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hawaiiansteel
10-21-2010, 02:20 AM
just kidding, just kidding...but it does look like he has a good excuse as he's been injured.


Hood, Eason fight nagging injuries

By Mark Kaboly
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, October 21, 2010


Defensive end Ziggy Hood hasn't lived up to expectations of his No. 1 draft status from 2009 to the point where he can't get on the field ahead of journeyman defensive end Nick Eason. One reason is Hood has been hampered by an ankle injury for a large portion of the regular season. "I got a little nicked up, and it took away from my speed," Hood said. "That's what I bring to the table, but it's getting back to where I need it to be. And I'm getting ready to play." With defensive end Brett Keisel already ruled out of Sunday's game in Miami, Eason or Hood will start at right end. Eason also is hurting from knee and ankle injuries he suffered during last week's game. "It is nothing severe or a situation where I am going to miss any games," Eason said.

Trai Essex said his injured ankle that kept him out of the past three games is good enough for him to get back on the field Sunday against Miami. In fact, Essex said he is absolutely going to play against the Dolphins. "I am about 85-90 percent healthy," Essex said. The question remains that if Essex will regain his starting right guard spot that has been filled by Doug Legursky.

The Steelers have yet to wear their road white jerseys and that will continue this week. The Dolphins have selected to wear their white jerseys at home, forcing the Steelers to wear their black home shirts in temperatures expected to be in the mid 80s at kickoff. The Steelers will wear their white jerseys for the first time Halloween night in New Orleans.

Keisel (hamstring) and James Harrison (personal) missed practice, and Essex was limited. For the Dolphins, running back Lousaka Polite (knee) missed practice, and defensive end Jared Odrick (ankle) was limited.

Mark Kaboly can be reached at mkaboly@dailynewsemail.com or 412-664-9161.

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RuthlessBurgher
10-21-2010, 09:13 AM
Consider:

1. Keisel is already out this week

2. Hood is playing through a season-long ankle issue

3. Eason is playing through a recent ankle/knee injury

4. Smitty is old

5. We will be wearing black jerseys in the Florida sun again

Will we possibly activate Al Woods off the practice squad this week for DE depth, like we did with Steve McLendon when we needed NT depth for the Tennessee and Tampa black-clad road games?

SidSmythe
10-21-2010, 09:17 AM
I know ur were joking about him being a bust, but he was also 1 pick from being a 2nd rounder.

the verdict is still out on HOOD in my opinion. we do need his youth to step up cuz our D-Line isn't getting younger

papillon
10-21-2010, 09:44 AM
I know ur were joking about him being a bust, but he was also 1 pick from being a 2nd rounder.

the verdict is still out on HOOD in my opinion. we do need his youth to step up cuz our D-Line isn't getting younger

Timmons should have taught us a bit of a lesson about draft picks. This is Hood's second year; I say we wait and see how things pan out over the next 2 years. Aaron Smith and Brett Kiesel have two more years in them before they will have to be replaced on a more permanent basis.

Hood showed signs last year that he's going to be a good player. This year we find out he's nicked up a bit. Give it time Steeler faithful, give it time.

Pappy

PSU_dropout43
10-21-2010, 10:44 AM
Hood's bust name is Piggy Hood. :wink:

Shawn
10-21-2010, 12:16 PM
Ziggy is going to be a very special DE for this team...much like Timmons is developing into one of the best ILBs we have had in a very long time. These guys need time to develop and what he has shown thus far has been promising.

feltdizz
10-21-2010, 01:28 PM
Ziggy is going to be a very special DE for this team...much like Timmons is developing into one of the best ILBs we have had in a very long time. These guys need time to develop and what he has shown thus far has been promising.
:Agree

hawaiiansteel
10-21-2010, 02:36 PM
Consider:

1. Keisel is already out this week

2. Hood is playing through a season-long ankle issue

3. Eason is playing through a recent ankle/knee injury

4. Smitty is old

5. We will be wearing black jerseys in the Florida sun again

Will we possibly activate Al Woods off the practice squad this week for DE depth, like we did with Steve McLendon when we needed NT depth for the Tennessee and Tampa black-clad road games?


no mention of Al Woods, looks like Tomlin is leaning towards activating only 5 DL this Sunday.


Hood or Eason will start at defensive end against Dolphins

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, October 20, 2010


With defensive end Brett Keisel out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Nick Eason or Ziggy Hood will take his place in the starting lineup. Eason got the initial nod when Keisel left the Browns game with a hamstring injury. "Both are capable," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Eason and Hood. "Both are going to play."

