Steelers notebook: Kicker Boswell stays cool, hits 4 FGs in win
Chris Boswell didn’t blink when coach Mike Tomlin called his number with the Steelers clinging to a 12-10 lead late in the third quarter. The challenge was a 51-yard field goal try — that if missed would give the Arizona Cardinals a short field.
Boswell split the uprights to give the Steelers a 15-10 advantage. He countered Arizona’s 39-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter with a 28-yarder that forced the Cardinals to overcome an 18-13 deficit against a confident Steelers defense.
Boswell made all four of his field goal attempts — including 47- and 48-yarders. Boswell, who made his first NFL field goal in a 24-20 win at San Diego last Monday, is 5 for 5 since replacing Josh Scobee in Week 5.
“Chris Boswell was lights out,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “He made some big-time field goals when we needed them.”
Boswell seemed unfazed by the pressure. In fact, he appeared to embrace it.
“I really don’t pay attention to pressure,” he said. “I just clear my mind and kick it. I’m just excited, and ready to go back to work.”
Boswell said his tryout at Heinz Field made him comfortable, especially on the long field-goal attempts.
“I definitely got to see how the ball reacts in this stadium,” he said. “Of course, every day is different, every game is different and every kick is different. But kicking in here (during the tryout) definitely gave me some confidence.”
Beachum out for season
Offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum suffered a knee injury that will sideline him for the rest of the regular season. Beachum suffered a torn ACL of his left knee early in the second quarter on a run by Le’Veon Bell. Beachum, in the final year of his rookie deal, made 34 consecutive starts.
Also, quarterback Mike Vick left the game early in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt suffered a knee sprain. Tomlin said he doesn’t know the extent of either injury.
In line for fine
Cameron Heyward was fined nearly $6,000 last week for wearing eye black honoring his late father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, and could face even a stiffer penalty following Sunday’s game for violating the NFL’s uniform policy again.
Heyward wore eye black that says “Iron” and “Head” during Sunday’s win against the Cardinals and will now face a fine of $11,576 by the league. Craig Heyward died of cancer in 2006.
The NFL employs people to monitor possible uniform violations during every game. Despite wearing the eye black all season, Heyward wasn’t fined until last week in San Diego.
Heyward is in the process of appealing his first fine.
Timmons ‘a receiver at heart’
With apologies to the 88-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown by Martavis Bryant, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons arguably had the nicest catch in the game when he pulled in a tipped ball with one hand for a first-quarter interceptio n.“I used to be a receiver before, so it was not that surprising,” Timmons deadpan ned.When was he a rec eiver?“In high school. So I just had a flashback (at that moment) – and boom. I’ve always been a receiver at heart.”
Tomlin: Brown ‘got to get a ring’
Antonio Brown again was seen displaying frustration during a game in which his production did not match the usual lofty standards he had set for himself when Ben Roethlisberger has been healthy over the past thre e seasons.Brown, who left the locker room quickly after it was opened to media following the game, last week expressed a desire to get more target s from Vick.Brown finished with three receptions for 24 yards on eight targets. He had one catch for minus-1 yard while Vick wa s in the game.“He realizes he’s seen everything he’s going to see in professional football from an individual accolades standpoint,” Tomlin said. “He’s got to get a (S uper Bowl) ring.“That’s what he and I have been talking about through some of this. It’s uncomfortable for him, no doubt. He’s got a great rapport with Ben Roethlisberger; Ben’s not playing. What do we have to d o to win the game?“When you’re hunting what he’s hunting, his career will be defined by how many Lombardi’s he’s contributed to our stash.”
Harrison: ‘He’s our quarterback’
Linebacker James Harrison said he would support whoever starts at quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday. Then, later he leaned toward Landry Jones getting the start ahead of Vick, who started twice in the absence of injured Roethlisberger.
“(Jones) looked good to me,” Harrison said. “He’s our quarterback now, and we’re going to support him and rally behind him.”