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    Steelers guard Kendall Simmons out for the season

    LATROBE, Pa. - Pittsburgh right guard Kendall Simmons will miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

    Simmons was injured in practice on Wednesday. An MRI exam Thursday morning revealed a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament.

    ``All these things are part of the game,'' coach Bill Cowher said, ``We're not the only ones going through it, everyone's going through it and the one thing you don't want to do is alter how you approach the game.''

    Linebacker Kendrell Bell, who has been bothered by a nagging shoulder injury, will sit out the game against the Texans. The 2001 Defensive Rookie of the Year missed much of the 2002 season because of injuries.

    He'll be joined on the bench by cornerback Terry Fair (hamstring), linebacker Clark Haggans (broken fingers), and defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy (calf).

    Simmons' agent, Eric Metz, said he will get a second opinion next week in Birmingham, Ala., Dr. James Andrews, a noted knee specialist.

    ``He's holding out hope that there's some way he can brace it up or do something along those lines to get out there and play, but it looks like there's a very slim chance of that,'' Metz said.

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    Possible target for Rams O-line?
    by Nick
    Vincent likely done with Steelers
    By Jerry DiPaola
    Friday, January 28, 2005

    Steelers unrestricted free agent Keydrick Vincent, who started 27 games at left and right guard the past two seasons, met with coach Bill Cowher this week and became convinced that he has played his last game in Pittsburgh.
    "Basically, he told me good luck with everything, a lot of (teams) will be interested in me and Kendall Simmons is going to be the starting right guard next season," Vincent said.

    "I thanked him and said, 'I guess it's time for me to see if I can play for another team.'

    "It hurts, but Kendall is their guy. I didn't want it to be that way, but, evidently, they don't have plans for me."

    Simmons' agent, Kenny Zuckerman, has had preliminary discussions with Steelers officials, and he came away with the same feeling.

    "They said they probably aren't going to bring him back," Zuckerman said. "I don't think they are going to be able to afford him."

    Vincent, who joined the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2001, moved into the starting lineup in August, when Simmons suffered a season-ending knee injury. The loss of Simmons, the Steelers' 2002 first-round draft pick, was expected to be a damaging blow to the offensive line, but Vincent stepped in and helped the team finish second in the NFL in average rushing yards per game (154).

    Vincent also started nine games in 2003, when four-time Pro Bowl left guard Alan Faneca moved to left tackle for Marvel Smith, who had a neck injury.

    Vincent, 6-foot-5, 325 pounds, said he was hoping to get an opportunity to compete for a starting job with the Steelers.

    "I like a challenge," he said. "I think a lot of people think it was a fluke (that he played well for the Steelers). I don't think it's a fluke. I think I'm the real deal.

    "I want to feel like a first-round pick. If I get enough money, people will think of me that way. I want to feel wanted."

    Zuckerman, who is attending Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala., said he has heard through third-party sources that Vincent may be one of the top guards in free agency, along with Joe Andruzzi of the New England Patriots and Marco Rivera of the Green Bay Packers. Teams are not permitted to contact players directly until the free agency signing period begins March 2.

    Vincent, who will return to his home in Bartow, Fla., next week, said the Steelers' loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game was a case of mistakes caused by nervousness.

    "A lot of people got caught up in the moment," he said. "Guys were nervous. People didn't bring their A game, and it showed."

    He said he enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh.

    -01-28-2005, 09:30 AM
  • RamWraith
    Bettis said he faked injury to keep Steelers from cutting him
    by RamWraith
    By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer
    August 23, 2007

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jerome Bettis, the No. 5 rusher in NFL history, claims in a new book that he faked a knee injury during training camp in 2000 so the Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn't cut him and install Richard Huntley as the starter.

    Bettis was worried offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride favored Huntley over him and the Steelers were ready to let Bettis go, partly so they wouldn't have to give him a new contract. Huntley had just signed a $4 million, three-year contract.

    "Man, did I do a nice job of acting," Bettis wrote in the book, "The Bus: My Life in and Out of a Helmet." "The thing is, I wasn't faking that I had an injury. I was just faking that the injury happened on that short-yardage play. I had to fool the coaches and the team's medical department into thinking the injury had occurred on that play. Otherwise, the Steelers would have had their reason to cut me and my salary."

    Teams cannot cut an injured player during camp unless they reach an injury settlement with him.

