Steelers Rumors & News

  • Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert Suspended 4 Games For PED Violation

    NFL Trade Rumors "Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert has been suspended four games for violating NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing substances, according to Ed Bouchette. The Steelers and Gilbert previously discussed a potential contract extension back in August, but nothing ever came of the..." November 20

  • Roger Goodell To Soon Sign Five-Year, $200M Extension

    Real GM Football "Roger Goodell's contract extension is expected to be completed in December at the owners' meetings. Momentum to delay the deal has dissipated "meaningfully," in the estimation of one league source. Jerry Jones has been attempting to block Goodell's extension." November 20

  • Steelers defense bolstered by depth in secondary

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Injuries that sidelined two starting defensive backs for a game against a division leader could have crippled most NFL teams. That's especially true for one that has spent much of its financial resources on offense. The Steelers, though, overcame some hiccups by the substitutes in the..." November 19

  • Making the Pro Bowl would mean a lot to Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pro Bowl ballots won't be counted for another month. That doesn't mean some early campaigning isn't being done in the Steelers locker room on behalf of their defensive captain. “Cam Heyward for Pro Bowl!” a teammate yelled as he walked past Heyward's locker after the Steelers' win against the..." November 18

  • Pittsburgh Steelers defense showing championship form

    USA Today "The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2) busted out of an offensive slump Thursday night, hanging 40 points on the Tennessee Titans in a victory that kept Pittsburgh’s slim hold on the AFC’s No. 1 seed. But the defense, as it has all season, continued to answer the call, shutting down a Titans offense that..." November 17

  • Antonio Brown is quickest receiver to 700 catches

    Pro Football Talk "Antonio Brown had a huge game for the Steelers on Thursday night and he reached a milestone on his way to 10 catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Brown’s eighth catch of the night was the 700th of his career and he reached that mark in fewer games than any other player in NFL histoy. It..." November 17

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Michael Vick set to complete final payment in bankruptcy case

    USA Today "Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick listed his mailing address in his 2008 bankruptcy filing as Leavenworth, the federal prison in Kansas where he was detained at the time. The bankruptcy filing -- which came a year after he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge related to running a..." November 16

  • Todd Haley's daughters asked him why he was yelling at Ben Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The way things are going for the Steelers offense these days, even Todd Haley’s daughters have questioned his calls on the sideline. It wasn’t one of the offensive coordinator’s play calls, though; it was all that yelling he did during a 2-point conversion confusion in the fourth quarter Sunday..." November 15

  • Le’Veon Bell trying to limit lost yardage

    Fanrag Sports "Le’Veon Bell is searching for answers as he dives into why he’s losing more yards on carries this season in comparison to years past. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is averaging 3.8 yards per carry in 2017, and he hasn’t finished under 4.0 yards per rush since his rookie season. “There..." November 15

  • The Steelers are 7-2, and that's all that matters to Ben Roethlisberger

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The masses, as Ramon Foster referred to Ben Roethlisberger’s critics, are saying Roethlisberger is having a bad season, that he and the Steelers offense are underachieving, that the team is winning with defense and in spite of him, that it’s time for him to retire since he talked about it after..." November 15

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • Report: Several Steelers want Haley in press box during games

    247 Sports "Todd Haley's name continues to be tied to negative reports following Pittsburgh's victory over the Colts. A day after reporting that Haley is "on the hot seat," Andrew Fillipponi of 93.7 The Fan is reporting that several players and coaches want Haley in the press box instead of the sideline..." November 14

  • Ben Roethlisberger rips football on Thursdays, says NFL needs to get rid of it

    CBS Sports "Every week in the NFL, there seems to be at least one new player out there who's unhappy with playing football on Thursdays, and this week that player is Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers will be hosting the Titans on Thursday night this week, and let's just say that Big Ben isn't happy about..." November 14

  • Joe Haden could miss only three weeks

    Pro Football Talk "The news initially was bad regarding Steelers cornerback Joe Haden. It may not be quite as bad as at first feared. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Haden could miss only three weeks with a slight fracture of the fibula. The injury will not require surgery." November 13

  • Steelers punter Jordan Berry enjoys 'great, great day'

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Steelers punter Jordan Berry did his part on what ended up a dramatic and meaningful tackle to save two points after a blocked extra point on Sunday. But he also had a fantastic game performing his "day-job" duties in what ended up a 20-17 victory at the Colts. Berry's six punts went for a..." November 13

