Recently, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Santonio Holmes was suspended for possession of marijuana. Holmes was suspended for last week’s game against the New York Giants, which the Steelers barely lost. However, it was apparent that the Giants played the better game. The Steelers are now 5-2, but are in a good position to win their division against the Browns, Bengals, and Ravens.
During the game, the Steelers had to rely on wide receiver Nate Washington, who actually caught a 65-yard touchdown. But this was Washington’s only big haul of the day, as the rest of his snags were all 14 yards or less. Rookie Limas Sweed was also asked to step up, and he ended up playing more than he has all season. He caught three balls for 28 yards.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, “Obviously, you miss Santonio and what he brings.” Roethlisberger’s completion rate, a paltry 44.8 percent, was the fourth-lowest in his five-year career. It is very clear that Holmes’ absence hurt Ben’s game more than anyone expected.
However, coach Mike Tomlin, who has been the head coach of the Steelers for two years, did not say that a reason that the Steelers lost was due to Holmes’ marijuana charges. Instead, he went a different route: “The 11 on the field represent us and the standard of excellence doesn’t change. It is not a cliche; we will never waver in regards to that.”
Holmes was obviously upset by his inability to play, and expressed his regret as soon as the news was released. “I would like to apologize to my teammates, the Steelers organization, my family and the fans for my actions that caused me to miss Sunday’s game,” Holmes said. “I recognize that I made a mistake and understand the significance of my actions, and will not make any excuse for my behavior.
“I look forward to putting this behind me and being accepted by my teammates and the fans as part of this team.”
Holmes — a first-round draft pick in 2006 — has been one of the few Steeler players in trouble with the law. In the past, he has been accused of domestic violence and disorderly conduct in Miami.
There is no word on whether or not Holmes will play Monday against the Washington Redskins or if he has been fined by the NFL. Holmes’ preliminary hearing before a Pittsburgh district judge is scheduled for Nov. 24.