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Fire Haley
10-28-2008, 12:41 PM
Woo-hoo!

Maybe we're not doomed.


Steelers' Holmes will start against Redskins
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Santonio Holmes will return to start for the Steelers Monday against the Redskins in Washington, coach Mike Tomlin said today.

Tomlin made Holmes inactive for Sunday's game against the New York Giants after the wide receiver was charged with marijuana possession last Thursday.

http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/pg/08302/923456-100.stm

Dino 6 Rings
10-28-2008, 12:42 PM
Is this pending a decision by the NFL home office or is he officially cleared for the rest of the year?

Edman
10-28-2008, 12:47 PM
That's good news. The offense REALLY missed him. I think that's one of the reasons why the slants were not called. Nobody on the team does that better than Santo.

SteelMember
10-28-2008, 12:47 PM
Is this pending a decision by the NFL home office or is he officially cleared for the rest of the year?

I'm sure roger was just waiting for this so he can levy the "league punishment".

I'm not totally convinced he will play...this week anyway. I hope i'm wrong.

jjpro11
10-28-2008, 12:49 PM
suspensions usually arent immediate.. so even if goodell said he was suspended one game, holmes would likely appeal and end up serving it weeks later.. matt jones still has not starting serving the suspension he received a couple weeks ago.

Fire Haley
10-28-2008, 12:50 PM
Is this pending a decision by the NFL home office or is he officially cleared for the rest of the year?



This reports tells a little more...


Tomlin meets with Holmes
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes met with head coach Mike Tomlin on Monday and addressed his teammates in regards to an incident last week that caused him to be deactivated for the Giants game.

Holmes was pulled over by Pittsburgh Police because his car was similar to one they were looking for and at the time marijuana was found in his car.

Holmes was deactivated for the Giants game, but after meeting with Tomlin he is expected to start this weekend against the Washington Redskins.

“Santonio came in to visit with me yesterday morning,” said Tomlin. “It was a very productive meeting from my standpoint. As a football team and an organization in terms of our view of the situation, we have laid it to bed. Satisfactory action has been taken from our standpoint. We had a team meeting yesterday and he addressed his peers about the issue. He released a statement that expressed his feelings about the issue.”

Tomlin said part of the reason for deactivating Holmes was to eliminate distractions as they prepared for games.

“For us we are moving forward,” said Tomlin. “All in all the whole way we approached this thing was to minimize the distractions for our football team. I thought that we did that. We came in and dealt with it yesterday and put it behind us. Tomorrow we move forward as a team and he will be included with that. “

No action has been taken against Holmes by the NFL and if there is any, it won’t be until the case has been finalized.

“In terms of what action the league will take it really depends on the outcome of the criminal case,” said Tomlin. “We’ll let that process run its course. From our standpoint we dealt with it sufficiently. That kind of outlines the steps we took and he took and we’ll move forward.”

Tomlin would not discuss if the Steelers fined Holmes, choosing to keep that matter in-house. He also said he is not concerned with reported concerns from the NFL Players Union regarding Holmes being deactivated.


“I am not concerned about their view on whether or not I choose to activate him,” said Tomlin. “We have 53 men on our team. We choose to activate 45 for a particular game. That’s what we chose to do.”

MACH1
10-28-2008, 12:55 PM
Good deal. I figured the NFL would wait until after his court date.

fugawzi
10-28-2008, 01:02 PM
Woo-hoo!Maybe we're not doomed. Santonio Holmes will return to start for the Steelers Monday against the Redskins in Washington, coach Mike Tomlin said today.

GOOD! They need his arse. Hopefully that's the end of his reprimand.

tony hipchest
10-28-2008, 01:49 PM
He also said he is not concerned with reported concerns from the NFL Players Union regarding Holmes being deactivated.


“I am not concerned about their view on whether or not I choose to activate him,” said Tomlin. “We have 53 men on our team. We choose to activate 45 for a particular game. That’s what we chose to do.”i guess he told them where they can stick it.

klick81
10-28-2008, 02:31 PM
I'm hoping he'll serve his suspension against the Bungles.

Fire Haley
10-28-2008, 02:54 PM
No action has been taken against Holmes by the NFL and if there is any, it won’t be until the case has been finalized.

A good lawyer will drag this out till next year.

The Duke
10-28-2008, 02:56 PM
The skins have 3 very good CBs( though I thinks springs won't play). holmes is needed

if parker is back too the offense could get back on track.

oh, but he sucks. nevermind....

stillers4me
10-28-2008, 05:17 PM
I really, really like the Tomlin handles issues. I think he is earning the respect of the team more and more each week.

Preacher
10-28-2008, 05:42 PM
I really, really like the Tomlin handles issues. I think he is earning the respect of the team more and more each week.


You can say that again!

I really get the idea that Tomlin approaches this as, My team, My rules, My say. PERIOD.

I LOVE IT.

steelpride12
10-28-2008, 08:45 PM
Good. Not only that he is starting, but the fact that Holmes and Tomlin had a productive meeting and really sorting things out. Smart move Holmes.

Rhee Rhee
10-29-2008, 03:11 AM
i know some of you have been adamant about suspending santonio holmes for one more game. idk if this is a good call by front office... i thought nate played very well in against the giants... and i wouldn't mind seeing sweed get more playing time..

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3669510

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers won't further punish wide receiver Santonio Holmes for being charged last week with a marijuana-related offense and plan to start him Monday night in Washington.

