• Steelers Pickup TE Palmer; Dump TE John Rabe

    Micahel Palmer

    With the injury to TE Matt Spaeth, the Steelers have claimed TE Michael Palmer off waivers from Seahawks.

    Seattle released Palmer on August 6th after he was signed by Seattle on July 23rd after spending three seasons in Atlanta.

    Palmer put up 21 catches for 123 yards in his time with the Falcons, mostly being a blocking TE.

    With Palmer aboard, the Steelers released TE John Rabe.

     
  • RB Bell To Get Playing Time With Starters On Saturday Night

    Bell

    Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has been a star early in camp, and he’s done enough to get a shot to play with the starters during Saturday’s game vs the Giants.

    Coach Mike Tomlin said on Thursday that Bell will get work with the first-team unit, not to mean he’ll start the game, but will work with the first team.

    The starters for the black and gold will go anywhere from 10 to 12 plays, which in normal for the first preseason game.

    Bell should get a carry or two with the starting OL – and if he performs, many will pencil him in as the starter for the opener vs the Titans.

    “I think he has earned that. But don’t be surprised to see him play after those guys are out of the game as well,” Tomlin said. β€œHe, like a lot of guys, we need to get a lot of exposure to.”

    Starting QB Ben Roethlisberger will start the game, but could possibly play one series. Overall, all four QB’s will see playing time.

     
  • Burress Falls On Arm; Leaves On Cart During Thursday Session

    Pittsburgh Steelers' Plaxico Burress breaks away f

    With news that two defensive linemen are on the sideline Thursday comes the news that wide out Plaxico Burress also was hurt during Thursday’s session.

    Here’s the tweet about the injury from Jim Wexell from Steelers Digest.

    While the news doesn’t sound good, let’s hold off the the extent of the injury till Mike Tomlin takes the stage to update everyone.

    Another note is that WR Emmauel Sanders is out for some reason during practice too.

     
  • New Injuries Thursday To Defensive Ends Williams And Heyward

    Cameron Heyward #97 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets up after sacking  Kellen Clemens

    The injuries are starting to mount for the Steelers, which is bad news as there’s still plenty of practices left till the team takes the field for the first time against the Titans.

    The team already is missing the following players on Thursday at practice with injuries – cornerbacks Cortez Allen (knee), Terry Hawthorne (knee), DeMarcus Van Dyke (hamstring) and Curtis Brown (ankle).

    New to the list for Thursday though are a pair of defensive ends, as Jim Wexell of Steelers Digest says that Nick Williams and Cam Heyward both were on the sidelines for the session.

    Wexell said that Heyward’s injury didn’t appear to be anything serious, which is good news.

    Tight end Matt Spaeth, who was hurt Wednesday and had ice on his foot after being carted off, was also on the sidelines on Thursday.

     
  • NFL To Look Into How To Make Preseason Games Better

    Steelers Tickets

    It’s a story every year when preseason games start and stadiums that for regular season games around the league are half filled for.

    Ticket prices for preseason games are the same for the regular season, but there’s a HUGE difference in just about everything if you’ve ever gone live to a preseason game over a regular season contest.

    The NFL is finally going to start looking at that, and a league source said Wednesday they will look at this years preseason games to try and offer a better product on the field.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell knows that it’s not fair to have fans paying $40-$50 to watch starters on teams play here in week one somewhere between 1-2 series, or at most a quarter.

    The talk remains about going to an 18-game season, but players and the union are clearly against it.

    The report says the NFL will look at how much starters play, how the lineups are configured and fan reaction, particularly with the fourth and final preseason game.

    The NFL still is looking at different formats for the split of regular-season and preseason games — 18-and-2, 16-and-2 or 17-and-3. The league will examine this year’s preseason to figure it out.

    The NFL will look at such things like just how much starters play, how the lineups are configured and fan reaction.

    Ticket prices are set by the individual teams. The NFL can’t impose ticket-price changes unilaterally.

    That’s interesting, considering that when the league puts the pressure on teams to do something, they usually find a way to get it done.

    Here’s an easy solution to not tick the fans off totally from the preseason – make the ticket prices to the preseason games either half price, or give them away for free to people that don’t get to go to a high priced regular season game.

    Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

     
 
 
 
 
 

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