Steelers Rumors & News

  • Steelers will play without T.J. Watt, Marcus Gilbert this week

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers have ruled out starters on each side of the ball ahead of Sunday’s game against the Bears. Linebacker T.J. Watt hurt his groin in last Sunday’s victory over the Vikings, but didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday before being ruled out by the team. Watt was replaced by Anthony..." September 22

  • Sack dance costs Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree $12,154

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree picked up his first sack of the season Sunday against the Vikings, and it was a costly one. Dupree was fined $12,154 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct. It turns out Dupree’s sack dance was deemed sexually suggestive by the league. " September 22

  • Report: Predatory Lenders Are Preying On NFL Concussion Settlement Plaintiffs

    Deadspin "As the NFL’s estimated $1 billion concussion settlement winds its way through the process of getting the money into the hands of the former players it’s supposed to compensate, lawyers for some of those retired players told a federal judge this week about how predatory lenders and advisers have..." September 22

  • If NFL ratings stay low, broadcasters could see a $200 million earnings hit

    Awful Announcing "The NFL’s ratings have been a hot topic of discussion, but it isn’t always apparent just how much a dip may damage broadcasters’ bottom lines. That’s the focus of a Hollywood Reporter piece by Paul Bond and Georg Szalai published Wednesday, though, which features several Wall Street analysts..." September 22

  • After missing camp, Steelers' Le'Veon Bell yet to hit full speed

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With 107 yards from scrimmage Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Le'Veon Bell would rank third on the NFL all-time list for players after 50 career games. Bell, who has 6,188 scrimmage yards, would surpass Eric Dickerson and trail only another Hall of Fame runner, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Edgerrin..." September 22

  • Stephon Tuitt, T.J. Watt might be ready to play Sunday against Bears

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The news was good Wednesday in regards to the injury statuses of a player in each of the three levels of the Steelers defense. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt said he “made tremendous steps” during Wednesday's practice. Linebacker T.J. Watt said he “felt pretty good” taking part in it. For safety..." September 21

  • NFL doesn’t think a 2018 game in China is feasible

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has continued to do business in China, but it doesn’t appear there’s going to be a game there soon. Via Albert Breer of, any hope of the league playing a regular season game in China appears to be on hold for now, according to the head of the league’s international..." September 21

  • Roger Goodell's NFL extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now'

    CBS Sports "After a bit of turmoil, Roger Goodell's extension finally seems to be on the way. With his current contract expiring in 2019, Goodell's extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Owner Jerry Jones was reportedly spearheading a small-scale owners' mutiny..." September 21

  • Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show

    Larry Brown Sports "Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen. A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no interest in performing at the Super Bowl despite rumors that he could take the stage with Justin..." September 20

  • Mike Tomlin is right: Steelers are 'too fragile' to take Bears for granted

    Sporting News "The Steelers are favored by 7 1/2 points in their road game Sunday at Soldier Field, which may be a positive development only to fans of betting the underdog — and to fans of the Bears, of course. Although it would seem playing bad teams would be good news for a team as successful recently as..." September 20

  • NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

    ESPN "The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating. "The matter is under review under of the league's personal conduct policy," a league spokesman said Tuesday. All league employees are subject..." September 19

  • NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

    Sportsnaut "It was announced last week that the Canadian Football League (CFL) was ending contact practices during the season. To many, this came as an absolute shock. How are teams expected to prepare for the physical nature of football without actually practicing what a game itself entails? In an attempt..." September 19

  • Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related. Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just haven’t been enough of them so far this season. NFL teams are averaging 2.1 touchdowns per game so far this season, compared to 2.6..." September 19

  • Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises with an estimated value..." September 18

  • Steelers pass rush has been so good that it's masking other defensive flaws

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers’ defense had only two sacks Sunday in a 26-9 win against the Vikings at Heinz Field. That is amazing, to be honest, because it sure seemed like they recorded a whole lot more. That’s because Vikings quarterback Case Keenum seemed to be on the run far more than he was able to..." September 18

  • What does T.J. Watt do for an encore?

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "T.J. Watt is nothing if not economical. Watch him rush the quarterback. There is barely any wasted motion. Now listen to him talk. There is none. The Steelers’ rookie linebacker moves quickly toward the point, whether he is discussing the prospect of breaking out some new pass-rush moves (“I..." September 17

  • Stephon Tuitt out for Steelers

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings won’t have quarterback Sam Bradford in the lineup on Sunday and Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt won’t be chasing his replacement Case Keenum. Tuitt injured his biceps in the season opener and initial reports raised the possibility that he’d miss the entire season, but that..." September 17

  • Steelers rookie T.J. Watt sidelined with groin injury

    Sporting News "T.J. Watt's momentous launch to the NFL has come to a halt. The Steelers announced the rookie linebacker has been downgraded to out with a groin injury and will miss the remainder of Sunday's home opener against the Vikings. Watt suffered the injury in the first half and was seen standing on..." September 17

