Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Friday morning that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger “fine” and did not have an X-ray on his ribs Wednesday. He also said that wide receiver Hines Ward “looked pretty good” in his first practice back from an MCL sprain.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes about Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt’s use of trick plays. Whisenhunt used a trick play for a touchdown in Super Bowl XL when he was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator.
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Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez writes that the Cardinals made a mistake by not trying to resign players such as Anquan Boldin, Darnell Dockett and Adrian Wilson before the Super Bowl run. “Cardinals management sat on their wings. Now it will cost them,” he says because, “The asking price and/or market value of players on Super Bowl teams skyrocket.”
Raising Zona blogger Scott Allen takes issue with a Slate column that calls the Cardinals’ playoff run “fluky” and “disgraceful.” Alen writes, “He is a Boston Globe Magazine writer who was jaded that his New England Patriots wiped the field with the Cardinals back in December and now the Patriots are the ones sitting at home after finishing 11-5. Get over it.”
The NFL and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are cracking down on counterfeit merchandise sold around Tampa Bay. “By purchasing this, you may be fueling organized crime,” said an ICE spokeswoman.