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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Twenty-eight things to know about Week 2 injury report

September 15, 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles lost one piece of its backfield. Running back Donnel Pumphrey, who tore his hamstring in Wednesday’s practice, was placed on injured reserve Friday afternoon. The 5-foot-9 Pumphrey impressed coaches during offseason workouts as a potential weapon in the passing game out of the backfield. The fourth-round rookie struggled in the preseason, however, and was inactive Week 1. The injury could stymie the rookie’s development this season, as…

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Ben Roethlisberger: Browns to surprise a lot of people

Cleveland Browns
September 13, 2017

Ben Roethlisberger is the winningest quarterback in Cleveland since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999, which makes him uniquely qualified to analyze a Browns roster that has changed forms so many times before Roethlisberger’s eyes over the years. So when he passes on some genuine praise, it should be taken with a certain amount of gravity. “That team is going to surprise a lot of people,” Roethlisberger said…

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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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Injuries: Colts rule Andrew Luck out for Week 2

September 11, 2017

The Cowboys will be without their most tenured defensive back for a couple of weeks. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that Orlando Scandrick broke his hand in Sunday night’s dominant win over the division-rival Giants and will have surgery. Rapoport noted that Scandrick had plans to play this week against the Broncos in Denver but will “miss one or two games” due to the corrective procedure. Cowboys…

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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 extend Browns’ losing streak on opening day

Cleveland Browns
September 10, 2017

Cleveland hasn’t won a regular-season opener since 2004. That ugly streak remains alive after Sunday’s 21-18 loss to the Steelers (1-0), but the new-look Browns (0-1) showed signs of life against their AFC North rivals. Here’s what we learned from Sunday’s clash: 1. Disaster struck right away on Cleveland’s opening drive when Pittsburgh linebacker Anthony Chickillo pounced on Britton Colquitt‘s blocked punt in the end zone for a quick 7-0…

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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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