Monday, August 20, 2018 12:58 PM America
The Steelers have been without Vance McDonald for most of training camp because of a foot injury and now another tight end is out with an injury.
Third-year tight end Xavier Grimble underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb/wrist area, according to a source. Grimble hopes to return for Week 1 but will most likely miss the rest of the preseason. He suffered the injury in a practice and did not play in Thursday night's loss at Green Bay. Grimble has 16 catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns from 2016-17 as the team's No. 3 option at the position.
The surgery, combined with McDonald’s injury, severely handicaps the team’s depth for the final two weeks of the preseason. The team signed Bucky Hodges just over a week ago, and other than Pharoah McKever and Christian Scotland-Williamson, who has never played a game in the NFL as a former rugby player, the team might have to look for some tight end help sooner, rather than later.
Coach Mike Tomlin labels all team injuries as "day-to-day" and doesn't have a concrete plan for tight end distribution because of the time of year.Xavier Grimble Jersey .
"It's just those that are available, developing, working their skills relative to their position," Tomlin said. "We're very much still in training camp mentality."
Actually,any setbacks in recovery for Grimble and McDonald will likely lead to a roster move.if they aren’t ready there is a good chance the talk about a tight end focused offense would go on the back burner until the depth returns at the position.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:55 PM America
The Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 training camp wasn’t a very eventful one for outside linebacker T.J. Watt, the team’s first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Watt spent most of his time this year at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe rehabbing thanks to a hamstring injury that he suffered during the team’s third training camp practice.
It's been a tough training camp for T.J. Watt.Watt says the Steelers are being cautious with him and he'll be back soon. He was jogging off to the side Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their second preseason game of 2018 Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers,a report surfaced Tuesday afternoon that gives hope that we might see him play in the team’s third preseason game at Heinz Field a week from Saturday against the Tennessee Titans and if not then, perhaps in the finale against the Carolina Panthers, which is a little more than two weeks away.
Mike Tomlin said that he is "keeping the light on" for T.J. Watt and several other previously injured Steelers to see time in Thursday night's game. Watt, who finished third on the team with 7.0 sacks last season, has missed considerable time during camp while battling a hamstring injury. Tomlin also didn't rule out Sean Davis and B.J. Finney, who suffered a contusion during the team's preseason victory over Philadelphia.
Currently, Watt is the Steelers best outside linebacker and there’s not much in the way of either quality or experienced depth behind him.
In short, it’s probably a good thing that Watt suffered his hamstring injury early during training camp as opposed to later and hopefully he’ll be fully healed and have it behind him for good by the time the preseason ends, if not sooner.
Monday, August 13, 2018 5:00 PM America
For a little while after the Pittsburgh Steelers first preseason game, it looked like there might be another “Deflategate” scandal taking over the NFL world.
In the third quarter of Thursday's Eagles-Steelers preseason game, WIP's Howard Eskin reported that Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph was using a vastly deflated ball. “During Eagles-steelers pre season game their was at least one Pittsburgh football found that was VERY deflated . The NFL has the Football and is investigating. I saw the FB after incompletion and it was like a marshmallow. “
NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora told Rapoport that "all footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process & all proper procedures were followed. In the 3Q, a football that was found to be defective was removed from play, will be sent back to Wilson for review.”
During the third quarter of the Steelers’ first preseason game, rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph used a deflated football, and he called it a young quarterback. “I did,” Rudolph said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I got the snap and the thing was flat to where it would not be an advantage. That was the weirdest thing. They took it out. It was kind of a freaky deal. … It was one of those balls that was in your grandfather’s garage for a few years. It was pretty flat. It was a bad deal.”
In a tweet posted by Josh Rowntree of KDKA, Pittsburgh, Steelers rookie QB Mason Rudolph tells his side of the “freak deal” in Philadelphia where he was snapped and expected to throw a football that was virtually flat.
If their tweets were an indication, Eagle fans and sports writers may have imagined that Rudolph preferred to throw flat footballs rather than inflated ones, causing the rookie to possibly play fast and loose with league rules in his very first NFL preseason game. Clearly, whoever lent credence to such an improbable tale never tried to throw a smurf ball deep against NFL defenders.
Saturday, August 11, 2018 2:55 PM America
After a five-day absence, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (quad) was back for the team walkthrough Tuesday morning. Coach Mike Tomlin said Brown won't practice today but will return to action after Thursday's preseason game against Philadelphia.Antonio Brown got some work at Steelers practice, and though it wasn't pain-free, he's getting closer to a full return to practices.
When the game’s best receiver is sent home from camp to not only have a lower body injury further evaluated, but to rest and take it easy, his return is certainly something of note.Brown didn’t practice with the team, as planned, but his progress of getting back on the field and doing individual work, as well as rehabilitation work, is a very positive step in the right direction.
