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SteelCityMom
10-29-2011, 09:19 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT) wide receiver Hines Ward (http://www.nfl.com/players/hinesward/profile?id=WAR179227) is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday against New England because of an ankle injury, a league source told NFL Network's Albert Breer on Friday.

Ward, who did not practice all week, is officially listed as questionable after telling NFL Network on Wednesday that he did not suffer the dreaded high ankle sprain and pointing at the absence of a walking boot as an indication of his progress.

"It will take a lot," Ward said Wednesday when asked about potentially missing the New England game. "I don't particularly like missing any ball games. But at the same time, you have to be smart. For me, I'm going to work my tail off to get back on the field."

Linebacker James Harrison, who has been sidelined since suffering a broken eye socket on Oct 2, will not play again. The Steelers also ruled out defensive tackle Chris Hoke (http://www.nfl.com/players/chrishoke/profile?id=HOK264111) (neck), guard Doug Legursky (http://www.nfl.com/players/douglegursky/profile?id=LEG780748) (toe) and linebacker Jason Worilds (http://www.nfl.com/players/jasonworilds/profile?id=WOR401085) (quad). Linebacker James Farrior (http://www.nfl.com/players/jamesfarrior/profile?id=FAR709765) (calf) was listed as questionable.

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo (http://www.nfl.com/players/jerodmayo/profile?id=MAY651489) (knee) is expected to have a shot to play, a league source told Breer. Mayo has been limited in practice this week.

Patriots defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (http://www.nfl.com/players/alberthaynesworth/profile?id=HAY746506) (back), running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (http://www.nfl.com/players/benjarvusgreen-ellis/profile?id=GRE532094) (toe) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (http://www.nfl.com/players/sebastianvollmer/profile?id=VOL358482) (back) were all listed as questionable after being limited in practice this week.

Rookie cornerback Ras-I Dowling (http://www.nfl.com/players/ras-idowling/profile?id=DOW584478) (hip) was listed as doubtful after missing the last two practices.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8238ed02/article/ankle-injury-expected-to-sideline-steelers-ward-vs-pats?module=HP11_headline_stack

Bayz101
10-29-2011, 10:07 AM
Wow. Great news...I noticed a considerable drop in offensive production after Hines Ward's injury last game, so this worries me. But hey, we have young guns. Guess it's time for them to prove there spot.

Thanks for the update!

ETL
10-29-2011, 10:19 AM
Wow. Great news...I noticed a considerable drop in offensive production after Hines Ward's injury last game, so this worries me. But hey, we have young guns. Guess it's time for them to prove there spot.

Thanks for the update!


"Great news"?!?!?!

Bayz101
10-29-2011, 10:21 AM
"Great news"?!?!?!

No, that was entirely sarcastic. I added the three periods for that reason, but adding extra periods nowadays is a trend.

Damn bath salts!

California-Steel
10-29-2011, 01:23 PM
This could work to the Steelers advantage. The pats seem to know the Steelers tendencies since they play them so much and have a ton of film on them. With the lot of new guys that will be on the field this Sunday those tendencies won't be there. They don't have film on any of the new guys so they won't have any keys to tip them off to much. In a way for this game only I like that we have a bunch of new guys on the field. I think it just might be what is needed. Now lets hope the new guys studied the playbook and that everyone is on the same page.

NoFieldFive
10-29-2011, 01:56 PM
how does a toe keep Legursky out for several games but Ben plays with a broken foot?

PhantomJB93
10-29-2011, 01:59 PM
This could be a blessing in disguise, not that I don't like Hines but maybe Arians will actually do something different with his gameplan with a major component of the offense on the bench (probably not though)...

Fire Arians
10-29-2011, 02:14 PM
hope manny sanders can step up

davidtrout
10-29-2011, 02:33 PM
how does a toe keep Legursky out for several games but Ben plays with a broken foot?

