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12-02-2010, 08:17 AM
Roethlisberger expects to play

By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who walked around the team’s practice facility in a protective boot on Wednesday morning because of a sprained foot, practiced in the afternoon.

Roethlisberger was listed as limited in practiced, but said afterwards he didn’t miss much.

"We did some different kind of looks to adapt and make it so we could still do stuff, so I think it went fairly well,” he said.

Roethlisberger, who was injured in the Steelers win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, said he won’t let the injury keep him sidelined, even if there is pain.

“It hurts because it’s my plant foot, my right foot,” said Roethlisberger. “When I hit the ground, I want to get the ball out. It makes it tough, but you play through pain.

“I want to play all of the time. I will be out there. I will give it my all. I will be out there. I will not be out there if I am going to hurt the team. If I can help the team win I will be out there.”

Also limited in practice were tackle Flozell Adams (back), defensive end Nick Eason (knee) and cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring). Safety Troy Polamalu (ankle) did not practice.

12-02-2010, 08:23 AM
Roethlisberger practices, vows to play Sunday
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger strapped on a fortified right shoe and went through nearly a full practice with his Steelers teammates today.

"I only missed probably 10-15 snaps," said Roethlisberger, who has a sprained right foot. "We did some different kind of looks to adapt and make it so we could still do stuff, so I think it went fairly well."

Roethlisberger's foot was injured in Sunday's overtime victory in Buffalo. He also came out of that game with a sore knee after two Bills players roughed him up after sacking him. He wore a regular Nike cleated shoe that was retrofitted with two metal plates.

"It hurts because it's my plant foot, my right foot. When I hit the ground, I want to get the ball out.''

He vowed that he will play Sunday night in Baltimore.

"I'll find a way to make it happen."

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12-02-2010, 08:33 AM
Roethlisberger vows he'll play Sunday against Ravens
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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Ben Roethlisberger practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and vowed that he won't miss a crucial AFC North game Sunday night because of a sprained right foot.

"I'll make it happen," said Roethlisberger of playing against the Ravens.

Roethlisberger, who limped noticeably yesterday at Steelers headquarters, is wearing a protective boot on the foot that he hurt last Sunday in Buffalo.

Roethlisberger practiced in a cleat that he said provides similar stability to his injured foot as the boot.

"I think it went fairly well," Roethlisberger said. "I only missed maybe 10 or 15 snaps."

Roethlisberger did not miss any snaps in the Steelers' 19-16 overtime win over the Bills despite hurting his foot and knee on separate plays.

He said the foot injury is the more serious of the two he is nursing. Roethlisberger added he is not even considering the possibility that he won't play against the Ravens with first place in the division at stake.

Roethlisberger missed last year's game in Baltimore after he experienced post-concussion symptoms despite practicing all week. He did not play in the Steelers' 17-14 loss to the visiting Ravens on Oct. 3 because of a suspension.

Roethlisberger, who is 7-2 in games he has started against the Ravens, said only one thing would prevent him from playing Sunday night in the nationally televised game.

"I will not be out there if I'm going to hurt this team," he said. "If I can help the team win, I'll be out there."

Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said yesterday that he would just as soon have Roethlisberger take a week off so the latter can rest his ailing foot.

"When he's playing, they are definitely one of the best teams in the NFL, the things he's capable of doing, his knowledge of the game," Suggs said during a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters. "When he's not in there, they tend to shorten their (offensive) packages. When you're preparing for him, you are going to get certain things, and you're not going to get certain things. If it was up to me on whether he sits this one out, just let his boys handle this one."

12-02-2010, 08:35 AM
Steelers' Keisel in line to play Sunday against Ravens
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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• Brett Keisel appears ready to get back on the field, while Troy Polamalu is still a question mark. Keisel participated in a full practice Wednesday and is expected to be back on the field Sunday against Baltimore, while Polamalu sat out with an ankle injury. Keisel has missed five of the past six games with a hamstring injury. He did play four weeks ago in Cincinnati but managed to play only a couple of snaps before aggravating the injury.

• Tackle Flozell Adams (back), cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (foot) all were limited in practice. For Baltimore, left tackle Michael Oher (knee) was a full participant, while running back Le'Ron McClain (ankle) was out, and safety Dawan Landry (head) was limited.

• For the second time this year, defensive end Nick Eason was victim of friendly fire. Eason said yesterday that he will get a better gauge of where his injured right ankle/knee is at by the end of the week and if he will be able to play Sunday night against the Ravens. Eason tweaked his ankle and knee when teammate James Harrison rolled up on his leg during last week's Buffalo game. Eason also injured his ankle during a Week 6 game against Cleveland when Aaron Smith rolled on his leg. Eason started for the injured Keisel the next week in Miami.