“He’s getting closer to return, in terms of his health, but he won’t be playing in the game like some of the others who missed time because of a myriad of injuries,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “Whether it’s Bud Dupree in the protocol, or T.J. (Watt). He won’t play this week. We look forward to getting him back out there when we get back from Philadelphia.”
Brown, 30, is coming off an NFL-record fifth straight 100-catch season and rarely misses practice time.He missed five straight practices before Tuesday, when he did some minor work but did not go through a full practice.Antonio Brown Jersey .
It’s great to see Brown up and around. He also shared on his various social media that he was doing a bit of pool work after practice. It’s hard to gauge just how severe the injury is but fortunately, the team doesn’t need Brown to do anything but heal up at this point.
Monday, August 06, 2018 3:18 PM America
Antonio Brown was back in Pittsburgh on Thursday to have his undisclosed injury evaluated. On Friday, Pro Football Talk reported that Brown is dealing with a quad strain. On Wednesday, Brown stood in street clothes while watching his teammates practice from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported from Steelers camp on Thursday that Tomlin told reporters Brown had been sent to Pittsburgh for evaluation, but would not even specify the body part that had been injured. The only additional detail he gave was that Brown is considered day-to-day.
With Brown out, several of Pittsburgh's other receivers have shined. JuJu Smith-Schuster, who has returned to practice after being sidelined by a left knee injury earlier in camp, caught just about everything thrown his way during Thursday's practice that included a touchdown during the team's Seven Shots drill. Rookie wide receiver James Washington, who practiced in full on Thursday after leaving the previous day's practice early with a toe injury, made several impressive catches on Thursday that included a one-handed scoring catch. Justin Hunter and Darrius Heyward-Bey have also enjoyed some notable moments during this week's practices.
Brown finished the 2017 season with 101 receptions for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns. It was his fifth consecutive season recording 100-plus catches. Brown has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times and has been named First-Team All-Pro four times. The 30-year-old is entering the second year of a $68 million contract.
While some of the best skill position players in league history slowed down after turning 30, Brown, who celebrated his 30th birthday last month, is not worried about such a decline.
"I don't pay attention to my age," Brown recently told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "I'm feeling great, I'm healthy and I'm in great shape. I feel as long as I have that, I can continue to be productive."
Thursday, August 02, 2018 2:25 PM America
Antonio Brown getting a day off as the Steelers begin Wednesday's practice.Brown missed Wednesday’s practice at Saint Vincent because of an undisclosed injury, albeit one that is not considered serious. Coach Mike Tomlin lumped Brown in with two players who took part in the padded practice but left early because of injury: starting tackle Alejandro Villanueva and rookie receiver James Washington. Tomlin ruled each of his injured players as "day to day" while adding that each one was dealing with a minor injury.
According to our very own Alex Kozora, Brown is acting as though he has been given Wednesday off. Brown hasn’t missed very many practices over the years so it’s big news whenever he sits one out.
Villanueva watched the majority of the practice with a wrap around the upper portion of his right arm/shoulder; Washington had his left foot examined by training staff before leaving the fields on his own power, walking to the locker rooms to get further attention.Antonio Brown Jersey .
Brown, Villanueva and Washington,three players were termed “partial” practice participants by Tomlin after missing sessions earlier in camp: Safeties Morgan Burnett (left hamstring) and Sean Davis (groin) and cornerback Artie Burns (left leg/groin). Each took part in individual drills early but watched most of the practice from the sidelines.
Not practicing at all were tight end Vance McDonald (foot) and outside linebacker T.J. Watt (hamstring). Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed, did not practice Monday) went through a full practice.
Monday, July 30, 2018 2:51 PM America
Pittsburgh Steelers veteran left guard Ramon Foster won’t need surgery after suffering a right leg injury in practice on Saturday, but is expected to miss 4 to 5 weeks, according to multiple reports Sunday.
Saturday, the Steelers left guard went down in pain after getting caught in the pile during a running play, and appeared to be holding his right knee/leg as he lay on the ground (This according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler). Foster had to be carted off the field following the injury.NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Sunday that left guard Ramon Foster will avoid surgery on the hyperextended knee he suffered in Saturday's practice. The 32-year-old endured no ligament damage, per Kinkhabwala, but should miss four to five weeks in recovery.
Foster, 32, has 115 career starts and is in the final season of a three-year, $9.6 million contract. He has expressed interest in re-signing with the team. Coach Mike Tomlin called Foster, the team's National Football League Players Association rep, a core member of the Steelers who has been "doing this a long time."
According to Alex Kozora of Steelers Depot, Foster was replaced at left guard by B.J. Finney.Ramon Foster Jersey .
Though the Steelers' offensive line will miss Foster should he miss any significant time, it is likely that one of the league's best O-Lines will continue to play at a high level. Prior to today, Foster had proven to be very durable in his NFL career, as he has played in 116 NFL games throughout his career with 101 starts.
