By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their offseason roster purge Friday, announcing veteran linebacker James Farrior and defensive end Aaron Smith will be released before the next league year begins March 13.
The horn sounded to end practice Wednesday and as most of their Pittsburgh Steelers teammates trudged back to the locker room, running backs Isaac Redman, Mewelde Moore and Rashard Mendenhall jogged to an adjacent field.
The latest version of a revolving-door offensive line satisfied Steelers coach Mike Tomlin Sunday. Good thing, too, as it's highly possible each will start again this week.
Ben Roethlisberger's advice to right tackle Marcus Gilbert shortly before the rookie made the first start of his career on Sunday against Seattle was simple and direct.
Three Super Bowl appearances over the past six years, three different starting centers for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Three different right guards, left tackles and right tackles, too.
Pittsburgh cornerback Bryant McFadden has left in the first quarter of the Super Bowl with a hip injury, and the Steelers say his return is questionable.
Some of Ben Roethlisberger's first words after winning his most recent Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers were to pay tribute to his offensive line.
The Pittsburgh Steelers checked their tempers for weeks, only to angrily voice their frustration in unison as player after player accused the NFL of targeting them.
This time, James Harrison sacked himself.
"The standard is the standard," said guard Chris Kemoeatu, "and we've got to hold ourselves and each other accountable no matter who's in there."
"As of right now, we've got a bunch of new guys stepping into the (first-team) scene," Kemoeatu said, "and I'm still trying to get back to 100 percent.