NFL Team Report - Pittsburgh Steelers - INSIDE SLANT
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning and the team can only hope it has the same results as the last time their quarterback had similar knee surgery.
Dr. James Bradley performed minor surgery on the knee to snip some loose or frayed cartilage that was causing Roethlisberger some discomfort, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is expected to be ready to go for training camp, but will miss the final spring practice Thursday and next week's minicamp.
Bradley performed similar surgery on Roethlisberger's left knee after it was injured in a game at San Diego on Oct. 10, 2005. Roethlisberger missed just one game and returned the following week to start and help lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl win that season.
A source close to the team told the Post-Gazette Bradley found Roethlisberger's right knee to be otherwise healthy during the surgery which the doctor said was "encouraging."
"The scare is that when you go in, you discover it's worse," the source said. "His is not; it's very, very healthy and encouraging on that regard."
Coach Mike Tomlin said the surgery "was the result of slight discomfort this offseason. We advised him to get the surgery done to ensure he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp."
Roethlisberger had participated in every OTA practice until Wednesday.
Prior to the 2012 season, former Steelers linebacker James Harrison continued to practice despite similar discomfort, but eventually underwent surgery in August and missed the first three games of the season.
The source concluded, "Doc Bradley felt let's get this done now because there's plenty of time for it to heal and feel great by training camp."
--Injuries that played havoc with the Steelers' offense in 2012 aren't waiting until the season this year. The rebuilt offensive line took its first blow over the weekend when starting right tackle Mike Adams was knifed in the stomach.
Adams will recover and he might be back on the field by training camp, but until then Kelvin Beachum is back where his rookie season ended up in 2012, as the team's starting right tackle.
They hope it's not the beginning of a repeat of last season.
Beachum, their seventh-round pick in 2012, wound up starting the final five games at right tackle after Marcus Gilbert and Adams, who preceded him, both were knocked out by ankle injuries.
The season began before it began when first-round pick David DeCastro, set to open at right guard, was knocked out in the preseason by a knee injury. He returned to start the final four games at right guard and will start there in 2012 -- barring more injuries.
Starting left guard Willie Colon was lost after 11 starts because of a knee injury.
The only one to play every snap, left tackle Max Starks, was not re-signed as a free agent and is now with the San Diego Chargers. Colon was cut and is with the Jets.
The projected starting lineup includes two first-rounders and two second-rounders: Gilbert (second round) at left tackle, Ramon Foster (undrafted) at left guard, center Maurkice Pouncey (first), DeCastro (first) at right guard and Adams (second) at right tackle, when he returns. Beachum has practiced at center this spring so that he could be the No. 1 backup across the board at tackle, guard and center.
"It's one of those things I'm working on. I'm being accountable and taking responsibility for what the Steelers have given me so far," Beachum said.
That line also is learning some new schemes, some outside zone blocking under new line coach Jack Bicknell Jr.
"It's powerful. I like it," Gilbert said. "I ran it at Florida a bit. It's going to take some time for the offensive line, but so far so good."
It was until Adams took a knife to the stomach when some thugs attacked him while trying to steal his truck over the weekend.
"It's difficult with him not here," Beachum said. "He's going to make a full recovery. God has blessed him. I'm happy to see him recover and happy to see him get better. We're just looking for him to improve."
Said Mike Tomlin about Adams, "He's very blessed to be in the position that he's in, in terms of we expect a full recovery from him."
NFL Team Report - Pittsburgh Steelers - NOTES, QUOTES
--A second man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing and attempted carjacking of Steelers tackle Mike Adams, leaving one still at-large, police told multiple news outlets.
Detectives arrested Dequay Means, 26, from Hazelwood, Pa., on Monday night following a foot chase. He was charged with criminal attempt homicide, aggravated assault, attempted carjacking, former convict not to possess a firearm, terroristic threats, criminal conspiracy and escape.
Earlier Monday, police arrested 25-year-old Michael Paranay of Pittsburgh, and charged him with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, attempted robbery and conspiracy. Both men are in prison.
Adams was stabbed twice early Saturday during an attempted carjacking on the Pittsburgh's South Side. He suffered non-life threatening wounds to the abdomen and forearm. He told officers he was standing near his truck shortly after 3 a.m. when three men confronted him. One held a knife, while another held a handgun.