  • Ben Roethlisberger not fined for shot at Emmanuel Ogbah’s ankle

    Pro Football Talk "Ordinarily, when we ask the NFL if players were fined for actions on Sunday, we’re asking about defensive players getting fined for hits on quarterbacks. But this week we wanted to know if Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was fined for a shot he took at Browns defensive lineman Emmanuel..." September 16

  • Ryan Shazier fined nearly $25K for illegal hit on DeShone Kizer

    Sportsnaut "The NFL has imposed a significant fine on Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier for a hit he laid on Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer in Week 1. Shazier told reporters on Friday that he’ll be appealing the $24,309 fine levied against him by the league, per ESPN’s Jeremy..." September 15

  • Mike Tomlin 'irate' over appearance of officials using video board to call penalty

    CBS Sports "The Steelers were penalized 13 times for 144 yards in Sunday's 21-18 win over the Browns. And while coach Mike Tomlin was generally displeased with all the flags, he was apoplectic about one call in particular. It happened late in the third quarter when Steelers cornerback William Gay hit Browns..." September 14

  • Ben Roethlisberger on the Browns: 'That team is going to surprise a lot of people'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ben Roethlisberger threw a bouquet at the Browns Wednesday instead of his usual shade. "That's a really good defense," Roethlisberger said Wednesday during his locker room availability when asked about Joe Haden not being with the Browns anymore. "That team is going to surprise a lot of..." September 14

  • Le'Veon Bell: 'I'm just executing the game plan and doing what I'm told'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "There were times last season when Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell would not come off the field. He’d play the entire game. He did it against the Bengals late last season and played all but one play in two other games against the Ravens and Giants. If the coaches wanted to give him a breather,..." September 14

  • Four-receiver sets — minus Le'Veon Bell — could be staple for Steelers

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "One offensive look the Steelers flashed throughout the season opener in Cleveland featured four wide receivers, a tight end and nobody other than quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the backfield. That Le'Veon Bell was not included was an unexpected surprise for the Pro Bowl running back, who led..." September 14

  • Ben Roethlisberger says Browns are 'going to surprise a lot of people'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ben Roethlisberger threw a bouquet at the Browns Wednesday instead of his usual shade. "That's a really good defense," Roethlisberger said Wednesday during his locker room availability when asked about Joe Haden not being with the Browns anymore. "That team is going to surprise a lot of..." September 13

  • Ben Roethlisberger has interesting critique of Pittsburgh fans

    Sportsnaut "Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers will make their 2017 regular season home debut against the Minnesota Vikings at Heinz Field this week. It’s a venue that has in the past acted as a tremendous home-field advantage for Pittsburgh. But it in no way compares to the old Three Rivers..." September 13

  • Le’Veon Bell heads to Dairy Queen for work

    Sportsnaut "In case this whole football thing doesn’t work, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has a back-up plan. On his first off day of the season, Bell made good on a promise to work at the fast food chain Dairy Queen. It’s something that Bell himself brought up to fans and fantasy football..." September 13

  • NFL veteran thinks national anthem protests are ‘basically dead’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the number of national anthem protests we saw during the NFL preseason, it was widely expected that Week 1 would feature several such demonstrations across the league. Surprisingly, there were very few. That may not have been a coincidence. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with..." September 13

  • Tomlin will "leave light on" for Tuitt to play Sunday

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he will "leave the light on" for defensive end Stephon Tuitt to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, a surprising turn of events from the previous 48 hours. Once feared to be out for the season after lasting just two plays in the season opener..." September 12

  • Point finger at offensive line for Steelers' run woes

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It's the lowest of low-hanging fruit. Le'Veon Bell stayed away from training camp. So blame that absence for the Steelers' sputtering run game against the Browns in the season opener. That seems to be a prevailing opinion of many fans and media members in the wake of Pittsburgh's 21-18..." September 12

  • Browns player rips NFL after illegal move by Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger

    Sporting News "Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was spotted going after a defender's knees in Sunday's win over the Browns. That defender was Browns defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah, who was perplexed as to why Big Ben was diving for his ankles. Not only did Roethlisberger go after him, but he then..." September 11

  • Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct. Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of..." September 11

  • Steelers activate Bell from exempt list, release LB Steven Johnson

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Steelers activated running back Le'Veon Bell from his two-week roster exemption Saturday and released linebacker Steven Johnson. Bell will start against the Browns on Sunday less than a week after rejoining the team on the practice field after staying away from the team the entire..." September 10

  • Bud Dupree out for Steelers

    Pro Football Talk "Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree missed nine of the team’s 16 regular season games last year. He’s 0-for-1 in 2017. Dupree was placed on the inactive list for Sunday’s game against the Browns after being listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. Dupree hurt his shoulder during the..." September 10

  • Le'Veon Bell walked away from more than $18M in 2017 alone during holdout

    CBS Sports "While the Steelers and the agent for Le'Veon Bell never formally agreed to terms on a new contract with the deadline to sign the player on the franchise tag approaching this summer, they did draw up a contract all sides hoped the running back would sign, according to league sources. That deal..." September 10

