• Steelers Sign DL Hooks and Philon to Contracts

    The Steelers signed defensive linemen Lavon Hooks and Roy Philon to contracts on Monday, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Both players were in training camp last summer with the team. Philon was waived/injured on Aug. 14, and Hooks was released Sept. 3 in the final round of roster cuts.

     
  • Is Antonio Brown Really on the Trade Block? Steelers Say Not a Chance

    “Several teams” have inquired on the availability of wide receiver Antonio Brown, but the Steelers have said “hell no” according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.

    As well they should. Despite all of the “antics” that have been talked about in the last month, Brown remains one of the elite receivers in the NFL and is an will remain a fixture in Pittsburgh. Steelers president Art Rooney II has already said an extension for Brown is a priority as the 28-year-old wideout has clearly outperformed his current contract signed in 2012. Without the extension, Brown will play 2017 for $8.71 million-an outrageously low salary given his production-and would be eligible for free agency in 2018.

    In an interview with Freeman included in the article, Brown acknowledged that he has “some growing up to do”. There is no doubt he will be doing that growing up in Pittsburgh.

     
  • The City of Pittsburgh All Seemed to Watch the Super Bowl; Can the Steelers Get to the Next One?

    If you meet anyone from Pittsburgh today who told you they didn’t watch Tom Brady and the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI on Sunday, they are probably lying.

    Overall the Steel City had the best ratings of ANY in the country when it come to TV ratings for the annual super showdown between the NFC and AFC, drawing a crazy 57.9 share last night.

    They beat out Buffalo (57.2) and Atlanta (57.0) as the top city in America that watched Sunday’s wild Pats comeback, led by Brady, as they beat the Falcons in the first Super Bowl overtime 34-28.

    With Super Bowl LI over, already the odds are out for what teams to look for next season, and what teams are favorites to make a trip to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII.

    Sites like whichbettingsites.com have the Steelers high up on the list not only in the AFC, but overall when it comes to the top teams in the NFL.

    Right now the black and gold are listed at 10-1 odds to make it to the Super Bowl, meaning if you put $10 on the Steelers to get to the dance next year and they do, you would take home $100.

    The Patriots, fresh off their 5th ring, are the top AFC team and are at the top of the list, sitting at 5-1 to repeat as AFC Champs and get back to the Super Bowl.

    Of course all bets about the black and gold are off if the stunning revelation after the season by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that he might not come back in 2017 turns out to be true.

    You would have to think if the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback decides to hang it up, the odds of the Steelers going back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2010 season would be drastically different, and not in a good way.

    So what are the chances the Steelers finally overcome and get back to the Super Bowl next season? Well, the biggest offseason issues will be the new deal for WR Antonio Brown, as well as getting something done with free agent running back Le’Veon Bell.

    Also making sure to keep their franchise quarterback happy is of the upmost importance as well, as if the team loses Ben, things are going to change drastically.

    It’s a shame that Brady didn’t get up on the platform last night and say he’s walking away, as that would change things drastically in the NFL as well.

    For now, the Pats will continue to be the biggest block in the way of the Steelers playing in the biggest game of the year.

     
  • NFL Looking Into Le’Veon Bell Injury and If the Steelers Reported It Correctly

    While the Steelers are still licking their wounds over a disaster of an AFC Title Game last week, there’s now news that the NFL is looking into the injury for running back Le’Veon Bell.

    The NFL is looking to see if the team properly listed Bell on the injury report, an injury that eventually ended his game and most of the running output for the Steelers in the 19-point loss.

    Here’s the report from ESPN:

    The NFL is investigating whether the Pittsburgh Steelers properly listed running back Le’Veon Bell on last week’s injury reports, a source told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter on Friday.

    Bell said after Sunday’s AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots that he had been managing a groin injury in recent weeks. Bell was hurt in the game and carried the ball five times for 18 yards.

    Bell got consecutive Wednesdays off during the playoffs with a “not injury related” designation, and, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Bell had an excused absence on Jan. 19. A source close to Bell told ESPN that the absence was specifically for a personal matter and not groin-related.

    What could come of the eventual situation with Bell and will the Steelers get punished? It’s probably going to be nothing more than a slap on the wrist if anything, but as usual with the NFL, you never know what’s going to happen.

     
  • 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 ESPN.com 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”

     
 
 
 
 

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