• The Steelers have been called for 10 holding penalties over the past two games and now have 23 for the season. Against Buffalo, they were called for five holding penalties, while the Bills weren't called for any. However, the doesn't mean the Bills weren't holding. A poster-sized framed photo leading toward the Steelers locker room shows Buffalo tackle Demetrius Bell grabbing Harrison's jersey. "They can't see me getting held, but they can call me for other things," Harrison said.

12-02-2010, 08:42 AM
Sprained foot won't stop Roethlisberger
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By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Wednesday December 1, 2010 12:05 AM

PITTSBURGH — Coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic about the Steelers’ injury situation going into Sunday’s showdown against Baltimore, especially when it comes to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger sprained his right foot in the 19-16 overtime win in Buffalo this past Sunday and is wearing a protective boot on it.

He may be limited at practice today and maybe even Thursday. But he will start against the Ravens in an AFC North Division showdown between a pair of 8-3 teams.

“There is some pain and discomfort of course,” Tomlin said. “We have him in a walking boot ... we’re working to help him with that as much as we can. We will see where the week takes us.”

Tomlin said there was never a time Sunday in Buffalo when he thought Roethlisberger would have to leave the game.

“He was absent from our sideline at the very end of the first half and maybe was late coming back from halftime, but that was simply because we were taking a picture of his foot,” Tomlin said. “I was pretty comfortable that he was going to compete and continue throughout the game.”

In other injury news:

l Tomlin is hopeful that defensive ends Brett Keisel (hamstring and calf) and Nick Eason (knee) and cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) will play in Baltimore.

Keisel has missed the last six games. Eason, who’s been starting in Keisel’s place, suffered a sprained knee in Buffalo. McFadden pulled a hamstring muscle against the Bills.

“Nick Eason looks to be pretty good,” Tomlin said. “He might be limited at the initial part of the week but we expect to have him. Similar things can be said about Bryant McFadden. But when you’re dealing with a hamstring injury it could be more problematic, but he’s slated to participate. We’ll see where that participation takes us.
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“Brett Keisel is going to be a full participant as well this week and hopefully play.”

Despite Tomlin’s optimism in regards to Eason and McFadden, their availability will be determined in the next few days based on how they get through practice.

l As was the case the past two weeks, strong safety Troy Polamalu will be limited at practice as he continues his rehab from an Achilles’ tendon strain.

Polamalu has hardly practiced the past two weeks, but hasn’t missed any games. In fact, he’s been playing great football.

“We simply want to take every precaution possible to keep this man up-and-running,” Tomlin said.

“It’s obvious that he’s playing really good football for us, so we want that to continue. There’s a fine line in terms of that when you’re talking about limiting someone’s preparation, but he is a veteran football player, a good one. So we’re going to do the best thing we can in terms of getting him to the stadium in one piece.”

l Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) also is expected back to practice this week after missing the game in Buffalo.

l Tight end Matt Spaeth will undergo more post-concussion tests today and those tests will determine his practice availability.

“Some things are shaping up,” Tomlin said. “We’re feeling pretty good from a health standpoint.”

Kickoff Sunday at M & T Bank Stadium is 8:20 p.m.

12-03-2010, 06:35 PM
Leftwich waiting in wings just in case he's needed

By John Harris
Friday, December 3, 2010

• With Ben Roethlisberger dealing with an injured foot, backup quarterback Byron Leftwich is waiting in the wings, just in case. "I'm back. I've still got the knee brace, but I'm back," said Leftwich, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the final preseason game and has not played during the regular season. "You have to prepare yourself a certain way if you want to play quarterback in this league, and I do that."

• Defensive coordinator D!ck LeBeau said the coaching staff continues to work with all players regarding proper tackling techniques, Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison included. LeBeau said players are told to aim "below the numbers" when they tackle. "Can't go too low, that's a foul. Can't go too high, that's a foul," LeBeau said.

• Safety Troy Polamalu (ankle) was a full participant at Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday. Defensive end Nick Eason (knee), tackle Flozell Adams and cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) were also full participants after being limited the day before. Tight end Matt Spaeth (concussion) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (illness) did not practice.

• For Baltimore, running back Le'Ron McClain (ankle) missed practice for the second consecutive day. Wide receiver Derrick Mason (illness) did not practice. Safety Dawan Landry (concussion) was limited.

John Harris can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.

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12-04-2010, 04:39 PM
"Can't go too low, that's a foul. Can't go too high, that's a foul," LeBeau said.

He forgot, "Can't hit too hard, that's a foul." :HeadBanger

12-04-2010, 04:46 PM
"Can't go too low, that's a foul. Can't go too high, that's a foul," LeBeau said.

He forgot, "Can't hit too hard, that's a foul." :HeadBanger

and don't forget that you can't use your full body weight either... :wft

12-04-2010, 05:01 PM
The weight rule is a rule they implemented when Siragusa sqashed Rich Gannon.

But that's not what Harrison did to Campbell.

The rule is legit.

The call they made on Harrison was wrong.