    "I effectively negated any funny business they were trying to pull on me," Bettis wrote in the book. "I took the pressure off a head coach (Bill Cowher) who was probably trying to get rid of me."

    Bettis' recollection may be more anecdotal than fact-based.

    While Bettis was held out early in that 2000 camp because of a hip injury, his knee injury -- the one Bettis said he faked -- was not revealed until later in camp. Huntley had a hamstring injury at the time and played in only one preseason game, gaining 13 yards.

    Bettis didn't disclose how a player who was so injured that he missed all but a few days of camp could beat Bettis out of a job and force the Steelers to release him.

    An MRI test by the Steelers during that camp revealed Bettis, who had undergone knee surgery the year before, had blood swelling behind his kneecap as a result of a hit during practice.

    Bettis did not write in the book, co-written with Gene Wojciechowski, how a fresh injury that supposedly didn't occur could cause such test results. He did write that he showed up to camp with a knee problem that had occurred the season before.

    Bettis, who had worked out extensively during the offseason before that camp, said at the time he was very relieved the injury wasn't worse.

    "I was worried about it initially. The MRI showed a bone bruise," Bettis said. "That's when the blood came in. That was refreshing for me because whenever you're dealing with a knee and swelling, you always assume the worst. I assumed the worst, but it tuned out not to be the case."

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  • r8rh8rmike
    Seattle Loses Right Tackle Carpenter To Torn ACL
    by r8rh8rmike
    Seattle loses right tackle Carpenter to torn ACL

    By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer
    November 17, 2011

    RENTON, Wash. (AP)—Restructuring the offensive line was such a priority for the Seattle Seahawks they spent their first two draft picks last April on a tackle and a guard in the hopes they would become the long-term solutions on the right side.

    Both John Moffitt and James Carpenter are now done for the season because of knee injuries.

    Just two days after Moffitt was placed on injured reserve, the Seahawks announced Thursday that Carpenter has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, prematurely ending the season for the rookie right tackle.

    “It’s a shame. It’s part of the game. But we’re going to be fine. We’re all confident in that,” Seahawks assistant head coach Tom Cable said. “I have no worries. We’re going to move forward and continue to get better.”

    Carpenter’s injury happened during practice on Wednesday when he went down during a pass rush drill. He was taken off the practice field on a cart and an MRI Wednesday night confirmed the extent of Carpenter’s injury. Cable said it was the first time in his coaching career that he had a player suffer such a serious injury in a pass protection drill.

    “Yesterday, it was bad. Just the way he went down, the way the injury happened,” said Breno Giacomini, who will step into Carpenter’s spot. “That’s the way it goes. It’s tough for him. James will be back, though. He’s a tough kid, so he’ll be back and we’ll try and help him however we can help him.

    There is no timetable set for when Carpenter will have surgery or on his recovery time, but typical ACL injuries usually require about nine months of rehabilitation.

    “It’s part of the game. There really isn’t anything we can do about it. We can’t let it affect us,” Seahawks center Max Unger said.

    Carpenter was Seattle’s first-round pick out of Alabama in the April draft, taken with the 25th overall selection. He battled weight problems early in training camp, but had started all nine games this season and had shown consistent improvement.

    Carpenter’s injury came on the heels of Moffitt being lost for the season with a pair of torn ligaments in his right knee. Moffitt, who was injured when he was caught up in a pile during the Seahawks’ 22-17 win over Baltimore last Sunday, will be replaced by veteran Paul McQuistan. Carpenter’s spot will be taken by Giacomini, who started the season opener at right tackle while Carpenter filled in at left guard.

    That game in San Francisco to open the season was the only start of Giacomini’s NFL career. He’s played in every other game this season as an extra lineman in short-yardage situations and on special teams.

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    -11-17-2011, 07:54 PM
  • Nick
    Maddox mum about extent of injury
    by Nick
    Maddox mum about extent of injury
    Starter's injury puts rookie Roethlisberger in difficult spot, but sympathetic teammates offer their unconditional support
    Monday, September 20, 2004
    By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    BALTIMORE -- Tommy Maddox was able to use his right arm after the game yesterday, but it was for a much different reason: To wave off a question about his injury.

    As he left M&T Bank Stadium, his throwing arm cradled to his chest in a black sling, Maddox said he was told not to discuss his condition until he and the Steelers are certain of the damage in his right elbow.

