Wallace, Farrior earn honors from Steelers
Wide receiver Mike Wallace was named the Steelers' top rookie Wednesday while inside linebacker James Farrior received the honor that is named after team founder Art Rooney.
Farrior, a 13th-year veteran, won the "Chief Award" for his cooperation with the local media. The award is voted on by local members of the Pro Football Writers Association.
Past winners include Ryan Clark, Alan Faneca, Deshea Townsend, Brett Keisel and Hines Ward.
"I've been around this league a long time," Farrior said, "and I understand you've got to take the good with the bad."
Wallace hasn't been around nearly as long but the third-round draft pick has made quite an impact on the Steelers.
Wallace leads the Steelers in yards per catch (18.7), and his 692 receiving yards are the most among rookies in the AFC. In winning the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award" in a unanimous vote, Wallace joins a list of past honorees that includes Santonio Holmes, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu.
"I think I have a long way to go," said Wallace, who admittedly is still learning the Steelers' offense. "I'm going to get a lot better in the offseason."
» Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu practiced on a limited basis Wednesday but later conceded that time may be running out on his bid to return to the field this season. Polamalu has missed the last six games with a strained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee. He said he needs to practice at least once to be able to play Sunday in the 1 p.m. game against the Dolphins.
"Truthfully it feels a lot better than it did last week, so there's some progress being made," said Polamalu, who needs to show he can cut on the knee he has hurt twice this season before playing on it. "(Today) we'll see how it feels and hopefully it gets better and better and my body's able to adjust."
Polamalu said if he does not get a full practice in today that doesn't necessarily mean he won't play against the Dolphins.
"I've only practiced on Fridays and played before," the five-time Pro Bowler said.
» Wide receiver Hines Ward (hamstring), defensive end Brett Keisel (neck), defensive end Travis Kirschke (calf) and left guard Chris Kemoeatu (wrist) didn't practice yesterday because of injuries. Ward is nursing hamstring injuries in both legs. Before rushing to a meeting following practice, Ward said, "Am I playing• How do I feel• Good." Inside linebacker James Farrior didn't practice yesterday as coach Mike Tomlin gave him a veteran's day off.
» Running back Willie Parker said he is "definitely playing this week" despite a shoulder injury that limited him in practice yesterday. Tomlin said Tuesday that the injury would keep Parker from playing against the Dolphins. Kemoeatu said he is hopeful that his left wrist will be strong enough for him to play Sunday. Kemoeatu, who has missed the last two games, said he will try to practice today.
2 — Stefan Logan's rank among AFC kickoff returners with an average of 26.6 yards
73 — Combined points in which the Steelers have outscored the opposition in the first half this season
"Some people say I started off slow this year. I'm playing pretty strong in the second half. It's kind of a popularity-type thing to me." — Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley on not making the Pro Bowl despite having 11.5 sacks, third most in the AFC.
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.
- LeBeau won’t join Cardinals coaching staff
- Increasing pressure on QBs will be offseason focus for Steelers
- Steelers, Roethlisberger to work on contract extension this offseason
- Game changers: Penalties aid Ravens’ first-half drives
- Steelers’ unrestricted free agent Moats proves worth at linebacker
- Steelers sign CFL defensive end Lemon
- Steelers’ Rooney ‘not expecting a problem’ with new Big Ben deal
- Steelers sign punter Wing to 1-year extension