If you'd ever broken or dislocated a toe, you'd understand. I dislocated my big toe when I was a teenager (better known as "turf toe") and I couldn't stand up on my own. I had zero balance. It wasn't painful, at least not after the initial injury, but it took a long time to heal and was the most physically limiting injury I've ever had. Walking was just out of the question for at least a month.

tony hipchest
10-29-2011, 07:55 PM
how does a toe keep Legursky out for several games but Ben plays with a broken foot?

have you seen his nasty assed dislocated toe?

http://twitter.com/#!/Legursky/media/slideshow?url=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitpic.com%2F72a7n0

tanda10506
10-29-2011, 07:59 PM
If Hines says he's going to try to play, he will. I highly doubt he will be the #2 receiver though. He will probably play 3rd and mainly come in on 3rd downs. Is Worilds ever going to be back, damn? Farrior is questionable with a bad calve, I don't know if this is good or bad, Farrior always gets burnt and definetly will if hurt, but Sylverster would be exposed by Brady. Either way I don't like it, IMO stick with Nickel and Dime. Green Ellis, (what's with so many men having two last names all of a sudden about anyway?), being out helps a bit if he actually misses the game. Their defense is real bad, if Mayo and/or Haynesworth are out, even just one of them, we should be able to run somewhat well. As for the CB's, they didn't have one that could cover really any of our receivers or that Ben wouldn't expose, so I don't think it matters much.

mizzouristeeler
10-29-2011, 08:02 PM
At least one of the faster recievers can catch the bubble screen. :chuckle:

steelerchad
10-29-2011, 10:04 PM
how does a toe keep Legursky out for several games but Ben plays with a broken foot?

A toe ended Jack Lambert's career.

Rick5895
10-30-2011, 08:22 AM
how does a toe keep Legursky out for several games but Ben plays with a broken foot?

Toe injuries are some of the most painful, you cant drive off the foot (something very essential for an OL).....and BTW "turf toe" led to the retirement of the best MLB of all time, JACK LAMBERT.

BengalDestroyer
10-30-2011, 08:55 AM
Antonio Brown delivers (My little bro and I now call him UPS!) and E Man will do fine also, let's not forget about our other tough veteran Cotchery. I know he's no Ward and this is his first year with us but who knows... He used to play the Gaytriots twice a year.

What makes me nervous is Farriors injury. They haven't really given Sylvester any playing time so, if it's his job today - Let's Go 55!

I wish Worilds would get healthy or Silverback came back sooner so Timmons could be where he's supposed to be.

FanSince72
10-30-2011, 09:35 AM
I can remember a time whent an announcement about Ward not being able to play (or to play at less than 100%) meant that our passing game was severely crippled.

But now it doesn't seem so devastating.

I love Hines and what he's done for this team but I no longer see him as the most important receiver on the field.
I feel very good about Wallace, Brown and Sanders to the point where even though I'd still love to see Hines out there, it's not a major game-changer if he isn't.

Our little team is growing up! :sofunny:

SteelCityMom
10-30-2011, 10:24 AM
Ward and Farrior will not be playing today.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11303/1186305-100.stm?cmpid=steelers.xml

therocksteeler
10-30-2011, 10:50 AM
Ward and Farrior will not be playing today.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11303/1186305-100.stm?cmpid=steelers.xml

Dang I was hoping Ward's night or two in his Hyperbarick Chamber may help. Well younger players time to shine!

:tt02:

steelfury02
10-30-2011, 11:32 AM
unless we go out of our way to get to Brady at all costs and actually play up to our potential on offense for four quarters nothing else matters. Completing 1 of those 2 tasks wont be enough.

Don't worry, Bruce Arians will find a way to stop using what works.

I'm totally open for being blasted in here if we win . . .in fact, I'm praying for it.

tanda10506
10-30-2011, 12:06 PM
Ward and Farrior will not be playing today.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11303/1186305-100.stm?cmpid=steelers.xml

I think we are underestimating how important the things Ward does for us are against the Pats. First of all, nobody on offense has his leadership and this is a game where we may very well need it. I'm not sure of the stats, but the eye test says we are not great in the redzone, Hines is usually the guy making the catch in the redzone/endzone, so in a way we just got even worse. Hines knows how to get open when it counts, 3rd down or a coming from behind drive, he's often the one in the middle of the field picking up 25 yards. I hope the young guys and Cotchery can step up and make plays, being that Ben has only thrown to Cotchery a few times in an actual game makes me nervous too. Farrior being out is a lose/lose situation. If he was in he would have been 5 steps behind a TE or slot receiver all day, but the problem is we are thin at LB and the only guy to replace him is Sylvester. Now I've been wanting Sylvester to start getting a lot more playing time, I was in favor of starting him in the middle when Timmons moved to the edge, BUT NOT AGAINST BRADY. I hope they just send him blitzing a lot and don't put him in coverage situations. Of all games that we have 3 LB's out, damn. I was very confident that we could win this game, but when you lose your two biggest veteran leadership players, one on each side of the ball, it makes it hard to have the confidence. Don't get me wrong, we can still win and hopefully we will, but it just got a lot harder.