    This much is certain: Maddox's injury is serious enough that he will miss what coach Bill Cowher called "an extended period of time" with a strained or torn muscle in his elbow.

    The injury occurred near the start of the third quarter of the Steelers' 30-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and moved Ben Roethlisberger, the team's No. 1 draft choice, into the role of starting quarterback.

    Maddox likely will have a magnetic resonance imaging test today to determine the severity of the injury. But, listening to Maddox's teammates, the prognosis doesn't appear good.

    "You could see it on replay. It did not look good," said wide receiver Antwaan Randle El. "I pray for him. That's a tough injury right there. And not just football, that's a Tommy John [injury] or whatever. That ain't what you want."

    "It's frustrating," said Hines Ward, who had six catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. "Tommy is such a competitor. But I'm sure he'll be our coach on the sideline. He's a true team player. He'll do everything he can to get Ben right."

    The Steelers have not been having much luck with quarterbacks this season. They lost backup Charlie Batch for the season when his knee was injured the first week of training camp, requiring surgery.

    That injury allowed Roethlisberger, the 11th overall pick in the draft, to become the No. 2 quarterback.

    Now Maddox could be out for a lengthy period, perhaps the season, after a play in which his arm was hit by Ravens cornerback Gary Baxter as Maddox attempted to throw a pass. Maddox immediately grabbed his right arm as he fell to the ground.

    The hit knocked the ball from Maddox's grasp, and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs returned the fumble 24 yards to the Steelers' 1. One play later, Jamal Lewis scored on a 1-yard run and the Ravens had a 20-0 lead.

    "He tried to get it off real quick, and the guy kind of hit the ball while it was still in his hands," Randle El said. "Anytime you lose your No. 1 guys, it's tough. And it's tough when the next guy is a rookie.

    "But Ben's not sitting out there like a deer in the headlights. He's confident. And that's what we need. As...
    -09-20-2004, 09:51 AM
  • RamWraith
    Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer
    by RamWraith
    Read the bold GC :-) Just a matter of time *LOL*

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Wednesday, Sep. 08 2004

    Just minutes into his second practice with the Rams, safety Zack Bronson
    tumbled to the turf at Rams Park. And stayed there.

    Bronson, who played the last seven seasons with San Francisco, was signed
    Sunday as a free agent. He practiced Monday, and coach Mike Martz indicated
    that Bronson could see significant action in Sunday's season opener against

    Those plans blew up when Bronson's left ankle rolled over Wednesday. The extent
    of the damage was undetermined, but Martz said it appeared to be "a pretty
    significant" injury. Bronson definitely won't be available Sunday, a Rams
    official said.

    With Bronson and Travis Fisher (broken arm) out, and Jason Sehorn having failed
    a physical exam Wednesday, the Rams are left with only seven defensive backs.
    Cornerback Dwight Anderson, who worked with the second-team defense Wednesday,
    could be brought up from the practice squad.

    The Rams' league-mandated injury report, issued Wednesday afternoon, also
    included wide receiver Torry Holt.

    Holt, who led the NFL in catches and receiving yards last year, was a late
    scratch for the final exhibition game last Thursday in Oakland because of back
    spasms. He's practiced this week but is listed as "questionable," which under
    league guidelines means there's only a 50-50 chance he'll play Sunday.

    Cornerback DeJuan Groce (knee) also is questionable. Fisher and guard Tom
    Nutten (toe) are out, and linebacker Trev Faulk (hamstring) and fullback Joey
    Goodspeed (hamstring) are probable. Receiver Kevin Curtis, bothered for a
    couple of weeks by shin splints, returned to practice Wednesday.

    Changing places

    The locker room at Rams Park has had the look of a busy airport terminal this
    week, people bustling in and out at a hectic pace. Four new players showed up
    Wednesday: Guards Darnell Alford and Blaine Saipaia, defensive end D.J.
    Renteria, and linebacker Dedrick Roper.

    Removed from the roster since Sunday, after final cut-downs, were guard/tackle
    Andy King (released), running back Lamar Gordon (traded) and linebacker Tony
    Newson (moved to the practice squad).

    Martz said he'd never seen so much late movement.

    "But there are significant reasons," he said. "Both of these offensive linemen
    are young players that have the potential to have a future here. And we needed
    somebody that ... can play linebacker, but should be one of your top two or
    three special-teams players. And that's what we expect out of" Roper....
    -09-09-2004, 04:22 AM