When Adams told the men he didn't have his keys, one man pointed the gun at his face while the other stabbed him twice. All three then fled, police said.
"We recognize the world that we live in, and things like this are capable of happening," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Monday. "Not that we accept it, but we understand that it's capable of happening."
--The Steelers have one unsigned rookie draft pick left, quarterback Landry Jones, who was taken in the fourth round. They signed their top two picks on Monday, with first-rounder Jarvis Jones getting $8.5 million over four years, including a $4.7 million signing bonus. There is a fifth-year club option on the contract.
--The Steelers have two OTA practices left, then next week's minicamp to wrap up the spring. Coach Mike Tomlin was succinct with his answer when he was asked if he's seen enough of rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones to form any first impressions of him.
"No," Tomlin answered.
QUOTE TO NOTE: I think as members of this community, we need to recognize that there are some things going on, on the South Side, that make it a dangerous place, particularly after hours." - Coach Mike Tomlin, after tackle Mike Adams was knifed in the stomach in a carjacking gone bad in that section of Pittsburgh. The Steelers' training facility is on Pittsburgh's South Side.
NFL Team Report - Pittsburgh Steelers - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
--QB Charlie Batch (not tendered as UFA).
--NT Casey Hampton (not tendered as UFA).
--LB Brandon Johnson (not tendered as UFA).
--P Jeremy Kapinos (not tendered as RFA).
--QB Byron Leftwich (not tendered as UFA).
--TE Leonard Pope (not tendered as UFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS (1)
--CB DeMarcus Van Dyke was claimed off waivers from Oakland before the season began and they believe he has enough talent to keep.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
--LB Jarvis Jones (1/17): $8.7M/4 yrs, $4.7M SB.
--RB Le'Veon Bell (2/48): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Markus Wheaton (3/79): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--S Shamarko Thomas (4/111): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Terry Hawthorne (5/15): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Justin Brown (6/186): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--RB Vince Williams (6/206): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE Nick Williams (7/223): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--RB Baron Batch: ERFA; terms unknown.
--WR Plaxico Burress: Potential UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--RB Jonathan Dwyer: Potential RFA; $1.323M/1 yr.
--LB Larry Foote: Potential UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--G Ramon Foster: Potential UFA; $6M/3 yrs.
--TE David Johnson: UFA Steelers; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--CB Justin King: Potential UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--NT Steve McLendon: RFA tendered at $1.323M with no compensation); $7.25M/3 yrs, $1.67M SB.
--RB Isaac Redman: RFA tendered at $1.323M with no compensation); $1.323M/1 yr.
--WR Emmanuel Sanders: RFA tendered at 1.323M with third-round pick as compensation); matched Patriots offer $2.5M/1 yr.
--LB Stevenson Sylvester: Not tendered as RFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--LS Greg Warren: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--CB William Gay: FA Cardinals; $4.5M/3 yrs, $500,000 SB.
--QB Bruce Gradkowski: UFA Bengals; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--P Brian Moorman: UFA Cowboys; terms unknown.
--QB John Parker Wilson (waivers Jaguars).
--TE Matt Spaeth: FA Bears; $2M/2 yrs, $250,000 SB.
--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling: UFA Cardinals; terms unknown.
--OT Guy Whimper: FA Jaguars; terms unknown.
--S Will Allen: UFA Cowboys; $905,000/1 yr, $65,000 SB.
--G Willie Colon (released/post-June 1 designation).
--LB James Harrison (released).
--C/G Doug Legursky: Not tendered as UFA/Bills; terms unknown.
--CB Keenan Lewis: UFA Saints; $26M/5 yrs, $6M SB/$11M guaranteed.
--RB Rashard Mendenhall: UFA Cardinals; $2.5M/1 yr.
--S Ryan Mundy: UFA Giants; terms unknown.
--RB Chris Rainey (released).
--T Max Starks: UFA Chargers; terms unknown.
--WR Mike Wallace: UFA Dolphins; $60M/5 yrs, $11M SB/$30M guaranteed/$27M fully guaranteed.