Cardinals linebacker Porter silent ? so far
Arizona outside linebacker Joey Porter has been quiet this week.
But, as Porter’s coach pointed out Wednesday, it’s early.
“I’m sure as we move through the week, the chatter will pick up,” Cardinals coach and former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. “Joey’s a fiery, emotional player.”
The Steelers are well aware of that.
Porter chattered before and during games while playing in Pittsburgh from 1999-2006. And he made as much of a name for himself calling out opponents as he did tormenting enemy quarterbacks while with the Steelers.
Porter, now 34, will play Sunday against his original team for the second time since the Steelers released him. Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, for one, isn’t expecting to encounter a more mellow Porter in Arizona.
“I’m sure he’s going to try to pick up on some of the younger guys and get in their head,” Ward said with a laugh. “He’s not going to attack me, because what Joey says I just laugh at him.”
> > Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger lobbied offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to go to a no-huddle attack last Sunday after the Steelers offense had bogged down. Roethlisberger said he wanted to switch things up with about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Steelers quarterback has made no secret that he’s a big fan of the no-huddle attack.
“A lot of it is that I am calling the plays, so I can see the defenses,” Roethlisberger said. “When a play is called from the sidelines, it’s based off tendencies, which when you have a good coordinator like we do they know tendencies pretty well. I have a feel for who is playing well and who is doing good things. It’s a rhythm thing.”
Roethlisberger is 6 for 13 for 86 yards this season when the Steelers have used a no-huddle offense.
> > Chris Kemoeatu and three other injured Steelers returned to practice Wednesday. Kemoeatu said “the plan” is for him to start at left guard Sunday after missing the past two games because of a left knee injury.
The knee has bothered Kemoeatu since before the start of training camp, and he said he has had fluid drained from it three times in the past month. Kemoeatu said he will likely need surgery after the season to have cartilage removed from the knee.
“I’m up one week and down one week,” Kemoeatu said. “As far as how it feels right now, it feels 100 percent.”
Along with Kemoeatu, right tackle Marcus Gilbert, running back Mewelde Moore and outside linebacker Jason Worilds practiced after missing last Sunday’s game.
> > Nose tackle Chris Hoke (neck) and wide receiver Mike Wallace (hamstring) were among the Steelers who didn’t practice Wednesday. Hoke is hoping to play against the Cardinals, while the Steelers are expecting Wallace to be OK for the 4:05 p.m. game. Steelers who didn’t practice yesterday and are unlikely to play against the Cardinals included nose tackle Casey Hampton (shoulder) and defensive end Aaron Smith (foot). Guard/center Doug Legursky (toe) and outside linebacker James Harrison (eye) are out for Sunday.
> > Running back Rashard Mendenhall was named AFC Player of the Week after rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown last Sunday.
> > Whisenhunt on what the Cardinals will do different against the Steelers in the teams’ first meeting since Super Bowl XLIII: “Obviously if we get down to the 1-yard line, we’re not going to throw it to James Harrison.”