Starting inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is doubtful for Thursday\’s preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers with a sprained ankle suffered Saturday against the Bills. Keyaron Fox will likely start in his place. Running back Willie Parker (hamstring), kicker Jeff Reed (ankle) and defensive end Nick Eason (calf) will all likely be able to play on Thursday as well. Fullback Frank Summers (hamstring) will practice today with hopes of also playing.
The new contract fror defensive end Brett Keisel is worth $18.885 million and includes a $5M signing bonus. This really is good value and a good job by the Steelers front office in keeping him.
The IRS has accused Steelers Hall of Famer cornerback Mel Blount of owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back income tax. Blount is accused of owing $631,101.25 in federal income tax between 1994 and 2006. If Blount had a PayPal address, I bet he would get a few “GIFTS” from Steeler Nation.
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Teresa Varley has an article on rookie free agent running back Isaac Redman and his quest to play better on special teams. As I mentioned yesterday, it looks like Redman will indeed be headed for the practice squad.
Tight end/fullback Sean McHugh could very well be placed on injured reserve later this week if his knee is not progressing well after surgery. Rookie David Johnson has likely taken his roster spot, so it would be a sensible move to let him sit out the season.
In case you missed the Vikings Texans game last night, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre through an illegal crack back block on Eugene Wilson. At least Hines Ward blocks above the waist, yet is still called dirty. If Favre is not fined for this block, it will be a travesty. He should have to sit a game. If Ward threw a block like this, Steeler Haters would be calling for a three game suspension. You be the judge, the video of the Favre block is below.