Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 11:27 am
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel told the media following the teams' 38-7 win against the Buffalo Bills Saturday night that the ankle injury that he suffered in the game is not a problem and that he expects to be ready for the season opener against Denver.
Keisel left the field in the first half and went to the locker room to be evaluated and did not return to the game. Head coach Mike Tomlin said during his post game press conference that the defensive end suffered a mild high ankle sprain and that they held him out as a precaution.
The injury to Keisel took place a short time Read more [...]
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 10:07 am
Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Max Starks passed the first test Saturday night in the 38-7 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills by making it through the first half with his surgically repaired right knee on the bothersome field turf of Ralph Wilson Stadium. The second test, you ask? Make it through Sunday without his knee swelling.
Starks, who last played a down in the Steelers loss in the AFC Wild Card game last January, was asked how his knee was feeling following the game.
"Excellent, I feel excellent. No pain," Starks jokingly quipped.
"I felt really good out there," the tackle added Read more [...]
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 8:36 am
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau made it clear this past offseason that his defense must do a better job at forcing turnovers this year, and thus far through three preseason games they have not let him down.
Saturday night in the Steelers 38-7 win over the Buffalo Bills the LeBeau led defense recorded three takeaways in the form of two interceptions and fumble recovery, and all three led to touchdowns.
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons kick started the turnovers by stripping Bills running back C.J. Spiller of the football with 10:33 left in the first half. Ziggy Hood fell on the Read more [...]
Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 7:17 am
While the official word on the right knee injury suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers rookie right guard David DeCastro Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills is not yet known, it would be anything short of a miracle if he is not lost for season. The early rumors are that the Steelers first round draft pick tore both the ACL and the MCL in his knee after it got caught underneath him while pass blocking on the Steelers second possession.
With DeCastro now likely out for the year, the Steelers will once again turn to Ramon Foster to fill the void. Foster, who signed a one-year restricted free agent Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 11:11 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown overcame two early drops on his way to catching 7 balls for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Steelers rolled past the Buffalo Bills 38-7 Saturday night in their third preseason game of the 2012 season.
The win did not come without a cost, however, as the Steelers might have now lost rookie right guard David DeCastro for the season with what head coach Mike Tomlin called a potentially severe right knee injury after the game. DeCastro injured the knee on the Steelers second offensive possession deep in their own end.
The Steelers first round Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media Saturday night following the 38-7 win over the Buffalo Bills in the third game of the preseason and announced that the right knee injury suffered by rookie right guard David DeCastro is potentially severe and that the first round draft pick will have an MRI done when the team gets back to Pittsburgh to see what it says.
Tomlin also said that defense end Brett Keisel suffered a mild high ankle sprain and that they held him out as a precaution. Tomlin made it sound like Keisel should be ready to go for the opener at Denver.
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Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 9:47 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in his post game press conference following the teams' 38-7 preseason win against the Buffalo Bills that rookie right guard David DeCastro suffered a potentially severe right knee injury and that he is scheduled to have an MRI when the team gets back to Pittsburgh. DeCastro reportedly left the Steelers locker room on crutches with a brace on his injured right knee per Ken Laird.
DeCastro injured the knee on the Steelers second drive and laid on the field in obvious pain. He was carted off to locker room for further examination.
The Stanford Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 5:42 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Buffalo Bills tonight in their third preseason game of the 2012 season at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo and you can watch the game live on via the NFL Preseason Live Package. Teams are not required to turn in a full official inactive list during the preseason, but below is the list of players that are being reported as not playing tonight because of injuries.
We will update this list with any late names that might be added prior to kickoff.
OLB James Harrison (knee) - PUP
OLB Jason Worilds (wrist) - PUP
NT Casey Hampton (knee/elbow)
RB Rashard Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 5:28 pm
If you live outside of the local television market, you can still watch the Pittsburgh Steelers third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills tonight by subscribing to the NFL Preseason Live package.
The regular price right now to watch the final two preseason games streaming live is $14.99, but you can use the promo discount code STEELERS33 to save 33% off of that price.
Ordering now allows you to not only watch the game against the Bills tonight and the Carolina Panthers game next week live, but also every preseason game that has been played. That means that you can re-watch the Steelers Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers have until 4 p.m. ET Monday, Aug. 27 to trim their roster down to 75 players and that means that tonight in Buffalo against the Buffalo Bills it will be the last time that 15 players currently on the 90 man roster get to wear a Steelers jersey.
The Steelers will likely begin the process of releasing some players on Sunday as the fate of several of them have already been easily decided. Based on our weekly participation reports from the first two preseason games, it is not too hard to deduct who several of these players might be, so I have included a list below of 20 players Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 4:21 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Buffalo Bills tonight at Ralph Wilson Stadium and below are 5 key matchups to watch in the Steelers third preseason game of the 2012 season.
