Team Notebook: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Steelers | Ryan Shazier should play
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:26:52 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) should be able to play in Week 8, but it is not known if he will start at inside linebacker. Shazier and LB Sean Spence shared reps with the starting defense during practice Friday, Oct. 24.


Steelers | LeGarrette Blount to return kicks
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:26:19 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount will replace RB Dri Archer as the team's kick returner.


Steelers | Mike Adams likely will start
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:45:35 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Mike X. Adams likely will start at right tackle in Week 8, because OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion) is listed as doubtful for the game.


Steelers | Friday injury report for Week 8
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:25:50 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) have been ruled out for Week 8. OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion) is listed as doubtful, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) and LB Ryan Shazier (knee) are listed as probable. Gilbert and McLendon did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24. Taylor and Thomas were limited during practice, while the other players fully participated in practice.


Steelers | Thursday practice report
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:33:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) didn't practice Thursday, Oct. 23. CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) were limited, while S Mike Mitchell (non-injury) and LB Ryan Shazier (knee) practiced in full.


Steelers | Wednesday practice report
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:51:48 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. LB Ryan Shazier (knee), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) were limited during practice.


Steelers | Lance Moore played one snap
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:21:25 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore, who played just one snap in Week 7, said he wasn't injured during the game.


Steelers | No charges for Maurkice Pouncey
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:23:40 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey will not be charged for a July altercation in a Miami Beach nightclub.


Steelers | Ryan Shazier, Shamarko Thomas could return
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:14:31 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) "have a pretty good chance" of returning in Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.


Steelers | Martavis Bryant emerges as another WR option
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:48:08 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant cut into WR Markus Wheaton's workload in Week 7 against the Houston Texans, and QB Ben Roethlisberger took three "shot" plays down the field to Bryant. The team is unsettled at receiver behind WR Antonio Brown, with WRs Wheaton, Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey fighting for targets. It was the first game in which Bryant was active this year.


Steelers | Le'Veon Bell sets team record
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:45 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell became the first running back in team history to start the year with seven straight games of 100 yards of total offense. Bell ran 12 times for 57 yards and caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 7 win over the Houston Texans Monday, Oct. 20.


Steelers | Marcus Gilbert has concussion
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:01:36 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (concussion) is out for the remainder of the team's Week 7 game after being diagnosed with a concussion.


Steelers | Marcus Gilbert exits game
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:29:40 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (head) left the game Monday, Oct. 20, and is being evaluated for a concussion. OT Mike Adams replaced Gilbert.


Steelers | Week 7 Inactives
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:59:46 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon inactive for Week 7.


Steelers | Shaquille Richardson released
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:04:45 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Shaquille Richardson (undisclosed) was released from the practice squad injured list with an injury settlement Monday, Oct. 20.


Steelers | Saturday practice report
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:21:05 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) and CB Ike Taylor (forearm) have been ruled out for Week 7. SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) did not practice Saturday, Oct. 18, and has been ruled out. LB Ryan Shazier (knee) was limited and is questionable. DE Cam Heyward (ankle), Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), FS Mike Mitchell (knee) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury related) participated fully.


Steelers | Friday practice report
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:45:09 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17. FB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), FS Mike Mitchell (knee) and LB Ryan Shazier (knee) were limited during practice, while DE Cam Heyward (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) fully participated in practice.


Steelers | Cortez Allen being benched
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:49:43 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Cortez Allen will be benched in favor of CB Brice McCain in Week 7 against the Houston Texans Monday night. It's the second time in as many years that Allen has been benched for poor play. "He's still basically a young player," defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. "He's at a difficult position. Sometimes, there are ups and downs out there. I have great confidence that he'll fight himself through this and be a very strong player."


Steelers | Thursday practice report
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:16:07 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) and CB Ike Taylor (forearm) have been ruled out for Week 7. RB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), FS Mike Mitchell (knee) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury related) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. DE Cam Heyward (ankle), LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) were limited.


Steelers | Derek Moye released
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:11:26 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Derek Moye was released Wednesday, Oct. 15.


Steelers | Shaquille Richardson on practice squad IR
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:07:44 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Shaquille Richardson (undisclosed) has been placed on the Reserve/Injured list on the practice squad, and he doesn't count on the active practice squad roster.


Steelers | Three signed to practice squad
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:05:12 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent C Adam Gettis (Redskins), DE Ethan Hemer (Steelers) and DB Jordan Sullen (Bears) to their practice squad Wednesday, Oct. 15.


Steelers | Le'Veon Bell looking for plea deal
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:11:37 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be accepted into a probation program in his case for marijuana possession and driving under the influence charges, according to his attorney. Bell likely would serve one year of probation and could have his arrest record expunged.