Holmes, who led the NFL in yards-per-catch last season, was benched for the Steelers' 21-14 loss Sunday to the New York Giants and was not in uniform. He was allowed to return to the team after speaking to his teammates and issuing a public apology on Monday.

The NFL could punish Holmes once his case is resolved, but coach Mike Tomlin said there will be no additional action taken by the team. Tomlin did not say if Holmes was fined, although he likely was.

Holmes, a third-year player out of Ohio State, was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a small amount of marijuana following a police stop Thursday. Holmes has a preliminary hearing before a Pittsburgh district judge on Nov. 24.

"As a football team and an organization, in terms of our view of the situation, we've laid it to bed," Tomlin said Tuesday. "Satisfactory action has been taken from our standpoint. ... For us, we're moving forward."

Tomlin doesn't care if the NFL players' union is unhappy the Steelers chose to effectively suspend Holmes for an issue that is covered by the NFL's substance abuse policy.

"I'm not concerned about their view whether we chose to activate him," Tomlin said. "We've got 53 men on the team. We chose to activate 45 for a particular game. That's what we chose to do and move forward."

The Steelers never said before the Giants' game that Holmes was suspended, instead handling the matter by deactivating him.

Holmes' absence hurt the Steelers' offense during a game in which, except for a 65-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington on Pittsburgh's first play of the second half, Ben Roethlisberger did not complete a pass to a wide receiver longer than 14 yards.

Roethlisberger was under a heavy pass rush and was sacked five times, pushing his season total to 23 -- third most in the league.

As a result, Roethlisberger is dealing again with a sore right shoulder -- he was diagnosed several weeks ago with a slight separation -- and may officially return to the team's injury list Wednesday.

Roethlisberger may not practice Wednesday or Thursday because the Steelers have an extra day to prepare for the Monday night game.

"Same thing, right shoulder," Tomlin said of Roethlisberger's injury. "That's going to continue to be week to week. It was better last week because he rarely got hit [Oct. 19] versus the Bengals. He got hit a few times on Sunday. We'll see how he feels when he comes in here on Wednesday."

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Galax Steeler
10-29-2008, 03:44 AM
I hope Holmes can put last week behind him and has a big game against the skins Nate played a good game in his absence but I am glad to see Holmes back.

lamberts-lost-tooth
10-29-2008, 09:09 AM
Holmes to start Monday night
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, October 29, 2008


• Wide receiver Santonio Holmes will start Monday night after missing a game because of a traffic stop last week that resulted in a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession for the third-year veteran. Holmes apologized to his teammates during a meeting Monday. The Steelers' second-leading receiver also apologized in a two-paragraph statement that the team issued. "From our standpoint, we dealt with it sufficiently, and we're ready to move forward," said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, whose team plays the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Tomlin declined to say whether he had fined Holmes, who didn't play in the Steelers' 21-14 loss to the Giants last Sunday. Holmes could still be disciplined by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy. "In terms of what action the league will take, it really depends on the outcome of the criminal case," Tomlin said. "We'll let that process run its course."


• Ryan Clark is doubtful for the Redskins game because of a dislocated right shoulder, putting Tyrone Carter in line to start at free safety. Clark hurt his shoulder after making a jarring hit on Giants wide receiver Steve Smith. "He is better than we anticipated at this point," Tomlin said. Carter will get the first crack at replacing Clark, and Tomlin said Anthony Smith also is a possibility at free safety if Clark is unable to play. Smith started 10 games in place of the injured Clark in 2007 but lost his starting job late in the season.

• Willie Parker worked out for the Steelers' coaches Tuesday, and the Pro Bowl running back will try to practice today. Parker hasn't played since spraining his left knee Sept. 21 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Steelers anticipated Parker returning to action sooner, but he re-aggravated the injury a couple of weeks ago while working out on his own. Tomlin said Parker looked "very good" yesterday. In addition to Parker, the Steelers will monitor left tackle Marvel Smith (back) and linebacker Keyaron Fox (hamstring) closely this week. Each player has missed the past two games because of injuries, and their status for Monday night is uncertain. Nose tackle Casey Hampton (toe) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) could be limited in practice this week but each are expected to play Monday, Tomlin said.


• Tomlin said he will leave it up to Aaron Smith as far as how much the veteran defensive end works with the team this week. Smith didn't practice last week because of a family issue, but he played against the Giants. "When he's here, he's here," Tomlin said. "He's got some personal issues that he's dealing with at this point that require his attention. We respect the heck out of that. We respect him. We are very much in full support of him and what he's going through."


• Clark is one of five finalists for the NFL's Ed Block Courage Award. The seventh-year veteran missed most of last season with a spleen injury and overcame a harrowing ordeal to return to the playing field. "I think a year ago we were more concerned about his health than dealing with a short-term misery of dealing with an injury," Tomlin said. The other finalists are Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard and New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles.


Digits

0 -- Interceptions Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell has thrown this season.

2 -- Redskins' NFL rank in rushing offense (155.2 yards per game).

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_595706.html

Fire Haley
10-29-2008, 09:41 AM
• Ryan Clark is doubtful for the Redskins game because of a dislocated right shoulder, putting Tyrone Carter in line to start at free safety


Why does the depth chart list Anthony Smith as Clark's back-up at FS?...and Lord Tyrone as Troy's back-up at SS? Did they switch?

Tomlin's doghouse chain is unbreakable.