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Steelers ‘Next Man Up’ Comes Into Play Against Rival Ravens

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24: Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball against the St. Louis Rams during the game on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsy...

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Fox News Confirms,Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained right shoulder and his status for Sunday’s showdown with AFC North rival Baltimore is uncertain.

The worst possible scenario has happened to Mike Tomlin and his Pittsburgh Steelers heading into an AFC Showdown with the Baltimore Ravens. Ben Roethlisberger has suffered a sprained right shoulder and might not be available to play against the Ravens. If the Steelers can win the game, they would be tied for first place in the AFC North. The Pittsb…

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Hines Ward To Play For Rival Team?

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Shock continues to reverberate throughout Steelers nation about veteran wide receiver Hines Ward being cut from the team.

But there is another thing that could throw Steelers fans for an even bigger loop – Ward could conceivably end up playing for a rival team.

It was almost a full day removed from the end of the Hines Ward era with the Steelers, and the phone lines were still full on 93-7 The Fan’s “Vinnie and Cook” show.

“When somebody leaves like that, I think there is a sadness about it,” said The Fan host Vinnie Richichi.

One thousand career catches, two Super Bowl rings and a style that embodies the Steelers hard-nosed reputation cement the legacy of No. 86.

“He’s just a great football player, so we have to respect that,” said fan Larry Lee. “We definitely gave him enough love here. He gave us love back.”

But could Ward be on one of the buses arriving at the visitor’s entrance at Heinz Field next year, playing for the opposition?

“If he comes strolling back here in a Baltimore uniform, it’s not ‘so what’ for fans,” said Richichi.

“I don’t care if he comes back with Baltimore, New England, or whoever,” said The Fan host Ron Cook.

Playing for another NFL team is one thing. But how would people react to Ward in Ravens purple?

“He just violated right there, he can’t go to the Ravens. He wouldn’t do that. If he did and we lost because of his touchdown? That’s what the Rooneys get,” said Lee.

“I don’t think anyone would like that very much at all,” said Karen O’Donnell of South Hills. “I don’t think it would be a good reception.”

“I don’t even know if the uniform would go on, it might just melt as soon as it touches his body. I don’t think that would fly at all,” said fan Zac Kirkpatrick.

It may all just be a Steeler fan’s worst nightmare, but it is much more possible now than it was 48 hours ago.

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Steelers Survive Thursday Night Test against Rival Browns:10 Observations from Heinz Field


We’re on to a new week and a fresh cycle of news, but in case any of you missed this recap of the Steelers’ Week 14 win over the Browns last Thursday night. -Michael B.-


My top 10 observations about the Steelers 14-3 win over the Browns from Heinz Field on Thursday. Apologies for redundant items you have already discussed at length.

  1. This game was one of the weirdest games I have ever attended. The Steelers score touchdowns the first and last time they touch the ball, and never in between. Both teams have touchdowns taken off the board. Both teams have their quarterbacks knocked out of the game, only to return, but they may still be injured enough not to play their next game. The crowd was nervous and relatively quiet the whole game, just weird stuff. More as we go.

  2. Nine penalties in the second half is simply unacceptable, though some were bogus.

  3. Speaking of which, Ed Hochuli and his crew had their worst game ever, and I rarely get on officials. Offensive pass interference was blatantly missed against Massaquoi shoving William Gay early in the game…Antonio Brown absolutely catches a ball that Hochuli incredibly overturns…Keisel was called for a neutral zone that caused the offense to move. It was Harrison who flinched, but stayed on-side, causing 81 to move illegally which in turn caused Keisel to wisely jump, horrible call…Farrior lifts his hands to cushion soft contact with McCoy out-of-bounds and actually tries to hold McCoy up. McCoy instead turns into a Hollywood stunt man taking a dive and the officials buy it…Hochuli actually once said “the result is a better result”…He also declared that there was no grounding, then called grounding on McCoy, when actually McCoy’s knee was down before either the grounding or no grounding. It was wrong on top of wrong on top of wrong…The holding on Gay in the last minute was horrible…All in all, a shameful effort worse than any high school officiating effort.

  • Some idiot Browns fan decided to taunt 85 Steeler fans in a restroom. I asked the guy if he ever heard of General Custer before I advised a cop that he had 30 seconds to prevent a bludgeoning. I go annually to the Steelers game in Cleveland, and there is no amount of alcohol that could make me that stupid.

  • Being a good Christian that I try to be, I would wait until the day after Christmas before I told Kemo to clean out his locker. Enough is enough.

  • If I were a betting man I would be rich right now. 14 points? The last time the Browns gave a lackluster effort against Pittsburgh, their coach was fired within 24 hours. There was no way that team was not going to be fired up on national television. They cashed every check.

  • Jason Worilds had the two most unique and meaningless sacks in NFL history. He sacked McCoy on the last play of the first half and last play of the second half during meaningless Hail Mary situations. Another weird, by the way.

  • Those who think that the Steelers offense was inept should consider that Kapinos punted exactly one time in the game when Big Ben was quarterback (three more times with Batch). That one time occurred when Brown dropped a pass in the red zone, which would have eliminated the lone Kapinos punt (with Ben). More weird.

  • Deebo is going to pay a steep price for going helmet to helmet. Yes, he has a legitimate argument that McCoy turned into a running back and previously scrambled the exact same way for a touchdown (though overturned). And yes, you can’t slow up if a guy at the last split second tosses the ball, turning himself back into a quarterback (the old QB-RB-QB switcheroo), but the helmet to helmet thing will cost him. Interesting that Hochuli blew it again by calling roughing the QB when it was more accurate to say helmet -to-helmet on a defenseless player without the ball. In any case, Harrison’s history will work against him, especially in this day of player safety and concussion madness. Players will learn the hard way, sooner or later, to tackle with arms and shoulders instead of head and shoulders.

  • Speaking of trouble on the horizon, Browns fans like to call Harrison an outlaw and insist on punishment. How about an organization that puts a concussed man back into the game? McCoy cannot remember returning and the PR staff ordered lights to be turned off during his press conference. How many times have the Steelers held out players when there is any doubt? Cleveland, meanwhile, re-inserts a man who later told his father he didn’t remember anything. Pat Shurmur insists the Browns did due diligence, but I watched McCoy the entire time. All they looked at and worked on was his hand. That organization should be sanctioned a hundred times worse than Harrison. There’s no excuse for what the Browns did.

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