  • Mike Mitchell hopes to keep playing through strained soleus muscle

    Pro Football Talk "Steelers safety Mike Mitchell made an exit during Sunday’s win over the Colts on Sunday with an apparent ankle injury. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s not his ankle — and it’s not a new injury. The source says Mitchell has been playing for the past few weeks with a Grade 1..." November 13

  • Ben Roethlisberger rips football on Thursdays, says NFL needs to get rid of it

    CBS Sports "Every week in the NFL, there seems to be at least one new player out there who's unhappy with playing football on Thursdays, and this week that player is Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers will be hosting the Titans on Thursday night this week, and let's just say that Big Ben isn't happy about..." November 13

  • Steelers linebacker on Lucas Oil crowd: It sounded like 'we were at home'

    USA Today "They weren't booing. They were saying JuJu. Thousands of gold towels helicoptered in the air across Lucas Oil Stadium as hoards of black-and-gold clad fans screamed after each big play the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie sensation made. "JU-JU!" They shouted after Smith-Schuster hauled in a..." November 13

  • Steelers have history of strong 2nd halves

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It's been since 2012 that the Steelers weren't a better team in November and December than they were in September and October. If they pull that feat again this year, they'll be sitting pretty. In games 9 though 16 of the season from 2013-2016, the Steelers went 25-7 and never were worse..." November 12

  • Steelers lose Mike Mitchell, Joe Haden

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers lost cornerback Joe Haden to a left leg injury. He returned to the sideline on crutches and wearing a leg sleeve. The team has ruled out his return, obviously. It got worse when safety Mike Mitchell was carted off early in the third quarter to have his ankle evaluated. Mitchell..." November 12

  • Joe Haden Diagnosed with Broken Fibula

    Bleacher Report "Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Joe Haden left the team's Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts with a broken fibula. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the diagnosis after Pittsburgh's 20-17 win. Haden was injured after appearing to make contact with a Colts..." November 12

  • Antonio Brown: Steelers offense ‘on the brink’ of breaking out

    Sportsnaut "The Pittsburgh Steelers are returning to action after a week off on their bye and hope to add to their three-game winning streak. This weekend they will face the Indianapolis Colts with the goal of becoming 7-2 by the end of Sunday’s game. Steelers star wideout Antonio Brown says their offense..." November 10

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • Mike Tomlin: Plan is to play Martavis Bryant Sunday

    247 Sports "Mike Tomlin has been pleased with Martavis Bryant's temperament since being benched two weeks ago. Because of that, Tomlin said on Tuesday that the plan is for Bryant to be back in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Colts. Bryant was inactive in Pittsburgh's Week 8 victory over..." November 07

  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster Gets Driver's License at 20 Years Old

    TMZ "Big day for Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ... the 20-year-old is FINALLY licensed to drive a car. For some reason, the NFL rookie never got around to getting his license when he was 16 ... and had been using a bike (which was recently stolen) to get back and forth to the Steelers..." November 07

  • Steelers' Martavis Bryant works with 1st-team offense, vows to make fresh start

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Martavis Bryant was back working with the first-team offense Monday when the Steelers resumed practice after a four-day break on their bye. The issue is whether the embattled wide receiver will be in that same spot Sunday when the Steelers open the second half of their season at the..." November 07

  • The Steelers have invested in their defense, and it's showing

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers defense has led the team to a three-game winning streak and a 6-2 record that is tied for best in the AFC with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs at the halfway point of the NFL season. It ranks second in the league in points allowed, fourth in total yards, second in..." November 05

  • Kenny Smith 'Texans Owner's Comments Could Screw Team In Free Agency'

    TMZ "Bob McNair's "inmates" comments could serve as free agent repellent ... scaring off top NFL players who simply don't want to play for the Houston Texans owner ... so says Kenny Smith. The former Rockets star is a legend in Houston and says McNair's comments at a recent NFL owner's meeting --..." November 05

  • Steelers' L.T. Walton earns coaches' trust, 'deserves to play' after recent performance

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Steelers' depth chart at defensive end lists a pair of starters who were blue-chip recruits, went to big-time programs and were taken in the first 1½ rounds of the draft. The top backup is a former top-10 draft choice. No. 4 on the list? L.T. Walton, a former two-star recruit who went to..." November 04

  • NFL owners called for depositions, cellphone records in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

    ESPN "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, among others, will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL, a league source told ESPN's Adam..." November 03

