The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their offseason roster purge Friday, announcing Farrior and defensive end Aaron Smith will be released before the next league year begins March 13. Farrior was so highly respected by his teammates they named him a defensive captain in each of his final eight seasons.|||||||
Farrior and Smith served as the backbone of a defense that led the franchise to two Super Bowl titles and three AFC championships over the last decade, a period in which the Steelers defense finished ranked in the top 10 in the league every season. It's uncertain whether Farrior will attempt to sign with another team.
Farrior likely will be back for Sunday's AFC North showdown in Cincinnati.|||||||
Farrior was designated as probable after practicing for the third consecutive day. Farrior missed Pittsburgh's last two games with a calf injury.
Farrior (calf) and LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) were "limited" on Wednesday and their status is uncertain for Sunday's game against rival Baltimore.|||||||
Farrior has left the Steelers' game at Denver after suffering a head laceration.|||||||
Farrior's helmet went flying when he helped stuff running back LenDale White for no gain on second-and-goal at the 2 early in the first quarter. After a timeout, Farrior was led off the field with a towel pressed against the right side of his head, although he wasn't gushing blood like New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning did after a hard hit earlier in the preseason. Farrior was taken to the locker room and the Steelers said his return was doubtful.
Farrior was fined $7,500 by the NFL for making an obscene gesture toward Cleveland Browns fans Sunday night.|||||||
Farrior made the gesture during the third quarter of the Steelers' 10-6 win, saying afterward he was upset because fans were celebrating a minor injury to safety Ryan Clark. Farrior also drew a taunting penalty. Farrior said Thursday he was worried that he was going to be fined more than $7,500.