Tomlin appears to be leaning against signing tackle Steve McLendon from the practice squad so the Steelers have six defensive linemen for the 1 p.m. game. McLendon played in two games earlier this season because of injuries to nose tackles Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke. "Six guys is probably more of a requirement in early September than it is in the latter part of October," Tomlin said. "Early on, you worry about conditioning."

Tomlin said he is concerned about the heavy workload running back Rashard Mendenhall has shouldered through the first five games. Mendenhall, who is sixth in the NFL with 495 rushing yards, is tied with San Francisco's Frank Gore for the fourth-most carries (116) in the NFL. Mendenhall is on pace for 371 carries, which would be the third highest single-season total in Steelers history. "We had limited options here over the first month of the season," Tomlin said. "Hopefully, as we proceed, we'll find ways to lighten his load." Mendenhall will be limited in practice today, Tomlin said, because of a shoulder contusion.

Starting right guard Trai Essex, who is still recovering from a high ankle sprain, is questionable for Sunday's game, Tomlin said. He is expected to practice on a limited basis today.

Doug Legursky, who started the last three games at right guard, sustained a sprained knee against the Browns. Tomlin said the injury shouldn't limit him this week.

TOMLIN'S TAKE

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's point of view on:

Outside linebacker James Harrison saying he likes to hurt though not injure opposing players:

"James says a lot of things he doesn't necessarily mean. He's a tough talker like a lot of guys that play the game at this level. If you want to get to know James, catch him on a Tuesday when he's walking through the building with his son. He's a big softie."

Whether Emmanuel Sanders or Antonio Brown will serve as the Steelers' No. 4 wide receiver and kickoff returner Sunday in Miami:

"We're going to continue to pit those two young men against each other so that we can get the desired results that we want, which is third down conversions like (Sanders) has provided for us, which is quality kick returns like Antonio Brown has provided for us. They're both still growing and developing."

On the Steelers' No. 24 NFL ranking in pass defense:

"We're not a finished product and we don't even pretend to be. We're a team that's getting better, and hopefully we can win games along the way. We're probably not going to be perfect in Miami, but we better be good enough to win."

Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who had 11 catches for 112 yards while playing for the Broncos against the Steelers last season:

"There's a lot of big receivers. What makes him unique is his ability to run after the catch. He's got little man's quickness in terms of his ability to drop his weight and change direction. He's got great balance. He's a tough guy to tackle once he catches it."

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RuthlessBurgher
10-21-2010, 03:30 PM
Whether Emmanuel Sanders or Antonio Brown will serve as the Steelers' No. 4 wide receiver and kickoff returner Sunday in Miami:

"We're going to continue to pit those two young men against each other so that we can get the desired results that we want, which is third down conversions like (Sanders) has provided for us, which is quality kick returns like Antonio Brown has provided for us. They're both still growing and developing."

Well, if Brett Keisel is out, and they don't plan to sign McLendon or Woods off the practice squad for this game (using just 5 DL instead of their usual 6 active DL on gameday), wouldn't that give us an extra available gameday helmet so we could use Sanders and our #4 WR and Brown as a return specialist?

hawaiiansteel
10-22-2010, 01:04 AM
wow, this proves that Ziggy Hood really is a bust! :stirpot


Eason to start at defensive end Sunday

By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, October 22, 2010


Defensive end Nick Eason will make his 10th career start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Eason, who nearly died after having his appendix and part of his colon removed this summer, will replace Brett Keisel, who is out with a hamstring injury. "I'm going to try to make this my best season," said Eason, an eight-year veteran. "I want my life to be a testimony to people that may be going through something." Coach Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week he would decide between Eason and second-year player Ziggy Hood. Tomlin selected Eason (1 1/2 sacks), who is the team's only defensive lineman to record a sack this season.

With guard Trai Essex back on the practice field, Keisel is the only Steeler unable to practice.

Miami defensive end Jared Odrick, a first-round draft pick out of Penn State, suffered a left foot injury near the end of Wednesday's practice that likely will end his season. Odrick started one game before fracturing his right fibula in the opener. He was entering his second week of practice when the injury occurred. Fullback Lousaka Polite (knee) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday. He is a former Pitt standout.

Chris Hoke said teammates learned an important lesson from the national controversy created by linebacker James Harrison's above-the-shoulder tackle against Cleveland. "You can play hurt, but you can't play scared, like, 'I'm going to get fined, I'm going to get suspended,'" Hoke said. "That's when you get beat, you get your team beat. Be smart. Play hard. Let the chips fall where they may."

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