Tomlin explains James Harrison’s lack of playing time

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 19, 2017

The NFL’s official game book confirmed an occurrence that puzzled some Steelers fans Sunday: James Harrison logged no snaps in the club’s 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Head coach Mike Tomlin did not treat that as an indictment of the 39-year-old’s skill level, instead complimenting 2015 sixth-round pick Anthony Chickillo. Chickillo had two sacks and five tackles over the team’s first two games. “Is [Harrison] dropping [on the depth…

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Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell: ‘I’m due for an explosion play’

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 18, 2017

A week after keeping his touches to a minimum, the Pittsburgh Steelers fed Le’Veon Bell in Sunday’s 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Bell earned 27 carries and four receptions Sunday, compared to just 13 totes in Week 1. While he got 31 touches, there was a distinct lack of explosive plays from Bell. The Pro Bowl running back earned just 3.2 yards per carry, with a long of 11…

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Big Ben: Steelers must bring back Heinz ‘mystique’

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 13, 2017

Pittsburgh’s never been an easy place to play, but Ben Roethlisberger wants his city and his home field to channel its immediate history and become the most feared stadium in the league. “I expect it and hope it’ll be sold out, loud, crazy. You know, we need to bring back that homefield, Heinz Field mystique, if you will,” Roethsliberger told reporters of his expectations for the Steelers‘ upcoming home opener…

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T.J. Watt shines with two-sack, one-INT Steelers debut

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 11, 2017

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been searching for the pass-rush answer for years. After swinging and missing in the past, they might have finally found the answer. First-round rookie T.J. Watt displayed a relentless pass rush and versatility in a splashy opening day debut. Watt gobbled up six tackles, two sacks and an interception. He became just the third player to record two-plus sacks and an INT in their first NFL…

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Steelers sign Stephon Tuitt to 5-year, $60M extension

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 9, 2017

One day before the start of the final year of his rookie deal, Stephon Tuitt has secured his future in Pittsburgh. The Steelers announced Saturday that the fourth-year defensive end signed a five-year extension with the organization through 2022. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the new deal is worth $61 million over six years and is heavy on up-front money. Tuitt was slated to make just over $1 million…

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Steelers plan to hit DeShone Kizer often, ‘hit him early’

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 9, 2017

“Welcome to the NFL, rookie. How’s the turf treatin’ ya?” In so many words, that’s how the Pittsburgh Steelers intend to initiate Cleveland Browns rookie gunslinger DeShone Kizer into the professional ranks: By introducing him to the Cleveland sod again and again. “Hit him often, hit him early,” defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said regarding Pittsburgh’s general gameplan for Kizer, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “Doesn’t really work if you don’t hit…

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Le’Veon Bell ‘working hard for 30 carries’ per game

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 5, 2017

There are few players in the NFL that could skip the team’s entire training camp and resume a yeoman’s workload. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell claims he is one of those people. “I’m working hard for 30 carries, whatever it may be, 30 touches, or whether it’s 10 touches, I’m ready to go out there and get the job,” Bell said Monday, via ESPN.com. Bell’s meeting with the press Monday…

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Le’Veon Bell signs his Steelers franchise tender

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 4, 2017

It’s official — Le’Veon Bell is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers star running back, who returned to the team facility briefly last week to take his physical, has signed his $12.1 million franchise tender, the team announced Monday. Bell passed his team physical Friday after briefly arriving at the Steelers facility, NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported. With sides unable to come to terms on a multi-year deal before…

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Steelers’ Martavis Bryant cleared for regular season

Pittsburgh Steelers
September 1, 2017

Martavis Bryant is officially back. The Steelers wide receiver has been cleared for regular-season practices and games, the NFL announced Friday in a statement. Bryant was conditionally reinstated in April after missing the entire 2016 campaign for a violation of the league’s policy on substances of abuse. In August, the NFL announced that the third-year pass-catcher was permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games. NFL Network…

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