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Who’s in, who’s out this week

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 30, 2012 – 9:28 pm

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, still recovering from his shoulder injury. In addition, tackle Mike Adams (ankle), quarterback Byron Leftwich (ribs) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (ankle) will not play on Sunday.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs) and tackle Willie Colon (knee) are listed as questionable, and both were limited in practice on Friday. If Colon doesn’t play, Maurkice Pouncey will start at guard.

“It’s football. I am an offensive lineman, I have to adjust to it,” said Pouncey. “It’s still run blocking and pass blocking. I am pretty sure they will pull me a couple of times to see how I look out there. Hopefully I will do good.”

Complete Injury Report:

Steelers

Out – T Mike Adams (ankle), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder), LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle)

Questionable – T Willie Colon (knee), WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs)

Probable – WR Antonio Brown (ankle), DT Casey Hampton (illness), S Troy Polamalu (calf), T Max Starks (back)

Ravens

Out – CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen)

Doubtful – TE Ed Dickson (knee)

Questionable – LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, knee), CB Chris Johnson (thigh), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh)

Probable – WR Anquan Boldin (knee), DT Terrence Cody (elbow), CB Corey Graham (illness), WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), TE Dennis Pitta (neck), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), WR Torrey Smith (thigh), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle)


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Bettis, Greene HOF semi-finalists

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 30, 2012 – 9:26 pm

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their 27 semifinalists for the Class of 2013, and among them are two former Pittsburgh Steelers, running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene. Bettis was a finalist the last two years and Greene was a finalist last year.

“It’s always an honor whenever you can reach the semifinalist list,” said Bettis. “It’s never a thing where you assume it’s going to happen. Nothing is promised to you. It’s always refreshing and new. I am just excited and I will go from there. I am not overly excited because I understand the process, but there is reason for excitement.”

Normally there are only 25 semifinalists, but there are 27 this year because of a three-way tie.

That list will be narrowed down to 15 modern-era finalists in early January.

The Class of 2013 will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, the day before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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Batch gets hometown honor

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 30, 2012 – 9:22 pm

There is no doubt that quarterback Charlie Batch is a hometown hero, so on Friday night it was only fitting that he was inducted into the Steel Valley Hall of Fame.

Batch, who is from Homestead, Pa., part of the Steel Valley, was honored for his achievements on the field and his contribution to the community.

Batch attended Steel Valley High School and then went on to play at Eastern Michigan. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round in 1998, playing four seasons there before signing with the Steelers in 2002.

“It’s special,” said Batch. “To have so many great players come out of the area and to be recognized as one of the best is appreciated.”

Batch established the Best of the Batch Foundation, giving back to those in the Steel Valley area in many ways, including educational programs.

“I am in a rare situation where I am home playing football,” said Batch. “To be so close to home and be able to continue to do what we are doing with the foundation and make an impact on the community is special because there are so many people involved and believe in our cause.

“I am extremely proud to be from the area. There are so many great people from there, not only in sports but in business. To have an opportunity to be around those people, and those trying to make an impact in that area, we are trying to do our small part but understand there is more that needs to be done.”


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Ladies learn the finer points of football

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 30, 2012 – 9:10 pm

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For Isaac Redman, teaching ladies about football at the Steelers Dean’s Dairy Women’s 202 at the team’s practice facility was a no-brainer.

After all, it was a woman that first taught Redman about football.

“Growing up my mom was the one that taught me how to play football,” said Redman. “My dad never watched football. He doesn’t know anything about it. I have a good appreciation for women that love football. She taught me the ins and outs.”

Redman would spend Saturday and Sunday afternoons watching football with his mom, Leslie Redman, and she would explain to him the details. They would also go out in the yard, with her being the first person to put a ball in the running back’s hands.

“She taught me how to catch, took me outside and taught me how to do things,” said Redman. “She was the first person to put a ball in my hands. She was the first person who introduced me to it. She loves football and that is where I get the passion from.”

The event kicked off with linebackers coach Keith Butler teaching the ladies defensive techniques in the team meeting room, in particular what the linebackers do.

“It is a little tough for them to know what I am talking about, so I expanded it a little more than when I talk to my linebackers,” said Butler. “The linebackers don’t think I am talking Chinese, but the ladies might think I am. I was simple with it, explained things to them.

“It’s a good time. It’s a lot of fun.”

After that the ladies had an opportunity to see the Steelers’ six Super Bowl trophies, and then it was off for a tour of the team’s locker room.

“It gets us closer to the team being here,” said Dorothy Pack, from Elizabethville, Pa. “You feel a real closeness to everybody around. You get to learn the guys more up close and personal.

“Plus, now I can be at a game, whether it’s home or away, and I can say to my husband they did this or that. It’s because they teach you. You understand the plays.”

After the tour, it was down to business as Redman, along with Larry Foote and Shaun Suisham, provided on-field instruction for the ladies teaching them the finer points of their positions.

“I love it,” said Foote. “Those women are serious about it. It’s good giving them a little insight they don’t see every day. I tell people there is no place in the world where you can actually have a conversation about football with a woman other than Pittsburgh. You can’t do that anywhere else. That is a special thing.”
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