A Steelers veteran since 2009, Foster is currently entering the last day of his contract, and publicly stated Friday that he is seeking a contract extension.
Saturday, July 28, 2018 12:08 PM America
Ben Roethlisberger said he cut out sugar and carbs to lose weight this offseason, hoping to ‘lighten the load' on his knees after two surgeries and prolong his career. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Roethlisberger cut out sugar and carbs from his diet this offseason to lose weight and lighten the load on his body.
“Knees, ankles, being lighter — those are all positives when it comes to this age and playing football, where you’re pounding on your knees and you’ve had a couple of knee surgeries,” said Roethlisberger. “Anything you can do to lighten the load on your knees is important.”
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is no spring chicken anymore. Big Ben is 36 years old and is heading into his 15th NFL season. As a result, Big Ben has decided not to be so big anymore for the sake of prolonging his NFL career. As Pittsburgh's signal caller arrived at training camp notably thinner after making several changes to his diet this offseason.
A better conditioned Roethlisberger is certainly a good thing for the Steelers. Last season, at the age of 35, Big Ben had one of his best seasons while throwing for 4,251 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 regular season games. A Pro Bowler each of the past four seasons, Roethlisberger threw 22 touchdowns against just seven interceptions following his five interception outing in Pittsburgh's Week 5 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw at least two touchdown passes in seven consecutive games during that span that included consecutive four touchdown efforts in victories over the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers. His 506-yard passing performance in the team's Week 14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens marked the third 500-yard passing performance of his career, the most 500-yard passing games in NFL history.
Roethlisberger is chasing a third Super Bowl, and if he follows his outlook to play three to five more seasons, he'll need to extend a contract that expires in 2020. Maximizing his potential in his late 30s follows the blueprint of Tom Brady (41) and Drew Brees (40), who are still playing at high levels.
Hopefully, this can successfully allow him to play at a high level for at least another season or two as they go in search for another Super Bowl.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:54 AM America
Terrell Edmunds on Tuesday signed his four-year deal with the Steelers. The first-round safety is slated to make nearly $11 million during the deal. The rookie signs one day before players report to camp.
According to salary-tracking web site spotrac.com, Edmunds’ deal is worth about $10.78 million with a $5.9 million signing bonus.As with all first-round picks, Edmund's contract comes with a team option for a fifth year.
Edmunds, a 21-year-old safety from Virginia Tech, was selected by the Steelers with the No. 28 overall pick. He started 31 of 37 games at Virginia Tech and had 182 tackles (6.5 for loss).
Since guard David DeCastro signed his rookie contract July 24, 2012, no Steelers draft pick had gone unsigned later than June. Last year, first-round outside linebacker T.J. Watt signed his deal June 14, a day after third-round pick Cam Sutton agreed to his rookie contract.
Edmunds and his brother, Tremaine, became the first set of brothers taken in the first-round of the draft in NFL history. Tremaine Edmunds, drafted No. 16 overall by the Buffalo Bills, signed a four-year deal May 12 that included a $7.3 million signing bonus and $12.7 million value.
With Edmunds signed, seven NFL draft picks remained unsigned, including linebacker Roquan Smith of the Chicago Bears, whose camp started last week. Left among the unsigned are first-rounders Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Denzel Ward, Josh Allen and Smith, and second-rounder Dante Pettis.
Monday, July 23, 2018 11:34 AM America
The Pittsburgh Steelers were likely pleased with what they got from first-round pick T.J. Watt last year.Watt was the only NFL linebacker with at least 50 tackles, five sacks, five passes defended and an interception last season. He led all rookie linebackers with seven sacks.T.J. Watt entered the offseason wanting to take his game to the next level. In order to do it, he took on an offseason training regime with a calorie count that seems out of this world. "It's a new season.
It's a clean slate. I've got everything to prove," Watt said. "I'll go out there and try to provide as much splash."
Watt’s trainer told ESPN that Watt eats 8,000 calories a day and drinks two gallons of water a day to get him through the grueling workouts he’s been doing back home in Wisconsin, and his only focus in the offseason has been getting better.
“I’ve got a boring lifestyle. I’m not about any of that [other] stuff,” Watt said. “I work out, I go home, I grill burgers and hang out by myself or hang out with a few of the guys on the team. I’m not here for anything else but football.”
Watt will have a new role on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense this season as he switches sides with Bud Dupree, who will take over on the blind side. But Watt has diligently been honing his body to fit his new role on the left, so he should be well-prepared for whatever challenges that potentially tricky transition may bring.
Now as he enters his second season, T.J. will hope to try and become like his brother. If T.J. can have even close to the impact on the Steelers as J.J. Watt does for the Houston Texans, he could quickly become one of the best linebackers in the NFL.