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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Down goes Roethlisberger

OK, maybe Ben Roethlisberger didn't go all the way to the ground at practice Wednesday, but he certainly slipped and hyperextended his plant leg a little bit dropping back to pass.

Roethlisberger didn't finish practice and his backup, Byron Leftwich, also slipped a couple of times dropping back on the outdoor practice field - falling to the ground once .

Why work outdoors when you have an indoor facility?

First, it was a nice afternoon.

Second, since many of the players aren't from the northeast, to get them ready for the cold weather, they've got to practice in it.

Third, the soft field can't be any worse than what it could be like at Heinz Field if it gets wet this weekend.

Since the Steelers play a warm-weather team this weekend - Dallas - they want to be as ready for the weather conditions as possible.

Roethlisberger will be fine, but the team certainly got a scare.

© It looks like Bryant McFadden will be back this week, which will leave the Steelers with an interesting problem.

William Gay has played well with Deshea Townsend and McFadden out. Now, both are back, but who starts and who goes to the bench as the fourth corner.

The bet here is that Gay starts Sunday, with him shifting to the slot in the nickel with McFadden playing the outside and Townsend going to the bench.

© A number of players took the day off with some minor injuries, including Aaron Smith and Willie Parker.

But it was pretty much a veterans day off.

The only players the Steelers will be without this weekend are Brett Keisel and Marvel Smith.


Alex said...

We will win this weekend. The Cowboys are coming off a few easy wins against bad teams and the media is giving this "resurgence" too much credit.

Steelers 23 Boys 10.

Anonymous said...

Any word on how serious Polamalu's calf injury is? We really need him this week!

I also read where Kirschke was injured..but didn't sound serious-or was it?


Dale Lolley said...

Polamalu's not serious. Tomlin said Tuesday Kirschke's back would keep him out Wednesday.

Patrick said...

I just saw Wade phillips gave the Steelers and specifically, James Harrison, some bulltein board material.

I think Mr. Harrison might break someone in half this weekend. I honestly think this game could be huge for the Steelers season. Even though its an NFC team and a much bigger game looms large next week, beating up the Cowboys should continue the spark this team seems to have lately and hopefully it goes through Baltimore too.

Either way, thanks for firing us up for sunday, Mr. Phillips.

kelly said...

Apparently Ben was back at practice today, as well as, Kirshcke and Parker. Troy was out again.

Anonymous said...

I know. Saw Troy was out again. I am hoping he is ok and can play sunday.

SC Steeler said...

Dale, who of the upcoming free agent offensive linemen (Starks, Kemo, Smith) have played well enough so far that the team will make a serious attempt to re-sign them in the offseason? I'm content (not thrilled) with the current starting five but still think they need to draft OGs and OTs early and often next draft to develop some upgrades.

Dale Lolley said...

I'd say right now that they'll target Kemoeatu, Starks and Trai Essex. Starks may end up costing too much. I could see Marvel coming back at the vet minimum to keep the spot warm for a rookie draft pick.
Essex is the surprise but he's the most likely candidate to come back and would give them a swing guy.