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mesaSteeler
12-03-2009, 05:52 AM
Steelers' Ward blames analyst in controversy
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_655944.html
By Mark Kaboly, Daily News Sports Editor
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Looking back on it, Hines Ward has a good idea why his comments to Bob Costas on NBC's "Football Night in America" before Sunday's game against Baltimore got so much attention Rodney Harrison.

After Ward spoke his mind about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missing last week's game because of exercise-induced headaches after suffering a concussion the week before, Harrison, a former New England safety and current NBC studio analyst, ripped Ward for his comments.

"... For him to question his quarterback's toughness really shocked me," Harrison said. "If Tom Brady had a hangnail, never would any of the guys question Tom Brady."

Ward wasn't happy with Harrison's remarks and felt that he was the reason why the story was blown out of proportion.

"He stirred up the whole thing with me throwing (Roethlisberger) under the bus," Ward said. "It really wasn't that at all."

Ward said that he thought he didn't say anything wrong and decided to call him mother, Kim Young-hee, to ask her opinion.

"She thought nothing of it," Ward said. "But Rodney Harrison, ex-Patriot, goes out and goes crazy and, 'Well, he threw Ben under the bus.'"

Ward said he did not reach out to try to contact Harrison.

"Why would I talk to him?" Ward said.

Left guard Chris Kemoeatu is hoping his injured knee holds up well enough in practice this week to return to the starting lineup.

Kemoeatu missed his first game in two years since replacing Alan Faneca at left guard because of a strained MCL in his right knee and is hopeful to return Sunday against Oakland.

"Not yet, but we will take it day by day," said Kemoeatu when asked if he is sure he will be back in the lineup.

What is concerning Kemoeatu is his lateral movement. Because he is asked to pull quite a bit, his return may be delayed.

"Some times opening up and moving laterally, it hurts," Kemoeatu said. "I will wear a brace, and hopefully that will help."

The Steelers made another move to address special-teams woes by bringing back Anthony Madison, who spent 2006-08 with the Steelers. Madison was released in training camp and spent time this season with Cleveland and Indianapolis. He was waived by the Colts on Tuesday. To make room for Madison, the Steelers released cornerback Corey Ivy.

The turf at Heinz Field was replaced for the second time this year Saturday following the four WPIAL championship games. Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is thankful that the turf will have a week to settle before getting used, but isn't thrilled that there will be two games played within 24 hours as Pitt hosts Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon.

"It would be much better if it had time to grow in a little," Reed said. "But I can't complain. I just wish there weren't games back-to-back."

The sod was also replaced following the Oct. 18 game against Cleveland.

Dennis Dixon's father was seen on television wearing a circa-1970s Pirates pillbox cap. Dixon said he bought both a black and gold versions of the cap for his father and believes his dad will wear the gold version this week.

The Steelers signed defensive tackle Steve McLendon and running back Justin Vincent to the practice squad and released running back Isaac Redman.

Not practicing for the Steelers were safety Troy Polamalu, linebacker James Farrior, wide receiver Hines Ward and defensive tackle Travis Kirschke.

QUOTABLE

"I think Troy would be upset to be in the same sentence as "unleashing hell." If you know him, there is nothing hellish about him. He doesn't even want you to call him the Tasmanian Devil. It would be more possible to unleash hell without him than it would be with him," Steelers safety Ryan Clark.

DIGITS

3 Times Oakland has gained more than 300 yards in a game this year.

8 Times the Steelers has gained more than 300 yards in a game this year.

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* NFL changes rules for concussions
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* Starkey: Ben, Hines and head injuries

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stlrtruck
12-03-2009, 07:54 AM
Let it go guys!

Once again you've got to recognize that if you even hint at anything the media is going to blow it up to a point that it looks like there's been this in-fighting for decades!