Marcus Gilbert Versus Mario Williams - It appears that Mario Williams has been playing on the left side since arriving in Buffalo and not on the right as I originally thought. That means that Marcus Gilbert will the draw the straw of defending the former first overall draft pick. Last week Gilbert started at left tackle to show his position flexibility and now with Max Starks ready to start at left tackle, Gilbert will Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 3:35 pm
This is a quick piece about the competition for the Pittsburgh Steelers third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. I will focus on the Bills and their ties to the Steelers. For an in depth Steelers centric perspective, please reference the many articles Dave has posted leading up to the game.
Who: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills
What: Week 3 Preseason Game
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium
When: 7:00 EST Sunday August 25th, 2012
How: Local Broadcasting
Buffalo Bills Notes:
The Bills have had difficulties with personnel during camp. They released Shawne Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 2:08 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Buffalo Bills Sunday night in their third preseason game of the 2012 season and below is a pregame look at the Steelers injury report heading into the game
FB David Johnson (knee) - Johnson tore up his knee during the first drive two weeks ago and is done for the season. He has had surgery done and is on the Steelers injured reserve list for the season.
OLB James Harrison (knee) - Harrison remains on the PUP list and is still recovering from his left knee procedure over a week ago. Harrison has said he is hopeful to Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 1:07 pm
By Jeremy Hritz
Back on May 10th, I addressed the issue of the Pittsburgh Steelers kicking situation, and I proposed that the Steelers should take a chance on kicker Grant Ressel, who was signed as an undrafted free agent from the University of Missouri. Ressel boasted impressive numbers from his collegiate career, and while Shaun Suisham had been serviceable during his time with the Steelers, he hadn’t necessarily been reliable, or automatic.
In 2002, the Steelers took a chance on the eccentric Jeff Reed, and it ultimately worked out well for the team for several years. While Reed is long gone, Read more [...]
Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at 9:05 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Buffalo Bills in their third preseason game Saturday night in Buffalo and the third game is usually used as a dress rehearsal prior to the start of the regular season. There are still a few roster spots left to be claimed and several other things to pay attention to throughout the night.
As we do every week, here is a list of 10 things to watch for in the game as the Steelers look to advance their preseason record to 2-1 on the road.
Maxing Out Left Tackle - Against the Bills we will finally get so see Max Starks take his first reps at left tackle Read more [...]
Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Season 3, Episode 8 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and start by talking about the firing of Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coach Al Everest on Thursday, and after going over stats from the last two seasons and reviewing what has happened thus far in two preseason games, we conclude there is likely more to the story. We recorded this early on Friday and since then Everest has come out to say that he was fired for professional differences.
We move on to talk about a few players that will not travel with the team to Buffalo for the the third preseason game against Saturday Read more [...]
Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 9:08 am
Below are the defensive player play counts and participation chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 2 preseason game loss on Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts along with a few observations I made.
All of the main first team players saw 28 snaps and of course that was about as expected. Cortez Allen worked strictly in the nickel. Mortty Ivy saw snaps at both outside spots which leads me to believe they are giving him serious consideration of keeping him on the 53 man roster. Brandon Johnson worked strictly inside with Stevenson Sylvester out with his knee injury. Terrence Read more [...]
Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 8:09 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers fired special teams coach Al Everest on Thursday and replaced him with assistant special teams coach Amos Jones. While we don't know the real reason as to why Everest was let go, we can only assume that it might have been performance related until we hear otherwise.
Everest was hired by the Steelers after Bob Ligashesky was fired following the 2009 season that saw the Steelers rank 23rd in punt return average allowed (9.8) and 27th in kickoff return average allowed (24.3). That season also saw the Steelers allow an NFL-high four kickoff return touchdowns in a five-game Read more [...]
Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 7:08 am
Some very good news on the injury front as Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Friday morning that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman will play Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills after making it through a full week of practice.
"I'm anxious to get out there," Redman said via the report by Fittipaldo. "I want to get out there and play and give it my all."
Redman was forced to sit out the Steelers second preseason game Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts with a hip injury. The injury was first believed to be a groin problem, but an MRI performed last Read more [...]
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 7:45 pm
The trade rumor pot in regard to Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace is once again being stirred after Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter today to tweet, "SERIOUS TRADE WINDS Swirling! We're talking given up high pick for SERIOUS Vet/Starter!.. these deals often crumble n don't reach completion." Irsay followed up that tweet up with another that read, "Colts Fans..Your GM Mr Grigson isn't afraid to roll the dice n aggressively improve YOUR Indianapolis Colts..n my check book stands ready!"
Of course everyone immediately associates either Wallace Read more [...]