during a 19-16 overtime victory in Buffalo last Sunday. He did not leave the game and had an 18-yard run while scrambling after getting hurt.

Roethlisberger may not practice Wednesday, but coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic the quarterback will play despite some pain and discomfort.

"He might be limited somewhat," Tomlin said Tuesday of Roethlisberger's practice status. "I'm going to be optimistic and hopeful that he'll be a full participant, but there's a chance he couldn't be."

Tomlin said Roethlisberger was not close to coming out of the Buffalo game.

"He was absent from our sideline at the very end of the first half and maybe was late coming back from halftime, but that was simply because we were taking a picture of his foot," Tomlin said. "I was pretty comfortable that he was going to compete and continue throughout the game."

Roethlisberger has missed two of the Steelers' last three games against the Ravens. He had a concussion when the teams played in Baltimore last season, and he sat out the Ravens' 17-14 win in Pittsburgh on Oct. 3 while completing his four-game suspension.

Baltimore and Pittsburgh both have 8-3 records, and the winner will own the division lead with four games remaining.

Steelers defensive end Nick Eason has a sprained left medial collateral ligament he hurt against Buffalo but hasn't been ruled out, although such injuries normally take multiple weeks to heal. Cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) also hasn't been ruled out. Safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles' tendon) might not practice, but is expected to play. He also was held out of most on-field work before the Buffalo game.

Defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring, calf), who has played only a few snaps in six weeks, is expected to practice. He planned to play last week, only to have the injury flare up the day before the game.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) is likely to play after sitting out against Buffalo. Tight end Matt Spaeth (concussion) will be evaluated Wednesday.

If Roethlisberger has an unexpected setback and can't play, Tomlin said, Byron Leftwich will replace him. Leftwich hasn't played this season.

Scorp
11-30-2010, 06:44 PM
Troy Polamalu's strained right Achilles' tendon isn't allowing him to practice most weeks. The Steelers don't want to take the chance that one of the NFL's most valuable defensive players will aggravate the injury and won't be able to play.

The rest of the NFL must be wondering what the five-time Pro Bowl safety could possibly do better if he were fully healthy.

Despite his sore foot, Polamalu made a rally-stopping interception late in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 19-16 overtime decision Sunday in Buffalo. He also made a fumble recovery, another play that illustrated how his alertness and ability to decipher plays might be unmatched in the league.

In his last two games, Polamalu has accounted for three turnovers by himself.

"He's all over the place," Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "I think he's one of the best defenders in the league for a reason. He just flies around and he has a great football sense in terms of reading plays, relying on his instincts and reacting to what he sees."

He's also doing it with almost no practice. No wonder Polamalu's No. 43 is the third most popular in jersey sales among all NFL players, trailing only quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Drew Brees. He's No. 1 among defensive players.

"We simply want to take every precaution possible to keep this man up and running," coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. "It's obvious he's playing really good football for us and we want that to continue. There's a fine line in terms of that, when you talk about limiting someone's (practice) participation, but he is a veteran football player and a good one. We're going to do the best we can to get him to the stadium in one piece."

With the Steelers (8-3) headed to Baltimore (8-3) on Sunday to play for the AFC North lead, they're being reminded weekly how badly they missed Polamalu when two left knee injuries limited him to three full games last season. He missed their final seven games, a stretch that included most of their season-wrecking five-game losing streak.

Polamalu, who has four interceptions this season, recently said he wasn't sure how he was playing, but that he expected to make more plays. The Steelers use him in so many roles other than pass defender -- he's a key player in their run defense, and in their pass rush -- that mere numbers sometimes don't accurately quantify his play.

"I can't tell you too many games that I walked away from satisfied with my performance," Polamalu said. "In my mind, there's more plays out there that I should make."

With his million-dollar hair billowing out of his helmet -- yes, it is insured for that amount by the shampoo he endorses -- Polamalu's ability to run down receivers and running backs from one sideline to the other might be rivaled only by Ravens safety Ed Reed.

"I'm biased, so I'm probably not the person to ask, but I think he's playing great," Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. "He's hard on himself, as most competitors are and most great players are. That's why we love him, and that's just what makes him great. He's going to want to make every play for us and we need him to make a lot of big plays. We put him one-on-one with tight ends, we put him one-on-one with receivers. We don't care."

Despite the Steelers' record, this also hasn't been a truly satisfying season for Polamalu -- although he hasn't missed any games with injuries -- partly because of the way NFL games are being officiated.

He was outspoken in his opposition to the league's decision to tightly patrol big hits that can cause concussions and top players to be sidelined. Despite having at least seven concussions during his career, Polamalu said big hits are as much a part of football as diving catches and 50-yard runs.

Polamalu also said former and current players should be consulted when the league determines fines, although he didn't explain how a Raider, for example, could pass judgment on how much Steelers linebacker James Harrison should be fined for a roughing the passer penalty.

Polamalu himself has not been fined, but he wants to be able to play the game he grew up playing. And the game he's playing now, despite being injured for a second successive season.

"I don't think you can make every type of hit obsolete, from horse-collar tackling to whatever kind of tackling there is," he said. "You're taking away what attracts people to this game."