The misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession hearing for Steelers starting wide receiver Santonio Holmes has been postponed until Feb. 26. Holmes was initially scheduled to appear in court on today. He was cited near the Mellon Arena following a stop on Oct. 23rd in which police found three marijuana-filled cigars in his vehicle. The officers detected the smell of marijuana and Holmes confessed he had been smoking the day before.
Paul Ernster is out as the Steelers punter and once again Mitch Berger has been signed to resume the punting duties. Berger is reportedly recovered from his hamstring injury. Ernster averaged just 28.4 yards per punt on five kicks on Thursday night versus the Bengals. The roster move was announced today.
Should the Cleveland Browns not make the playoffs and both head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Phil Savage are fired, Pro Football Talk is reporting that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher might be the next coach in Cleveland. The Browns are rumored to be willing to give Cowher a contract worth $8 million to $9 million per year and final say over personnel.
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The Steelers have signed wide receiver Dallas Baker back to the practice squad after he cleared waivers. Baker was released last Saturday when cornerback Roy Lewis was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad.
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The Steelers held their second practice for the short week versus the Bengals on Wednesday. CB Bryant McFadden (forearm), T Marvel Smith (back) and CB Deshea Townsend (hamstring) are all listed as out this week with McFadden being the only one to work on a linited basis on Wednesday. TE Matt Spaeth (wrist) was again limited on Wednesday and is officially listed as questionable on the injury report. On a positive note, TE Heath Miller is not on the injury report and practiced fully on Wednesday.
The Steelers held an afternoon practice on Tuesday for the Thursday night game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. T Marvel Smith (back) and CB Deshea Townsend (hamstring) both sat out practice as expected and have already been ruled out this week. CB Bryant McFadden (forearm) has also been ruled out according to head coach Mike Tomlin, but did fully participate in the Tuesday session. TE Matt Spaeth (wrist) was limited in participation on Tuesday with a wrist injury.
QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB)
CB Bryant McFadden
CB Deshea Townsend
LB Bruce Davis
T Tony Hills
T Marvel Smith
TE Heath Miller
DE Orpheus Roye
QB Charlie Whitehurst (3rd QB)
CB Cletis Gordon
DB Steve Gregory
CB DeJuan Tibble
G Kynan Forney
WR Craig Davis
FB Kris Wilson
DT Ian Scott
On Saturday the Steelers made a surprising roster move. Not surprising was the promotion of rookie cornerback Roy Lewis to their active roster. The Steelers injured secondary made the move necessary. Surprisingly though, to make room on the roster, wide receiver Dallas Baker was released. This might signal the Steelers being more comfortable with rookie wide receiver Limas Sweed as the number four receiver going forward.
The Steelers worked again on practice Thursday without the services of CB Bryant McFadden (forearm), TE Heath Miller (ankle), T Marvel Smith (back) and CB Deshea Townsend (hamstring). Smith is likely now to be listed as out on Friday on the official injury report. RB Gary Russell (quadricep) was limited on Thursday after suffering a quadricep injury. LB LaMarr Woodley (calf) was able to practice fully on Thursday. WR Hines Ward, QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Willie Parker all practiced fully on Thursday.
The Steelers started official practice preparations on Wednesday for the Sunday game versus the San Diego Chargers. CB Bryant McFadden (forearm), TE Heath Miller (ankle), T Marvel Smith (back), CB Deshea Townsend (hamstring), WR Hines Ward (not injury related) and LB LaMarr Woodley (calf) all did not participate in practice today. QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Willie Parker practiced fully with the team. Smith, Ward and Woodley are all expected to give it a go on Thursday. McFadden, Miller and Townsend are all expected to be out this week with injuries.
The Steelers re-signed linebacker Donovan Woods back to the practice squad on Wednesday after he cleared waivers. Woods has bounced up and down most of the season between the active roster and the practice squad.
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