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Ben Roethlisberger won’t play until third preseason game

It looks like Steelers rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs will get another extended chance to run the offense when the Steelers face the Falcons on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan, via Jeremy Fowler of, that he’s been told that he’ll make his first appearance of this preseason on August 26 against the [more]

Roethlisberger regrets, then reiterates, retirement talk

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had enough ice packs on his body to look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on Monday, feels bad about freaking out fans with talk from January that he may retire. But not bad enough to stop sending vague messages about whether this year, or any year, will be his [more]

T.J. Watt already pushes past James Harrison

After the Steelers drafted linebacker T.J. Watt in round one, they immediately parked him behind veteran linebacker James Harrison. After Watt played in only one preseason game, they immediately moved him ahead of Harrison. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will start both Watt and Bud Dupree on the outside, with [more]

Steelers plan for James Harrison to be “relief pitcher” behind younger linebackers

The Steelers have selected outside linebackers in the first round of two of the last three drafts and the plan for this year is to let Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt to play as much as possible rather than in a rotation with other players. Outside linebackers coach Joey Porter said that the team has [more]

Steelers sign LB Austin Gearing, release WR Canaan Severin

The Steelers signed linebacker Austin Gearing, the team announced Monday. They released receiver Canaan Severin to make room. Gearing was a tryout player at Steelers’ rookie minicamp in May but was not signed. Gearing played in 44 games in four seasons at the University of Miami (Ohio). He made 38 tackles, six for a loss, [more]

Devonta Freeman has concussion, won’t play this week

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman left yesterday’s practice with what were reported as heat-related symptoms. As it turns out, he has a different problem. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters that Freeman was in the concussion protocol, and won’t play Sunday against the Steelers. Quinn wasn’t ready to rule Freeman out the rest of the [more]

Martavis Bryant put the pads back on Sunday

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant said Sunday that he had “no idea” why the NFL didn’t give him the green light to practice when training camp opened this summer, but the bigger issue now that he has gotten the go-ahead is getting ready for the regular season. Bryant got the word from the league last [more]

Patriots holding nearly twice as many players out of games as rest of league

The Patriots have long been proponents of joint workouts with other teams in training camp. And Patriots coach Bill Belichick may be using those snaps to take the place of evaluation he’d otherwise need a preseason game for. According to Mike Reiss of, the Patriots held 40 of their 90 players out of their [more]

JuJu Smith-Schuster out with a concussion

The Steelers aren’t playing Antonio Brown or Martavis Bryant on Friday night against the Giants and they went down another wide receiver in the first half of the game. Second-round pick JuJu Smith-Schuster left the game to be evaluated for a concussion. Smith-Schuster got involved in the offense with a catch for four yards and [more]

T.J. Watt gets two quick sacks

The Giants didn’t put quarterback Eli Manning in the lineup against the Steelers on Friday night and the first two drives provided some support for that decision. Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt sacked Josh Johnson on both possessions. Pressure up the middle forced Johnson to step up and Watt got free from left tackle Ereck [more]

Steelers need to quit talking about Le’Veon Bell

Two weeks ago, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn’t want to talk about running back Le'Veon Bell because Tomlin only wanted to talk about the guys who are at camp. Now, Tomlin is talking. As is G.M. Kevin Colbert. They need to stop. Bell isn’t a holdout in the classic sense. He has no contract. He’s [more]

Mike Tomlin “not comfortable” with Le’Veon Bell unsigned

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wishes Le'Veon Bell would get into camp. Asked if he’s comfortable that the Steelers’ unsigned franchise running back will get a deal done with the team in time to be ready for Week One, Tomlin said he’s not comfortable at all. “I’m not. I’m not comfortable,” Tomlin said. “I think it [more]

Mike Tomlin: “I like the preseason, personally”

The preseason may be unpopular among fans who have to pay full-fare for games played by future car salesmen, and even commissioner Roger Goodell. But Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has never been afraid to stand against the tide. Via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tomline defended having four games to evaluate and develop players. [more]

Kevin Colbert thinks Roethlisberger has a lot left, but “we have to be prepared”

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won’t play in Friday night’s game against the Giants, leaving rookie Josh Dobbs to get the start in his first game as a professional. After an offseason that started with Roethlisberger bringing up the prospect of retiring and continued with the quarterback making no commitments beyond playing in 2017, it’s hard [more]

Will hardball tactics backfire with Le’Veon Bell?

The Steelers are getting upset. Two weeks in to training camp, running back Le'Veon Bell has chosen to exercise his right not to show up. And, as Josh Alper pointed out earlier in the day, G.M. Kevin Colbert has publicly called Bell out for not accepting the $12.1 million franchise tender and showing up for [more]

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