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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Roethlisberger banged up

Ben Roethlisberger took a shot on his left knee during an OTA workout today as the Steelers complete their next-to-last week of offseason activities.

Working during the red zone drills, Roethlisberger got bumped by Lawrence Timmons, who appeared to step on his left foot. The incident happened just as Roethlisberger let go of a pass intended for Santonio Holmes. The ball sailed high and Roethlisberger limped off the field at the indoor practice facility. He did not take another snap.

Roethlisberger did not speak to reporters following the incident, but continued to limp, favoring his left leg.

© Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and Tyrone Carter were again missing, leaving Ryan Mundy and Roy Lewis to work with the starting unit.

LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison were also missing, with Andre Frazier and Arnold Harrison moving into their spots.

Also not here today was Darnell Stapleton, who was replaced by Trai Essex.

© Wide receiver Hines Ward, who has been here but hasn't practiced after offseason surgery, participated in position drills. He's still not going through any team drills though.


Steelers Blogs said...

Ben should be fine. Any word on punt/kick return drills and the order of rotation being used?

Dale Lolley said...

I've reported on it before. There's really no set order, but they're using McDonald, Wallace, Burnett and Logan.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Timmons!

I am actually glad the vets aren't in participating alot. They are all hard workers so I trust them to stay in shape and it gives the coaches more time to study to rookies.

Mundy and Essex need to impress to get future chances.

Please don't let Stapleton be our starter come gameday.

Dale Lolley said...

Stuff happens. I think he got knocked into Roethlisberger.

Anonymous said...


What's the future of the right side of the offensive line? I'm aware that Colon might be restricted again next year but do the Steelers really see him as a long term solution? I'd hope not, but they don't seem in a hurry to address the position through the draft and free agency. Also, what's the future for Stapleton at RG? Is he a stopgap until someone like Urbik is ready to take over?

Henry said...


I'm assuming Keyaron Fox has been taking the primary back up role at ILB. How does he look shedding blocks and what about his play recognition. We've all seen his competitive spirit on ST's. I understand their in Shorts but if you've noticed anything, i'd love the feedback.


Dale Lolley said...

I haven't really seen anything of Fox shedding blocks. There really aren't much right now in regards to that. These are low/non-contact drills.

As for Colon, they like him.

kelly said...

Apparently Ben was back on the field today. Hopefully his knee is okay to tackle Bethpage Black. :)

Anonymous said...

Has Carter been to any of the OTAs? For a guy who is on the bubble, he sure is missing quite a bit of activities. Have they asked him to stay away, like they do with guys they plan on cutting and don't want to risk an injury grievance? Seems to be getting late for that.