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Old 08-23-2006, 12:18 PM   #1
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Starting cornerback Deshea Townsend has a slight fracture of his right thumb and will not play in the Steelers' preseason game Friday at Philadelphia, coach Bill Cowher said Wednesday.

Cowher, speaking at his weekly news conference from training camp, said he is "optimistic" Townsend will be ready for the season opener Sept. 7 against Miami. Townsend injured the thumb making an interception in practice Tuesday.

Receiver Hines Ward (hamstring) also will sit out the Philadelphia game - and likely the preseason finale against Carolina - but Cowher also is optimistic Ward will be close to 100 percent for the opener.

Cowher also said that starting tailback Willie Parker has a good chance to remain in games in short-yardage situations, as the team has not settled on a replacement for Jerome Bettis in such situations.


like u guys i rate townsend he is a solid player lets hope he recovers quickly :)
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Old 08-23-2006, 01:19 PM   #2
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Starting cornerback Deshea Townsend has a slight fracture of his right thumb and will not play in the Steelers' preseason game Friday at Philadelphia, coach Bill Cowher said Wednesday.
What is it with this team and their thumbs!!!!
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Old 08-23-2006, 01:57 PM   #3
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Not to sound cold, but it will be nice to see more of McFadden.
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Old 08-23-2006, 02:18 PM   #4
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They all need thumb helmets!!!!!
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well Townsend can always go to Ben for help with his thumb... If Ben can play with a sore thumb then i think Townsend will be fine
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This could be a blessing in disguise--getting more playing time for McFadden. (I like Townsend too but we all know the spot is going to McFadden eventually.)
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Just glad its only a SLIGHT fracture....
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http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_467102.html

Some Porter quotes -

"I've been here; I've been here the whole time," Porter said. "(Holding out) was something that was not going to happen. If I was angry or grumpy or something, I wouldn't have been here. ... I don't know what the argument is about. I'm here, I'm talking to all my coaches, I'm happy. I'm still breaking the team down, and my leadership role hasn't changed. I'm still out there doing my thing."

"When you guys don't have a thumb or wreck to talk about, you're going to look for the next best thing and create a story," Porter said. "Well, I don't have a story for you."

Hines Ward chips in -

Wide receiver Hines Ward, who held out of training camp last year when he had one year left on his deal, said neither Porter's words nor his contract situation have been issues this summer.

"Players don't read much into it," Ward said. "He showed up on time. He's here, he's working his butt off, he's rehabbed (his knee injury), and he's out there being a leader. What he says doesn't concern us because we know what Joey is going to bring to the table each and every weekend."
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Porter is right. Atleast he is at practice, and playing. If he is bitter, atleast he will show it on the field!
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"Players don't read much into it," Ward said. "He showed up on time. He's here, he's working his butt off, he's rehabbed (his knee injury), and he's out there being a leader. What he says doesn't concern us because we know what Joey is going to bring to the table each and every weekend."
Right on the money Hines!
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