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Tag:Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted on: June 28, 2010 2:14 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 3:44 pm
 

Colon injures Achilles

According to Adam Caplan of scout.com , Steelers RT Willie Colon suffered an Achilles injury while working out Monday.

Updates, I’m sure, will follow in the next day or two.

UPDATE (3:42 p.m. ET): According to Rapid Reporter Brian Carson , Colon left the Steelers practice facility on crutches, and it's believed he has an Achilles tear - which would end his season. 


--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 24, 2010 12:04 am
 

What Ward expects from Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Hines Ward never seems at a loss for words, and if he believes something, he’s not afraid to share his views with you. Thus, as Pro Football Talk writes, he made an interesting comment Wednesday on the NFL Network’s Total Access regarding Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.

"A lot of players really don't know the situation, other than what we hear in the news or the media," Ward said.  "I think when he addresses the whole team going into training camp, we can all put it behind us and move forward."

Not if he addresses the whole team, but when he addresses the whole team.

I’m not sure why the team needs to hear about the incident that occurred in Georgia, and I wonder if Ward – who hasn’t shied away from discussing Roethlisberger in the past (you might remember this incident, as preserved by Fanhouse – is simply needling the QB that’s not so popular with his Steelers teammates. Legally, it also would be the height of stupidity for Roethlisberger to speak on this subject.

Forget “if” and “when.” Try “not going to happen.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Two stories that make the NFL sad

Some bad PR news for the NFL today.

Story No. 1:
Forbes.com released its list of most-disliked athletes, and those with NFL affiliations sat in four of the top-five places. No. 1 was Eagles QB Michael Vick (for obvious reasons, a 69 percent disapproval rating). No. 2 was Raiders owner Al Davis (66 percent), No. 3 was Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (a 59 percent disapproval rating, but with the photo the web site ran, that should be closer to 100 percent), and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (53 percent) roped himself into the No. 5 spot. Golfer Tiger Woods, for those who are interested, was No. 4.

I was a little surprised there continues to be such vitriol for Davis. Forbes.com writes he’s “A football owner who's always walked to the beat of his own drum. Davis has signed renegade players and yanked his team back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles, spurring lawsuits and run-ins with the league. And his ‘Just win, baby’ mantra hasn't been working in recent years.” Yet, this seems like old news to me.

With some smart draft picks this year, Davis has won back a little respect. If the Raiders can improve on their five-win season from a year ago, he might not reside in the top-five for much longer.

The Facts & Rumors blog congratulates all winners.

Story No. 2:
ESPN.com has a story that might make some NFL players awfully nervous. According to investigative reporter Mike Fish , more evidence has been found that link league players with Dr. Anthony Galea, a former team doctor with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts who has been accused of supplying players with the banned substance HGH.

Fish writes:

According to court documents ESPN obtained Monday, the lengthy list of items authorities seized (from Galea during a search of his office in October) includes an "NFL file folder," "Professional Players Journal" and "daytimer with football dates.”

The seven-page document filed with the Canadian court after the execution of the October search warrant does not identify any patients by name.


But the Buffalo News reported last month that WR Santana Moss has been treated by Galea. Are there others who are waiting with bated breath to see if their names are released? The odds say: yes.


--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 1:26 pm
 

Woodson tries his hand at coaching

CINCINNATI – Rod Woodson is one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history. He’s an 11-time Pro Bowler – at three different positions, mind you – and he was All-Pro as a CB and a FS. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year on the strength of 71 career interceptions – including eight for Oakland when he was 37 years old.

But as great as he was, he found himself this week starting on the bottom rung of the coaching ladder. He was fitted with unfamiliar clothes, and though he received instant respect from anybody that walked within 15 feet of him, he’s a coaching intern and he knows he’s the lowest of the low.

“It doesn’t bother me,” he told CBSSports.com this week. “You have to start somewhere. I came in the league as a rookie, and you were frowned upon as a rookie. I had to work my way up. Hard work for me isn’t a problem. I know a lot of football, but it’s a process of learning how to coach. The players are going to take what they want to take from you. They won’t take everything. As a coach, you have to realize that.”

Woodson spoke with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis in January, and despite working as an analyst for the NFL Network and the Big Ten Network, he said he was ready to give coaching a try. The internship, which began this week for mini-camp and will continue through training camp in July and August, was a way for him to test the waters.

“I’ve got five kids, and I know the commitment coaches have to make,” said Woodson, whose oldest is a sophomore in college and whose youngest is 10. “That’s a deterrent at times. But for me to impact the young players’ lives outside of football is huge. You don’t have to be an ex-player to be a good coach, but I like to see a lot of ex-players come back that can give something to the players outside of football.”

Already, the former Pittsburgh Steelers great is making an impact on the players he’s now coaching.

“You immediately give that guy respect no matter what, just because of his production,” said SS Chinedum Ndukwe. “You can tell in the meeting rooms – he’ll break stuff down for us. He understands the game, and he still knows it. I think he still has the itch. I think if he could still play, he would do it.”

Secondary coach Kevin Coyle introduced his players to Woodson by showing them his stats during a DBs meeting. Immediately, Woodson, though he admitted it was strange to wear Bengals gear, immersed himself into the team.

“Can he be a coach of guys who don’t take it as seriously as he did? Because he took it very seriously,” Lewis said. “That’s the fun part of it. It didn’t take long for him to start coaching out there. He has so much to offer. His notes were like an encyclopedia. He’ll teach people how to learn.”

Woodson’s philosophy is to be a conduit between the players and the coaches.

“Trying to slow the game down and put it in layman’s terms when the coaches are speaking,” Woodson said. “When the coaches say one thing, players think another. Sometimes you have to try to find an even keel. Hopefully, I can try to bridge that gap. I think I’ve been out of the game long enough to know what the coaches really want. I’m trying to tell them what it took for me to get to the next level. That doesn’t really change over the years.”

First, though, Woodson will have to decide if coaching is a vocation he really wants to pursue.

“The only way to do it is to do it,” Lewis said. “He’s going to commit himself to do it. Only thing he can experience is training camp and this. He’ll know. He’ll have a great idea of it.”


--Josh Katzowitz

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