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  • Tomlin on the Flu Hitting the Steelers Locker Room “We’re Not Making Excuses”

    A 24-hour flu bug has permeated the Steelers locker room and affected several players leading up to Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

    Tight end Ladarius Green missed Thursday’s practice with an illness, and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was one of four players to sit out Thursday’s session. Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton said up to 15 people in the Steelers facility have suffered a setback this week.

    Running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t sick but missed a practice for personal reasons. Coach Mike Tomlin said the absence would not affect his game preparation.

    “I’m just thankful that I’ve stayed out of the line of fire,” said Tomlin about the illnesses. “We’re not making excuses. There won’t be. We’ll be there, we’ll be ready to play, this is just part of normal things that happen over the course of a season”

  • Steelers at Patriots Thursday AFC Title Game Injury Report

    Practice Report
    Wednesday RB Le’Veon Bell (not injury related), K Chris Boswell (illness), S Sean Davis (shoulder), C B.J. Finney (illness), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness), QB Zach Mettenberger (illness), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
    Thursday RB Le’Veon Bell (not injury related), TE Ladarius Green (concussion, illness), LB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps)
    Wednesday LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), TE Ladarius Green (concussion), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
    Thursday LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
    Wednesday LB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps), DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
    Thursday K Chris Boswell (illness), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), S Sean Davis (shoulder), C B.J. Finney (illness), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness), DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle), QB Zach Mettenberger (illness), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
    Practice Report
    Wednesday WR Danny Amendola (ankle), TE Martellus Bennett (knee), RB Brandon Bolden (knee), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), WR Chris Hogan (thigh), WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee), DE Jabaal Sheard (knee)
    Thursday WR Danny Amendola (ankle), TE Martellus Bennett (knee), RB Brandon Bolden (knee), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), WR Chris Hogan (thigh), WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee), DE Jabaal Sheard (knee)
  • Brown’s Lack of Sense Sunday Night Just Gave the Patriots All the Billboard Material They Need

    It’s six days away from the AFC Title game and a chance for the Steelers to advance to the Super Bowl where they would meet the winner of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.

    They have in front of them a team that has been their toughest test by far over the past 16 seasons, a team that has beaten them twice in AFC Title games, and in all but two games with Tom Brady under center have defeated the Steelers.

    Places like already have the Patriots as solid favorites, sitting at 6-point favorites to move on to Super Bowl LI.

    So instead of making things easier, already there’s a feeling that Sunday’s ‘Facebook Gate’ may give New England all the ammunition they need to make it three in a row over the Steelers in AFC Championship Games.

    In case you have been under a rock since the Steelers beat the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game Sunday night, Antonio Brown following the game went live on Facebook with his personal account during the teams’ locker room session.

    It was in that session that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who for sure wasn’t aware anyone was recording him, called the Patriots ‘As#holes,’ stating that the Steelers “spotted these a–h—- a day and a half.”


    I actually turned on Brown’s feed for a few minutes, and it’s mostly just a bunch of half naked guys with big smiles on their faces as they celebrate a win in the locker room.

    Nevertheless, Brown should have known better, and for a guy that should have his ego in check less than a week before the biggest game of his life, worrying about the 20,000 fans that were watching the feed (at least that’s the number I saw when on the feed) should have been the last thing on his mind.

    Now though, while unintentional, the Patriots have billboard material for a game they are already favored in, and why not, they usually treat the Steelers like the unwanted step children when they take the field.

    The last three times the teams have played, it’s not been pretty for the Steelers. In two games in Foxborough (2013 and the opener of the 2015 season), the Steelers were beaten soundly both times 55-31 and 28-21.

    Earlier this season at Heinz Field, sure the Steelers didn’t have Ben Roethlisberger, but let’s face it, would the outcome have been any different?

    Landry Jones did what he could, but in the end the Steelers couldn’t stop Brady and company, and the Patriots left Pittsburgh with a 27-16 win.

