Steelers notebook: Mendenhall, Redman, Dwyer sit out practice
No Rashard Mendenhall, no Isaac Redman, no Jonathan Dwyer.
The Steelers were without their top three running backs Wednesday as they resumed practicing, Mendenhall (Achilles) and Redman (ankle) with injuries that sidelined them last week. Dwyer was out for personal reasons.
Kicker Shaun Suisham (ankle) was added to the injury list.
Maurkice Pouncey's right knee was heavily wrapped, but the 2011 All-Pro center went through practice without problems and is certain he will return Sunday. He hasn't played since injuring his MCL in the first quarter in Tennessee on Oct. 11.
“I've had 12 days off, so it's feeling pretty good,” Pouncey said.
Redskins' defense porous
While quarterback Robert Griffin III is a unique talent, the Redskins (3-4) certainly aren't unbeatable.
The Bengals, who mounted little offensively against the Steelers last weekend, won in Washington, 38-31, as Andy Dalton threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns.
Maybe the way to shut down RGIII is to keep the ball out of his hands. The Redskins' defense has allowed five touchdown passes of 34 yards or longer, including an Eli Manning to Victor Cruz 77-yarder Sunday for the Giants.
Chris Rainey, arguably the Steelers' fastest offensive player, said he would be mimicking Griffin in practice.
Moss still a threat
Santana Moss was a high-profile pickup when the Redskins acquired him in a 2005 trade with the Jets, and he had a career-high 84 receptions that season.
He fills a lesser role now in an offense that revolves around Griffin and running back Alfred Morris, who is second in the NFL in rushing. But former teammate Ryan Clark said Moss (19 catches, four TDs, 15.3 yards per catch) remains a threat as a slot receiver.
“He's much more savvy, his route running is a lot better, and he's shown a lot more toughness,” Clark said.
Call them the Steelers' iron men: Left guard Willie Colon, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and left tackle Max Starks have yet to miss an offensive snap. Tight end Heath Miller and linebacker Lawrence Timmons have missed only one snap.
The Chief honored
A plaque honoring Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. to displayed near Rooney Field at Duquesne University was unveiled Wednesday.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's “Hometown Hall of Famers” program is honoring the Hall of Famers in the communities where they got their start. Former Steelers players Mel Blount and John Stallworth recently had plaques unveiled in their hometowns.
“It's great now they will have a piece of the Hall of Fame in their hometowns,” said Steelers president Art Rooney II, the grandson of the late Rooney Sr.
Facing option-style offense
Defensive end Brett Keisel has been with the Steelers for 10 years, but this is the first time he has gone against an option-style offense like Washington's. The Redskins often line up Griffin in a shotgun formation with Morris behind him, an alignment known the pistol.
“The last time I played a team like that was when I was in college, and we played Air Force; they used to run the wing-T,” Keisel said. “Their offensive line does a lot of … turning and running, cutting you backside, Denver did it a little bit last year.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers not limiting themselves in free agency
- Big names become available this week via free agency; will Steelers be tempted?
- Steelers restructure Gilbert, Mitchell contracts; Pouncey close
- Steelers’ decision for NFL Draft: Pass rusher or cornerback?
- Steelers’ Harrison announces desire to play one more year
- Depth a concern for Steelers’ Colbert