  • Hue Jackson 'irate' with Haden release as tensions rise between front office, coaches

    Pro Football Talk "One of the challenges for the Browns if they ever want to get out of their perpetual rebuild is to find a coaching staff and a front office that both A) qualified for those roles, and B) on the same page. And even if Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown turn out to be A, it seems they’re far from B at..." September 10

  • The full Stephon Tuitt details

    Pro Football Talk "Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt didn’t get a big contract as a rookie in 2014. He has one now, just as the last year of his first contract was set to begin. Per a source with knowledge of the deal, here are the full details: 1. $11 million signing bonus; 2. $1 million base salary..." September 09

  • Steelers' gameplan for Browns rookie DeShone Kizer: 'Hit him often, hit him early'

    CBS Sports "DeShone Kizer hasn't even played in a real NFL game and he already has something in common with arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady: opposing defenses use the same gameplan against both of them. In the lead up to the Steelers' Week 1 contest against the Browns, Steelers..." September 09

  • Stephon Tuitt, Steelers Agree to 5-Year, $60M Contract Extension

    Bleacher Report "Three years after making Stephon Tuitt a second-round draft pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers have rewarded their star defensive lineman with a five-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the..." September 09

  • Crazy Ben Roethlisberger stat against Browns highlights Cleveland’s QB mistakes

    Sportsnaut "Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers head into Cleveland in Week 1. With a win, Big Ben would do something no Browns quarterback has done since 1999. Here’s the skinny. Roethlisberger has won 10 games against the Browns in games played in Cleveland. The only Browns quarterback to..." September 09

  • Stephon Tuitt says he's close to signing an extension with the Steelers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt is close to signing a contract extension with the Steelers. Tuitt, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, has until Saturday to get a new contract negotiated. The Steelers don’t negotiate contracts once the season begins. “We’re going to see,”..." September 07

  • Steelers' Martavis Bryant on first game back: 'I'm going to be ready'

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A wait that will surpass 600 days will end Sunday for Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant. When the season opens in Cleveland, that's how long it will have been since Bryant last suited up in a meaningful NFL game, since the Steelers played at Denver in an AFC divisional playoff game on Jan...." September 07

  • Steelers restructure Heyward's contract, save over $3M in cap space

    Steelers Depot "The Pittsburgh Steelers are obviously close to signing defensive end Stephon Tuitt to a long-term contract extension ahead of the start of the 2017 regular season. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the team has now restructured the contract of fellow defensive end Cameron Heyward in..." September 06

  • NFL officially hires 21 full-time officials

    Sportsnaut "It was announced earlier in the summer that the NFL would in fact employ nearly two-dozen full-time officials for the 2017 season. It’s the first time that the league has gone to the extent of hiring full-time zebras. The league has now officially made the move, hiring 21 full-time officials..." September 06

  • Tomlin: Bell in 'great physical condition'

    Pro Football Talk "Running back Le'Veon Bell practiced with the Steelers Monday, ending an absence from the field that stretched through the team’s offseason program and all their work this summer. Bell described himself as “a little winded” after going through the session, but coach Mike Tomlin had a more..." September 05

  • T.J. Watt listed ahead of Harrison on Steelers' depth chart

    ESPN "The Steelers have named rookie T.J. Watt as their starting right outside linebacker, making official what has been brewing for much of the preseason. James Harrison, 39, will back him up, barring a change in developments in practices this week. Asked about the switch -- Watt had been listed..." September 05

  • Le'Veon Bell, Stephen A. Smith have back and forth on Twitter

    247 Sports "Le'Veon Bell obviously doesn't like what Stephen A. Smith is saying about him. Bell made that clear on Tuesday morning when responding to things Smith was apparently saying about him, which led to a back and forth between the two. Bell might be pleased to hear that Dan Le Batard, who hosts..." September 05

  • Le'Veon Bell says preseason holdout wasn't about money but this one simple fact

    CBS Sports "After missing every minute of training camp and four preseason games, Le'Veon Bell finally returned to Pittsburgh on Monday to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender and rejoin his teammates. That means that the league's most dynamic running back is playing on a one-year deal. It didn't have..." September 05

  • Le’Veon Bell: No hard feelings toward Steelers after holdout

    Larry Brown Sports "Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell did not get what he wanted in contract negotiations with the team, but he says that he’s not going to hold a grudge. Bell said Monday upon returning to camp that he will harbor no hard feelings toward the Steelers, even as he ends up playing out..." September 04

  • Le’Veon Bell “a little winded” in practice, but says he’s ready for full load

    Pro Football Talk "Running back Le'Veon Bell practiced with the Steelers on Monday for the first time since January and the layoff had one immediate effect on him. Bell said, via Aditi Kinhabwala of NFL Media, that he felt “a little winded” after his first time back on the field since signing his franchise..." September 04