  • CBS boss Les Moonves: NFL player protests not affecting advertising

    Sporting News "While Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is blaming “poor leadership” at the NFL, vis a vis player protests during the national anthem, for a decline in the company’s pizza sales, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves insists there is no evidence of advertiser erosion during broadcasts of the league’s..." November 03

  • Man who turned in Smith-Schuster's stolen bike waiting on reward

    CBS Pittsburgh "“Somebody stole my bike.” With those words on Twitter last week, Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started a social media storm. His bike got its own Twitter page, the sports networks picked it up and ran with it, and JuJu’s teammates called for the bike’s immediate..." November 02

  • Pittsburgh Steelers not trading away Martavis Bryant "The Pittsburgh Steelers won't grant Martavis Bryant's wish. The veteran wideout, who was unhappy with his role in the Steelers' offense and expressed interest in being traded from the team earlier this month, is not going anywhere, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. Rapoport..." October 31

  • James Andrew Miller: Why ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football

    The Hollywood Reporter "It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games? ​In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. As it..." October 30

  • Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

    Sporting News "Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action. To many, it seems odd that the NFL has not embraced trades the way other leagues have. Bad teams in other sports become sellers, and the trade..." October 30

  • Stats suggest Joe Haden is Steelers' best cornerback

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "In a relatively short period of time, the Steelers went from scrambling to find a cornerback who could play to believing they have two No. 1 cornerbacks. When they acquired the second of those No. 1 guys (Joe Haden), they moved the other (Artie Burns) from the left side to the right. Suddenly,..." October 29

  • Bengals' Vontaze Burfict fires back as Steelers' Le'Veon Bell trash talks Joe Mixon

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Cincinnati Bengals weren’t far into their enjoyment of a 24-23 victory over the Indianapolis Colts when word of in-game tweets from Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell about Joe Mixon was already a topic – especially with linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who was not shy about voicing his..." October 29

  • Bell fires back at Bengals' Mixon: 'Seems like you wanna be me'

    Bleacher Report "Cincinnati Bengals rookie Joe Mixon apparently spends a lot of time thinking about Le'Veon Bell. After seeing limited touches in last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mixon compared himself to the veteran running back. "Me personally, I feel like I can do way more than [Bell] did,"..." October 29

  • Contenders calling Steelers about Bryant

    Bleacher Report "Multiple contending teams have reportedly inquired about Pittsburgh Steelers disgruntled wide receiver Martavis Bryant, including the New England Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport of Bryant, who has been unhappy with his role in Pittsburgh's offense, requested a trade last week. But..." October 29

  • The Steelers are getting to QBs with four-man rushes. That's exactly what they want.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "One of the main reasons the Steelers drafted outside linebacker T.J. Watt in the first round was to become less reliant on the blitz. Getting pressure on the quarterback with four players and dropping seven into coverage is the preferred way to play on defense for obvious reasons. It allows seven..." October 28

  • Vontaze Burfict fined only $12,154 for kicking Roosevelt Nix

    Pro Football Talk "When Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict kicked Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix on Sunday, there was talk that he could be suspended, given Burfict’s long history of cheap shots and player safety violations. So the fine the NFL confirmed today actually looks a little paltry: Burfict was fined..." October 27

  • Coaching staff says Ben Roethlisberger can forget about QB sneaks

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A day after Ben Roethlisberger campaigned to run more quarterback sneaks at the goal line or on third- or fourth-and-1, his offensive coordinator played coy about calling the play. “Maybe we'll have to get it in,” Todd Haley said with a smile. Why haven't the Steelers to this..." October 27

  • Steelers Rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster's Stolen Bike Found

    SI "Just a guess, but I think Steelers rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster might be the only player in the NFL without a driver’s license. That means he has to ride his bike everywhere. Or at least, he did, until someone stole his bike on Tuesday. (UPDATE: It’s been found!) Smith-Schuster was forced to walk..." October 25

  • Martavis Bryant says Mike Tomlin told him he won’t play Week 8

    Larry Brown Sports "The Pittsburgh Steelers have maintained that they will not trade Martavis Bryant despite the headache he is creating for the team, but it certainly seems like they are taking disciplinary action against the wide receiver. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bryant was demoted to the scout team..." October 25

  • Chris Christie calls NFL “hypocrisy” on gambling “overwhelming”

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL paves the way for putting a team in Las Vegas, it continues to push back against the ongoing effort to pave the way for sports wagering in all 50 states. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose state’s effort to launch sports wagering sparked the lawsuit that will be resolved by the..." October 25