    Now, with the Super Bowl in sight, instead of getting ready for the biggest day of their lives, Brown and his mates were busy dancing around on Facebook celebrating a game in which they didn’t manage to score a touchdown.

    “We’ll be ready for their a–. But you ain’t got to tell them we’re coming,” Tomlin said in the what should have been private speech.

    “Keep a low profile, and let’s get ready to ball like this up again here in a few days and be right back at it. That’s our story.”

    Sadly the Steelers story was seen and heard by over 20,000 people thanks to a flat out stupid act by one of the best players on the team.

    Shame on Brown for that.

  • Steelers Headed For AFC Title Showdown with Patriots After 18-16 Divisional Win Over Chiefs

    If you have said the Steelers would have won in Kansas City on Sunday night without scoring a touchdown, many probably would have said you were crazy.

    But sometimes in the playoffs, that’s how it goes, and that’s exactly how it went for the Steelers in their latest postseason win, a gutsy 18-16 win that probably should have been a lot more if the Steelers could have scored touchdowns instead of having to settle for six Chris Boswell field goals.

    Many betting websites like had the game as the Steelers as slight underdogs, but in the end they did their part to dominate the Chiefs for most of the 60 minutes.

    In the end though they will take it, and after two very different postseason wins, the team will get a third AFC Title Game shot at the big bad New England Patriots Sunday in Foxboro for the right to play in Super Bowl LI.

    The Steelers lost to the Patriots in the AFC Title Game in 2001 and 2004, but both those losses came at Heinz Field.

    Sunday against the Chiefs, the Steelers dominated in terms of yards and time of possession, putting up 389 yards to the Chiefs 227, and holding the ball 34:13 to 25:47.

    Le’Veon Bell again was the driving force for the Steelers, pounding through for 170 yards rushing on 30 carries, a 5.7 yards per rush. The back has set records for his first two playoff games, running for 337 yards in the two wins over the Dolphins and now Kansas City.

    Boswell’s foot was just a big a factor, setting a record for field goals in a Steelers playoff game with six. He hit field goals of 22, 38, 36, 45 and two 43-yard kicks for all 18 Steelers points.

    They led 12-7 at half, and 15-10 after three quarters, and went up 18-10 with 9:49 to play, leaving the game in the hands of the defense the rest of the way.

    The Chiefs were able to mount one final drive, getting two big calls along the way, and also converting a key fourth-and-7, and eventually getting a one-yard Spencer Ware score with 2:43 to play to make it 18-16.

    Kansas City converted the two-point conversion when Alex Smith hit Demetrius Harris to appear to tie the game at 18, but on the play, left tackle Eric Fisher was called for holding on James Harrison, appearing to pull him down.

    Smith’s second two-point attempt was batted away as he looked to hit Jeremy Maclin, keeping the Steelers up by two.

    The Steelers needed a first down to seal the game, and after a Bell run, a pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Eli Rogers for five yards, the Steelers had a 3rd-and-3 from the 12-yard line at the two minute warning.

    Going for the win, Roethlisberger rolled out, and hit Antonio Brown with a 7-yard pass for the first down to seal the win, and send the Steelers to their 16th AFC Championship game.

    Roethlisberger had a pretty forgettable night, going 20-for-31 for 224 yards with an end zone pick that could at the time have seen the Steelers go up 16-7 in the second quarter.

    The Steelers defense allowed their first opening drive touchdowns of the season, but buckled down after that, allowing the Chiefs to 227 yards, including 61 on the ground.

    Speedy Tyreek Hill had three carries for 18 yards, four catches for 27 yards, and in four kickoffs his longest run back was just 21 yards.

    Brown had six catches for the Steelers for 108 yards, including a 52-yard grab after the Chiefs had scored their opening drive touchdown to get the Steelers back into the game.

    It wasn’t pretty, and if the Steelers want to make it to their first Super Bowl since their last appearance in 2010, they are going to have to play a lot better against Tom Brady and company.

    For now, the 2016 Steelers are already a step ahead of 2015, and now with a third playoff win next Sunday, they have a chance to reach their 9th Super Bowl in franchise history.


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