|Former Patriots QB Brian Hoyer, ex-Jets WR Plaxico Burress work out for Steelers||11.20.12 at 1:35 pm ET|
The Steelers, desperate for help at quarterback and wide receiver following a series of injuries, worked out ex-Giants and Jets receiver Plaxico Burress and former Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday. Wide receiver Derrick Williams and quarterback Mike Kafka also attended the workout.
“We’re looking at these guys with the potential to sign at least one at each position,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “The men we will acquire will fortify our depth to win this football game” against the Browns on Sunday.
Byron Leftwich, who was filling in at quarterback for injured start Ben Roethlisberger, suffered two cracked ribs in Sunday night’s loss to the Ravens. Receiver Jerricho Cotchery sustained multiple rib fractures in the same game. And receiver Antonio Brown has missed the last two games with a high-ankle sprain and is not expected to play Sunday.
Roethlisberger, out with injuries to his shoulder and ribs, is not expected back soon, but Tomlin said he had additional tests Tuesday and, “We are encouraged with his status.”
|Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s rib injury could be life-threatening||11.14.12 at 2:54 pm ET|
Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder sprain might be the least of his worries.
The Steelers quarterback said Wednesday he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night’s win against the Chiefs. Roethlisberger sprained a joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern.
Roethlisberger said doctors are concerned his rib could cut into his aorta. Roethlisberger told an NFL Network reporter that he was experiencing pain at a 9 on a 1-10 scale.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette tweeted the injury could have killed Roethlisberger.
He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place.
Roethlisberger was having a great year, with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
There is no timetable for his return.
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots third-most valuable in Forbes NFL rankings||09.08.11 at 7:55 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Forbes magazine published its annual ranking of the most valuable franchises in the NFL. Based on 2010 evaluations, the Patriots are worth $1.4 billion and rank third behind the Cowboys ($1.85 billion) and Redskins ($1.55 billion).
The Cowboys are second in the world to only the English soccer team Manchester United, valued at $1.9 billion. The Yankees top baseball and sit third in the world at $1.7 billion.
♦ Former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas did not hold back when criticizing Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio for his handling of the team’s quarterback situation and alleged lack of trustworthiness. Douglas is not pleased that the Jags released veteran David Garrard just days before the season, after presenting him as the starter in the preseason.
“This is not unlike Jack because he did Byron Leftwich the same way,” Douglas said on Scott Van Pelt‘s ESPN Radio show. “My statement is this: If there was ever a head coach that needs to be punched in the face for not being truthful to his players, it has to be Jack Del Rio.” Added Douglas: “How can I follow you into battle and believe in what you’re doing when you’re pulling stuff like that.”
♦ At Real Clear Sports, Jeff Neuman has 11 predictions for the NFL season. He goes with the Saints (behind MVP Drew Brees) beating the Chargers in the Super Bowl, and he predicts the Colts and Ravens will fade from contention.
♦ Wednesday’s tragic plane crash in Russia claimed the lives of 36 members of the hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. In the Toronto Star, Dave Feschuk has the story of the team’s goalie coach, Jorma Valtonen, who was told to stay behind and work with the organization’s youth team. “I don’t know what to say. It seems I was lucky. But it’s horrible. Horrible,” Valtonen said. “I’ve been answering emails and text messages from my friends asking if I am alive or not.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 8, 1966, the Red Sox fired manager Billy Herman. Who replaced him for the rest of the season but turned down an offer to manage the following year?
|Report: Steelers’ Byron Leftwich, Maurkice Pouncey injured in third preseason game||08.28.11 at 6:08 pm ET|
Steelers starting center Maurkice Pouncey and backup quarterback Byron Leftwich were both injured in Saturday’s third preseason game. Pouncey suffered a sprained ankle but is not expected to miss any regular-season games. Leftwich broke his arm, however, and is expected to miss the entire season.
Pouncey is coming off a rookie 2010 season in which the Steelers reached their third Super Bowl since 2005, although they lost to the Green Bay Packers. Pouncey was selected for the Pro Bowl.
Leftwich, on the other hand, has only played in four games over the last two seasons. His loss only means the Steelers will need to keep longtime backup Charlie Batch on the roster. Batch completed 2-of-4 passes during Week 1 of the preseason but has not played since. Batch has passed for a career 10,402 yards, 60 touchdowns and 47 interceptions, and rushed for 639 yards and six touchdowns. He has a career QB rating of 77.9.
|Charlie Batch still the starter in the Steel City||09.28.10 at 3:07 pm ET|
Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that Charlie Batch will start Sunday against Baltimore despite the fact that Byron Leftwich is healthy. Batch originally the team’s fourth string quarterback threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns Sunday in the team’s 38-13 victory over the Buccaneers.
The Steelers who are without their suspended starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the first four weeks had originally intended to start Leftwich during the suspension. But after sustaining a left knee injury, the veteran was cut and then resigned with the club last week to serve as Batch’s backup while he finished rehabbing.
Sunday’s game will mark the first time Batch has started consecutive games since 2005 when Ben Roethlisberger suffered from a right knee injury. In 2005 he guided the team to back-to-back victories against the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns without throwing a touchdown pass.
|Steelers cut Byron Leftwich||09.19.10 at 9:48 am ET|
The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich Sunday but he is expected to return to the 53-man roster Monday.
The move was made in order for Pittsburgh to add an additional defensive lineman to the roster for Sunday’s game vs. the Titans.
Leftwich is suffering from a left knee injury and was not expected to play vs. Tennessee.
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