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11-09-2011, 03:26 PM
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Wednesday news and notes

Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 for his penalized hit on Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson last Sunday and he and his teammates aren't happy about it.

This is the second week in a row Clark has been fined. He got hit with a $15,000 fine for hitting New England tight end Rob Gronkowski out of bounds two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Baltimore's Ray Lewis was fined $20,000 for his unpenalized helmet-to-helmet hit on Hines Ward that knocked Ward out of the game.

And therein lies part of my problem with the way the NFL levies its fines.

If a player draws a penalty for what it deemed and illegal hit, hasn't he already paid - and by extension, his team - for the incident?

How can an incident that drew a flag also draw a larger fine for a hit that wasn't flagged and also knocked a player out of a game?

Some will say it is because Clark is a repeat offender, and there is some truth to that. But Lewis has also been fined for illegal hits in the past.

No word yet on whether Pittsburgh's James Harrison was also fined for a hit in the third quarter on Baltimore's Ray Rice. ESPN has speculated that Harrison will also be fined for hitting Rice in the helmet after he was tackled.

But Harrison wasn't in the locker room prior to practice.

Ben Roethlisberger talked about the final sequence of plays at the end of the game against the Ravens today. Here's what he had to say:

Q: Ben, in retrospect, would you just rather have run the ball three times at the end?

Unfortunately, the plays were there. It was either a miscommunication where one guy saw something and the other guy say something else. The plays were there. You can look at it now and say, ‘If we would have done this, this would have happened.’ You can do that in every sport after every game. We’ll go and we’ll stay aggressive because that’s the kind of offense we are.

Q: Re: The miscommunications?

I think it’s always going to happen. I guarantee that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and those guys that you say are the best offenses, have had miscommunications. You have to limit them. You can’t have them in key situations like that with guys that you expect to make the plays. If you have one a game, you have one a game, but we have to limit them and not have them in key situations.

Q: You and Mewelde Moore have completed a lot of passes over the years.

He’s running a flat route and he’s got the option to turn it up late. He felt he had the linebacker on him, which he did, he could beat him turning it up the field. He’s supposed to wait a second to see if I wait half a second to turn it up. He was excited about turning it up because he had the backer trailing him. I was trying to get it to him in the flat to get the first down. That’s one of those things that it’s the first time it ever happened and it probably won’t ever happen again

Link (http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/)

11-09-2011, 03:39 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT) linebacker LaMarr Woodley (http://www.nfl.com/players/lamarrwoodley/profile?id=WOO324724) is pushing to play this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2011111303/2011/REG10/steelers@bengals), team sources said Tuesday.

Woodley was expected to miss two weeks (http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d823ade24) after he sustained a hamstring injury in an Oct. 30 game against the New England Patriots (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) and then came back after the Steelers' Week 11 bye. Given the tests done on the injury, however, Woodley already is lobbying to play, and he will if it's in anyway possible.

The Steelers didn't believe it was possible during the middle of last week that linebacker James Harrison would be able to face the Baltimore Ravens (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2011110612/2011/REG9/ravens@steelers). Harrison eventually was cleared to play, however, and had three sacks. Similarly, the Steelers are keeping an open mind regarding Woodley, who was on a sack tear before the injury.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Woodley's participation in practice this week would dictate his availability for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Tomlin also said Harrison had no physical issues following last Sunday's loss.
Tomlin said wide receiver Hines Ward (http://www.nfl.com/players/hinesward/profile?id=WAR179227) is "doing well" as he deals with concussion-like symptoms.

Emmanuel Sanders (http://www.nfl.com/players/emmanuelsanders/profile?id=SAN295989) had his knee scoped Monday, and Tomlin said the receiver will miss two weeks while he recovers. Punter Daniel Sepulveda (http://www.nfl.com/players/danielsepulveda/profile?id=SEP474618) -- placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday -- also underwent knee surgery Monday, Tomlin said.
The 6-3 Steelers face a crucial game against the 6-2 Bengals, and a loss already would be their third in the AFC North.

11-09-2011, 06:45 PM
Good Riddance D-Sep, i luv the guy but he is worthless if he can't stay healthy!

11-10-2011, 07:50 AM
If Woodley can even go at 75% I would take it. We have the bye the following week so that should help...

11-10-2011, 09:32 AM
I'm up in the air about Wood. If he is 75%, he is better than Worlids will ever be. But if he re-injures that hammy...oh boy.

Richmond Rukus
11-10-2011, 10:20 AM
I'm up in the air about Wood. If he is 75%, he is better than Worlids will ever be. But if he re-injures that hammy...oh boy.

Exactly. If he's at 75% I would like to see them dress him for emergency purposes, but err on the side of caution. No reason to rush him back if we don't have to. Hamstring can be a lingering issue and with the bye coming up he could be 100% after the bye with no lingering effects.