Steelers | Le'Veon Bell waives hearing
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:04:04 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Oct. 15, on marijuana possession and driving under the influence chargers. That means he and his attorney acknowledge police have enough evidence for the charges to go to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, where Bell must either plead to all or some of the charges or stand trial.


Steelers | Steve McLendon injured
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:48:10 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 6 and will not return.


Steelers | Week 6 Inactives
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:47:54 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Cam Thomas, OG Chris Hubbard, DT Daniel McCullers, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, WR Martavis Bryant, LB Ryan Shazier inactive for Week 6.


Steelers | Make two roster moves
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 12:53:01 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed CB Ross Ventrone from their practice squad and waived OG Wesley Johnson Saturday, Oct. 11.


Steelers | Martavis Bryant could dress
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:20:08 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Martavis Bryant could be active in Week 6 for the first time this season.


Steelers | Big Ben likes facing Cleveland
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:38:47 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 365 yards with a touchdown in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, the team's Week 6 opponent. Over his past eight starts against the Browns, Roethlisberger has thrown two or more touchdown passes. However, in 19 career starts, he has eclipsed 281 yards just twice.


Steelers | Antonio Brown to come up big again?
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:38:06 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will face the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. He punished he Browns for 116 yards on five receptions with a touchdown in Week 1, and he has 87 or more receiving yards in five of his past six games against Cleveland, scoring four times in those six outings.


Steelers | Heath Miller to break TD drought?
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:57:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller posted three receptions for 26 yards in the Week 1 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, the team's Week 6 opponent. Miller hasn't scored a touchdown against the Browns in six games dating back to Week 17 of the 2010 season.


Steelers | Friday injury report
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:20:08 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and FS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) have been ruled out for Week 6. DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) are listed as probable. Taylor and Thomas did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 10. Shazier was limited during practice, while Keisel, Mitchell and Polamalu fully participated in practice.


Steelers | Heath Miller should play
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:18:56 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is listed as probable for Week 6.


Steelers | Thursday practice report
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:47:23 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury related), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 9. LB Ryan Shazier (knee) was limited. DE Brett Keisel (non-injury related) and FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury related) participated fully.


Steelers | Heath Miller fully participates
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:43:14 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury related) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.


Steelers | Le'Veon Bell to see more carries?
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:08:02 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell wasn't the focus of the offensive in the Week 5 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw nine passes, was sacked twice and didn't hand the ball off once in the red zone in the game. Bell ran for 82 yards on 15 carries in the game, and he has 460 yards this year. "I feel like a lot of runners in the NFL: the more they get the ball, the more they get into a rhythm," Bell said. "The better (rhythm) I get, the game kind of slows down for you. You get into kind of a zone, as people will say." Bell is poised to see more carries against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. The Browns are 29th in rush defense and are allowing 152.5 rushing yards per game. Bell hinted the team won't be so one-dimensional in the red zone against the Browns.


Steelers | Justin Brown ahead of Lance Moore
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:03:26 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Justin Brown is higher on the depth chart than WR Lance Moore, because the team believes Brown is a better receiver than Moore.


Steelers | Wednesday practice report
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:58:30 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), FS Mike Mitchell (non-injury), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 8.


Steelers | Heath Miller misses practice
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:49:11 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 8.


Steelers | Shamarko Thomas injury update
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:50:35 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) did not suffer a significant hamstring injury and did some running Tuesday, Oct. 7.


Steelers | Ike Taylor remains out
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:49:50 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor (arm) remains out, and his arm is still in a cast after surgery a couple weeks ago.


Steelers | Ryan Shazier expected to practice
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:48:57 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) is scheduled to practice in some capacity Wednesday, Oct. 7, and is close to returning from a knee injury.


Steelers | Le'Veon Bell sets team record
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:56:32 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has recorded 688 yards from scrimmage in his first five games, which sets a franchise record. Bell is also the first player in team history to record 100 yards from scrimmage in his first five games of a season. Bell rushed for 82 yards and caught five passes for 36 yards in Week 5.


Steelers | Run defense playing well
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:53:08 -0700

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to rush for 56 yards in Week 5, which is the third consecutive week that they have held their opponents to under 100 rushing yards.


Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger disappointed
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:40:33 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he was unhappy with his play in Week 5 even though he went 26-for-36 for 273 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. "I was a little disappointed in the way I played," Roethlisberger said. "I want to say the line played a lot better than what the stats are going to say. That's a good defensive front. They got after it. I know there are going to be some stats on sacks, but the line played a lot better than it will be written. A lot of those are on me."