Boswell Wants His Money Back

Busy, busy day at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex as the Steelers prepared for their showdown with the Baltimore Ravens.

PITTSBURGH -- Chris Boswell was perfect in six field goal attempts Sunday and made a touchdown-saving tackle in a four-point Steelers win over the Cincinnati Bengals. But it wasn't enough to earn the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.

He instead received a different notice from the league. He was told to report for a "random" drug test.

Boswell then tweeted: "If I'm on steroids then I definitely need a refund cuz I got the wrong juice."

Boswell of course was joking, and he shrugged off the award, which most assumed would be his.

"It doesn't mean anything at all to me," said Boswell. "You don't really get anything for it. I mean, yeah, it's recognition for being Special Teams Player of the Week, but other than that it doesn't mean much."

The honor instead went to Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop for his game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. He also kicked a 39-yard field goal and an extra point without missing a kick.

Boswell, meanwhile, had his greatest game. He once kicked five field goals in college as a junior for Rice in 2012 against SMU. Three of the field goals were from 50 yards or longer, but Sunday's game tied Jeff Reed and Gary Anderson for the Steelers record. Boswell kicked three field goals from 49 yards and the others from 40, 30 and 22 yards. He also was two-for-two on extra points.

Some of Boswell's kicks barely made it over the crossbar in a game played in a 15-degree wind chill at kickoff.

"I felt I hit the ball pretty well all day, it was just into that wind," Boswell said. "And it was pretty tough in the middle of the field."

Boswell was ready to attempt a team-record seventh field goal as the Steelers drove into field goal range in Bengals territory with 2:13 left. But another first down allowed Ben Roethlisberger to take three kneel-downs near the goal line.

The NFL record is eight in one game set by Rob Bironas of the Titans in 2007. Five players have kicked seven field goals.


Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace, the former Steeler, participated in a conference call Wednesday with Pittsburgh reporters. These were the highlights:

* On the new Steelers defense compared to the one he had played with:

"(Artie Burns) is like an Ike (Taylor) type of player. Really fast guy, smart, got length. Young guy but I see him getting better every single week. (Ross Cockrell), I just like him. I don't really compare him to anybody when I was there. He's just a smart player. He's always in the right position and he plays the deep ball really well."

* On being on the other side of the rivalry:

"I just know how much it means to everybody. I know it's a really big game but I honestly feel like the rivalry is out the window this game. I think it's much bigger than the rivalry. It's about going to the playoffs."

* On what would've happened had he signed a second contract with the Steelers:

"I'd have been a great player there. I'd have enjoyed my whole time and played my whole career there. That's what would've happened. Unfortunately that's the way of the business. It doesn't go that way. I'm fine. I'm happy where I am. It was a great organization. If anybody comes through there you would obviously miss it just because of the type of people in the building and the type of way it was run."

* On whether he can be described as less of a world-class sprinter but a more savvy receiver:

"I wouldn't say that because if you watch me I still run away from anybody. I still feel like I'm a world-class sprinter now. You're putting words in my mouth right there, man. I never said that. I might've lost a half a step but I'm still faster than everybody else. But you know, (I'm) just trying to evolve and get better as a player. I think I've just been in six offenses in the last six years so I've run a lot of different routes. It just helps out."


Antonio Brown announced he will donate $100,000 to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh because "I have kids myself. I usually take them to the Children's Hospital to show them how blessed they are and to let them know that everyone's not as fortunate. That's how I got involved with the Children's Hospital. I just wanted to give back and show my condolence. Some of those kids' have misfortunes out of their control. To spread my love and extend a reaching hand is what life's all about."


Roethlisberger called Ravens Pro Bowl cornerback Jimmy Smith "a very dynamic cornerback," but Smith missed Wednesday's practice with a high-ankle sprain suffered two Monday nights ago against New England.

Smith missed Sunday's game and was replaced by Shareece Wright, who was the starter opposite Smith to start the season but lost his job to rookie Tavon Young after giving up six touchdown passes.

The Steelers were without two key players Wednesday: DL Stephon Tuitt (sprained knee) and TE Ladarius Green (concussion). The other three tight ends received work in Green's place, while practice squad lineman Johnny Maxey received time in Tuitt's place.

"It's been going well," said Maxey, the undrafted rookie from Mars Hill. "I've been working like I was playing so that kind of helped me out today. I've been preparing every week like I was playing, so it's an easier adjustment for me. When you're paying attention to details, paying attention at practice, watching film and that stuff, it makes it easier when you get that opportunity."

Also missing the practice for the Steelers were reserve OLB Anthony Chickillo and reserve SS Shamarko Thomas.

Limited were WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and DL Ricardo Mathews, along with veterans who weren't injured, Roethlisberger and RT Marcus Gilbert.

RB DeAngelo Williams was a full participant after missing the last six games with a knee injury.


Free safety Mike Mitchell on the fine line of hard hitting without being fined:

"Some time last year I made it a point of going low and hitting guys lower. I think I've been penalized one time in two years for an illegal head-to-head hit, I think Tyler Eifert last year. If you look at that play it was a legitimate legal gut shot. I don't know why a 6-6, 255-pound tight end goes that low on the safety. The only reason he got hit in the head is because it was a bad ball from the quarterback. I don't think I should've got fined. That fine got significantly reduced because the league agreed with me, but it is what it is. All this (stuff) of people talking about me being a dirty player, man, go slap yourself. If you look at the tape, it doesn't get played that way."


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