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BlitzburghRockCity
09-06-2005, 12:41 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/sports/steelerslive/s_371092.html

Linebacker Joey Porter went through an entire practice Monday for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Aug. 10. Porter did not commit to playing in the opener Sunday against Tennessee, referring all injury questions to coach Bill Cowher . Porter said he didn't experience any problems after yesterday's practice. When asked if he's close to 100 percent, Porter shot back quickly. "You have to ask coach Cowher. I don't do percentages. He does my percentages."

# Running backs Jerome Bettis (calf) and Duce Staley (knee) also await their fate for the opener. Staley participated in individual drills for the first time since tearing his lateral meniscus Aug. 8.

Said Bettis, who injured the calf Aug. 26 in a preseason game at Washington: "I felt pretty good, other than that, I'm going to have to defer to upstairs and talk to coach Cowher about that one, but I feel pretty good."


Added Staley: "I feel good. I feel good. I would love to get out there, but I can't go and hurt myself and the team." Cowher said he plans to list Bettis as questionable for the season opener. He also said he won't rush Staley back.

Black-n-Gold
09-06-2005, 01:05 AM
I'd love to see Porter back on Sunday, I'm sure Cowher will have himr est a week. The defense was impressive in the preseason without him, having him back will be interesting. Knowing Bettis, he'll be in the game if he has any word in the decision. Defenitely some good news.

Koopa
09-06-2005, 01:15 AM
i'm pretty sure porter will play, they probably just trying to put the other team on their heels waiting to see if he'll play, i hope duce waits, for two reason, one i want to see willie get a lot of carries and two i don't want him to rush anything and hurt himself even more and him be out longer. bettis i'm sure they won't even attempt to bring him back this week.

BlitzburghRockCity
09-06-2005, 01:18 AM
I worry more about the running game w/out our starters than I do about the LB's. Joey is a beast, and has proven that many times over..but Harrison is a very cabable LB as well and getting better every game he plays.. He's definately MORE than adequate to fill in for Joey till he's ready.

figg
09-06-2005, 03:15 AM
Thats good news hopefully Cowher rotate's him and Harrison.
BTW Rian Wallace changed his number again :hunch:

He went from 97 to 94 and now 54. :grin:

Prosdo
09-06-2005, 08:59 AM
I'm with Blitz. I am more concerned about the runningbacks. Joey has a very good backup in Harrison. Our runningback position is shakey in my opinion. I do want to see Willie start but I wish Bettis was in the mix for short yardage. Hoping he will be able to play Sunday.

Koopa
09-06-2005, 04:07 PM
there ain't going to be no need for a short yardage back, willie is just going to burn everyone with his blazen speed, lol, well i guess i'm being to optimistic but oh well, i hope bettis will be ready too, so he can have another 3 touchdown 1 yard game

clevestinks
09-06-2005, 04:25 PM
Porter back would be awesome. Bettis back would be great. Staley??? I am starting to question his heart a bit. I know he is hurt. But just his halfed ass answer. We hopefully wont be needing his services much longer. Parker.

Blitzburgh55
09-06-2005, 05:52 PM
Thank god we need porterr back

Suitanim
09-06-2005, 06:07 PM
Porter will be back and ready...Cowher would be wise to hold Duce until after the bye week. If Parker doesn't get the job done (although I expect he'll be fine), it will be tempting to put Duce back in, but if Parker can't do the job, Staley just became that much more valuable.

SteelersWyo
09-06-2005, 06:25 PM
I think they could all use an extra week to get healthy. Put them on the bench. Making things worse this early in the season by aggrevating injuries will haunt us later in the season. We have a week 4 bye and I think if we hit that point at 2-1 the season will be fine. Get one or more of those 3 players hurt worse and cost them 1/2 of the season we are doomed. Tennessee is not that strong to get ourselves worked up about.

Suitanim
09-06-2005, 06:38 PM
Oh, yeah, Wyo...I meant that Porter should be shuffled in with Harrison, to keep both healthy. I doubt God himself could keep Joey Porter on the sideline, though...

atlsteelers
09-06-2005, 07:58 PM
i got my 55 jersey ready to go for the season opener.

Black-n-Gold
09-06-2005, 11:39 PM
I was trying to find a Porter jersey around here, but could only find a good ol' #86.

Koopa
09-07-2005, 12:07 AM
shit i hope mine comes in by sunday, i ordered a hines ward yesterday, punks better send it before sunday. i was thinkin about getting porter or polamalu, but all i could find on the site i ordered it from was hines and ben so i went with ward.

Black-n-Gold
09-07-2005, 12:21 AM
Same here, in fact it was priority shipped so if I don't recieve it by Friday they'll be getting a call.