It's not so. Be bigger and better than the media hypers (which isn't too difficult), and move on to the next game!

fansince'76
12-03-2009, 08:13 AM
Enough already. :yawn:

MACH1
12-03-2009, 08:15 AM
:yawn:

The_WARDen
12-03-2009, 08:28 AM
This concerns me..

After losing to the Bungles, they talked about the game all week and then lose to KC.

Now, it's Thursday and they're still talking about the previous game.

Let it go and FOCUS on the Raiders or prepare to get embarassed again.

Nadroj 20
12-03-2009, 08:57 AM
Yea the past is the past and there is no sense dwelling on it, get focused and get ready to take on the Raiders, we CANT have a repeat of what happened against KC,,,,,, GO STEELERS

Angus Burgher
12-03-2009, 10:56 AM
Yes, the media needs to drop this and focus on more important things, like Tiger Woods' marital problems. If Tiger can straighten things out with his wife, then we can exit Iraq, stabilize Afghanistan, create 5 million high-paying jobs, pay off the national deficit, close Guantanamo, reform health care and convince every teenage girl in America that reading the "Twilight" books actually drops your IQ.

It's that important.

Shoes
12-03-2009, 11:23 AM
Let's put this soap opera to bed.

RoethlisBURGHer
12-03-2009, 11:27 AM
Yes, the media needs to drop this and focus on more important things, like Tiger Woods' marital problems. If Tiger can straighten things out with his wife, then we can exit Iraq, stabilize Afghanistan, create 5 million high-paying jobs, pay off the national deficit, close Guantanamo, reform health care and convince every teenage girl in America that reading the "Twilight" books actually drops your IQ.

It's that important.

All the other things you listed have a better chance of successfully happening than that.

Angus Burgher
12-03-2009, 11:38 AM
Very true. :chuckle:

Psyychoward86
12-03-2009, 04:33 PM
Rodney harrison's way of trying to keep the Steelers out of the playoffs during his retirement:coffee:

Angus Burgher
12-03-2009, 05:59 PM
They were just going on about this on NFL Network, debating whether or not Ben was actually hurt since he had his gear on during the game. Deion is such an idiot that he questioned Ben's leadership abilities because he apparently thought Ben isn't a captain on the team and Hines Ward is. Fortunately, Eisen corrected him on this. I typically like Deion's commentary, but I lost a lot of respect for him over this. I wish they would drop this crap. The game is over, the team has moved on... the media needs to stop reading into every minute detail.

If you listen to these idiots, you'd think Ben isn't half the leader that Vince Young is. Give me a break.

steel striker
12-03-2009, 10:27 PM
Is it Sunday yet?

Angus Burgher
12-03-2009, 11:29 PM
Unfortunately, no. Until then, we'll have to endure more endless speculation about the "schism" in the Steelers' locker room, amid reports that Ray Rice is the next Walter Payton and Vince Young is the greatest quarterback of all time.

Come next week, Ben will have 5 more TDs and another W to his credit, Rice will have been held to 45 yards and Young will have thrown 3 INTs in a blowout loss to Indy.

lambertlunaticfan
12-04-2009, 03:32 AM
As my brother would say-Build a bridge and get over it".Lets move onto the next game.And by the way,harrison is a joke on that show.Someone should have told him he is suppose to remain unbias but he is'nT.As you can tell he think he is still playing for the team.:tt:

Glace
12-04-2009, 11:19 AM
Ward said it best himself...."Winning cures everything"

steel striker
12-04-2009, 05:24 PM
It drives me nuts that people still question Ben's toughness/leadership. The guy has helped the steelers win two super bowls and, is cleary one of the leaders on this team. Plus the fact he has endured alot of punishment due to the he plays and, from some poor pass blocking as well. Ben never complains about anything and, is one of the toughest qb's I have ever seen.

markymarc
12-05-2009, 11:06 AM
Time to move on already. Ben and Hines have already worked this out and Ward even apologized to his teammates. Let's just focus on the Raiders now!