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Le’Veon Bell wins fan Pro Bowl voting

Just as the Eagles quarterback was preparing to hold up a newspaper (he wasn’t) with the headline “Wentz Defeats #Tommy,” another player emerged to win the popularity contest that is the NFL’s Pro Bowl voting. The league has announced that Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell racked up 855,539 fan votes in the process that ended [more]

Week 15 injury report roundup

Week 15 kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Broncos and it continues with this season’s first two Saturday games. 12 more games will be played on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, [more]

JuJu Smith-Schuster joins Joe Haden as question marks for Steelers

The Patriots will have tight end Rob Gronkowski in the lineup on Sunday after he served a one-game suspension last week, but it’s less clear if Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will be back after his own suspension. Smith-Schuster has been reinstated following the ban he received for a block to the head of Bengals [more]

Rob Gronkowski’s on to Pittsburgh

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s first meeting with the media since his one-game suspension for a late hit to the back of Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White‘s head was a brief one. Gronkowski took questions for just over two minutes and made it clear that he’s learned from head coach Bill Belichick when it comes to [more]

Bill Belichick praises the Steelers

Patriots coach Bill Belichick could never be accused of looking past the Steelers. Or anyone else for that matter. “The more I’ve watched the Steelers this week, the more impressed I am,” Belichick told reporters on Friday. “The way they play, they’re really well-coached, they’ve had so many end-of-the-game, end-of-the-half situations that they’re very productive [more]

Steelers hopeful Joe Haden can play on Sunday

The Steelers want to play man-to-man coverage against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. To do it effectively, they need cornerback Joe Haden. Haden has returned to practice this week after suffering a fractured fibula, participating both Wednesday and Thursday on a limited basis. The Steelers still don’t know whether Haden will be able to play. “Boy, [more]

Tom Brady praises Kenny Britt for his effort to get up to speed

On the same day that his short-time former G.M. questioned his football character, receiver Kenny Britt‘s short-time current quarterback praised his effort to fit in. “You know, he’s just kind of come in and worked hard the last couple days and trying to understand all the things we’ve got going,” Tom Brady told reporters on [more]

Tom Brady has full practices this week

Tom Brady has gotten in full practices this week for the first time since Week 11. “Just feeling better,” Brady said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “It’s a short week, so I just try to get out there and practice. I take it week to week, and I feel really good this week [more]

Saints claim Jonathan Freeny off waivers

Linebacker Jonathan Freeny has landed with his fourth different team since the start the 2017 season. Freeny was released by the Patriots in September and then signed with the Ravens later in the month. He played three games for Baltimore, moved on to the Jaguars for a few days after being released and then landed [more]

Joe Haden’s status for Sunday yet to be determined

Joe Haden returned to practice this week. Will the Steelers cornerback return to game action against the Patriots? “He looks good to me,” Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Thursday, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I told him that the other day. Really what’s going to happen is how does he feel tomorrow? [more]

Steelers planning to throw many people at Gronk problem

The Steelers are willing to try anything to stop Rob Gronkowski. They’re also willing to try everything. Steelers safety Mike Mitchell said they were going with an all-hands-on-deck approach to trying to slow down the Patriots tight end Sunday. “We’ve got several guys we’re going to try to throw [at him],” Mitchell said, via Jeremy [more]

Le’Veon Bell happy for another opportunity to face Patriots

The last time the Steelers played the Patriots, running back Le'Veon Bell only had a small role in the proceedings. Bell injured his groin after playing 11 snaps and spent the rest of the 36-17 loss in the AFC title game watching from the sideline. Bell called it a “terrible feeling” to be out of [more]

Tomlin denies that the Steelers were looking ahead to the Patriots

Last month, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin looked past three opponents to the Patriots, and then he looked past the rest of the regular season and the divisional round to a rematch in the AFC title game. Now, Tomlin claims that neither he nor anyone else with the Steelers ever did that. “I don’t know that [more]

Patriots bring back Ricky Jean Francois, place Marcus Cannon on IR

The Patriots announced the signing of wide receiver Kenny Britt along with several other moves on Wednesday. Defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois is back with the team after a brief stint in New England ended early this month. Jean Francois played in three games during his first tour with the team and recorded two tackles. [more]

Steelers hoping linebacker-by-committee improves

Ryan Shazier remains an inspiration to the Steelers, as they have rallied around their fallen teammate. But as for the much-less-important earthly business of football, he’s also left a vacancy in their defense they’re having a hard time filling. The news that they placed Shazier on IR yesterday brought home the reality that they have [more]

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