12/24/2010 1:36:00 AM et
Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Ben Roethlisberger did not re-break his nose when he was temporarily forced from Thursday's game without missing an offensive snap.
Roethlisberger's own helmet hit the bridge of his nose, causing it to bleed. The doctor that did Big Ben's surgery determined that the gash was not serious enough to merit an X-ray Thursday night. The banged up QB could use some rest, but he won't get it in Week 17 unless the Browns upset the Ravens this week.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

12/24/2010 12:51:00 AM et
Steelers LT Jonathan Scott was pulled for veteran Trai Essex after whiffing on a block in the fist possession of Thursday's game.
Scott returned on the second possession, but this is the second time he's been yanked in two weeks. The Steelers need more consistent blocking out of their left tackle. If Essex was an upgrade, though, the move would already have been made.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

12/24/2010 12:04:00 AM et
Heath Miller broke out for a season-high 73 yards on five receptions against the Panthers in Week 16.
The Steelers made it a point to get Miller involved against a team that struggles against tight ends, and it paid off handsomely. Miller worked over the Panthers' linebackers, getting open seemingly at will down the seam. He had a shot for a score, but Ben Roethlisberger overthrew him in the end zone. Miller is still just a TE2 option at Cleveland in the season finale.

12/24/2010 12:01:00 AM et
Emmanuel Sanders caught four passes for 54 yards against the Panthers in Week 16.
Sanders made an impressive touchdown grab in traffic only to have it overturned on replay when it was determined that he lost control of the ball when it hit the ground. He was tackled inches shy of the goal line a few series later. A much-needed second playmaker, Sanders is gaining Ben Roethlisberger's trust while earning a more significant role in the passing game.

12/23/2010 11:57:00 PM et
Hines Ward was held to just 38 yards on three receptions against the Panthers in Week 16.
Ward drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone and had another touchdown knocked out of his hands at the last second. While Emmanuel Sanders is starting to eat into his production, Ward still led the team with eight targets. He remains valuable to the Steelers as a possession receiver, but he's no longer a WR3 option after losing after-the-catch ability this season.

12/23/2010 11:54:00 PM et
Mike Wallace caught four passes for 104 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers in Week 16.
Wallace and Ben Roethlisberger tied the franchise record with their seventh touchdown connection of 40+ yards on a hot route in the second quarter. Wallace simply outran the Panthers defense. He made a nice adjustment later in the quarter for another 40-yard bomb. A top-10 fantasy receiver, Wallace is up to 57 receptions, 1,152 yards, and nine TDs in a true breakout season.

12/23/2010 11:49:00 PM et
Rashard Mendenhall rushed 18 times for 65 yards and a touchdown and added two receptions for 18 yards against the Panthers in Week 16.
It could have been a monster game for Mendenhall. He broke off a 34-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage, more than half of his total for the night. Hines Ward drew a pass interference penalty to set up a prime opportunity at the 1-yard line, but Mendenhall was stuffed on two straight runs at the stripe. As long as the Ravens win this week, the Steelers will have to win at Cleveland next week to lock up the AFC North. Mendenhall, up to 310 carries, 1,238 yards, and 11 TDs, would receive a full complement of carries in that scenario.

12/23/2010 11:41:00 PM et
Ben Roethlisberger completed 22-of-32 passes for 320 yards and one touchdown while adding a second score on the ground to lead the Steelers to a 27-3 victory over the Panthers in a dominant Week 16 performance.
Shaking off another bloody nose, Big Ben was on fire early, completing 13 of his first 15 passes for 198 yards and a score by late in the second quarter. Both players did a nice job of reading the blitz and changing to a hot route when Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace for a 43-yard touchdown to jump out to a 10-0 lead. Even with a huge lead, play-caller Bruce Arians kept the pedal to the medal until the fourth quarter, allowing Big Ben to clear the 300-yard mark. Roethlisberger travels to Cleveland in Week 17, looking to avenge last year's December debacle.

12/23/2010 11:27:00 PM et
Mewelde Moore was forced from Thursday's game late in the third quarter with a right knee injury.
Moore was writhing in pain on the ground, but he was eventually able to walk off the field. Isaac Redman has come on to close out the game in garbage time. If Moore's injury turns out to be serious, Rashard Mendenhall could pick up every-down value in NFL playoff leagues.

12/23/2010 11:13:00 PM et
Steelers SS Ryan Mundy was shaken up in the fourth quarter of Thursday's game.
Mundy was already started in place of Troy Polamalu, so cornerback Will Allen has been moved to safety. Mundy's injury details aren't clear just yet.