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James Harrison active, warming up shirtless

The Steelers will be running a bit short on defense tonight against the Ravens. In addition to the still-hospitalized Ryan Shazier, the Steelers deactivated outside linebacker Tyler Matakevich, along with cornerback Joe Haden. That will create a bigger role for outside linebacker James Harrison, who hasn’t been used much and hasn’t been particularly happy about [more]

Several Steelers will wear cleats that honor Ryan Shazier

The Steelers host the Ravens on Sunday night, and several Pittsburgh players will be wearing cleats containing images of and messages regarding linebacker Ryan Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery this week after suffering a back injury against the Bengals. Various images of the cleats have emerged on social media, including the Sunday Night Football [more]

James Harrison wouldn’t have stayed in Pittsburgh if he knew he’d be a bench warmer

Veteran linebacker James Harrison has barely played for the Steelers this season, getting on the field for just 29 snaps. He’s not happy about that. Harrison told Michele Tafoya of NBC that if he had known he wasn’t going to play much this season, he would not have signed with the Steelers. The 39-year-old Harrison [more]

Week 14 injury report roundup

Week 14 kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Falcons and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should [more]

Antonio Brown off injury report, toe “feeling much better”

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown sat out of practice on Thursday because of the toe injury that led to a questionable designation for last Monday’s game against the Bengals, but it doesn’t look like it will be an issue for him against the Ravens. Brown was back for a full practice on Friday and he [more]

Eight teams that missed playoffs in 2016 currently in playoff position

Since the 12-team playoff format was introduced to the NFL in 1990, every year has seen at least four teams advance to the postseason after failing to make it the previous year. We’re on track to see that number double. As of today, eight of the 12 playoff spots in the league are taken up [more]

Marlon Humphrey thinks Steelers will take a lot of shots at him

The Ravens will not have cornerback Jimmy Smith in the secondary for Sunday’s game and that means rookie Marlon Humphrey is going to be playing a major role against the Steelers. It will be a major role in terms of playing time alone and Humphrey expects to be squarely in the middle of the action [more]

Osi Umenyiora doesn’t get players complaining about safety rules

After the NFL tried to come down hard on illegal hits after Monday’s Steelers-Bengals game, there was a backlash among some thinking the game was becoming somehow soft. Steelers safety Mike Mitchell was among them, complaining that he “signed up to play full-speed, contact football.” But former Giants pass-rusher Osi Umenyiora doesn’t understand why players [more]

Steelers worried about Ryan Shazier, not his football future

Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster said the team told players not to talk about Ryan Shazier‘s condition. The Steelers also don’t want to discuss the linebacker’s football future. “I’m not worried about him playing for us again; I’m more worried about him,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Thursday, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. [more]

Antonio Brown sits out practice Thursday

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown missed Thursday’s practice with his sprained toe. Brown, who was injured in the Nov. 26 game against the Packers, missed practice Friday and Saturday last week but played all 66 snaps Monday night against the Bengals. He caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Brown leads the NFL [more]

A Ravens-Chargers AFC title game isn’t as crazy as it sounds

While contemplating the AFC playoff field during Thursday’s PFT Live, a crazy thought that may not be all that crazy occurred to me: What if the presumed AFC Championship showdown between the Steelers and Patriots were disrupted not by one team losing in the divisional round but by both losing in the conference semifinals? Indulge [more]

Steelers’ statement suggests Ryan Shazier suffered very serious injury

After Monday night’s game, the Steelers released a statement saying linebacker Ryan Shazier “will not require surgery at this time, and he continues to improve.” Subsequent statements have indicated the situation is more serious than the initial statement indicated. Today the Steelers announced that Shazier did have surgery, and there was nothing in the Steelers’ [more]

Steelers announce Ryan Shazier had spinal surgery

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has undergone surgery as he continues treatment for a serious spinal cord injury suffered on Monday night. The Steelers announced today that Shazier had the surgery last night. “[University of Pittsburgh Medical Center] neurosurgeons and Pittsburgh Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon performed spinal stabilization surgery on Ryan [more]

Steelers kicker thinks Bengals tried to hurt him before game-winning field goal

Steelers kicker Chris Boswell believes the Bengals attempted to injure him before he could kick the game-winning field goal on Monday night. When Pittsburgh initially lined up for the field goal, Cincinnati’s Josh Shaw jumped offside so far he was practically in front of the ball when Boswell kicked, and on Boswell’s follow-through his foot [more]

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner has no desire to see a targeting rule added in NFL

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner had a visceral reaction regarding the idea of college football style “targeting” rules being implemented in the NFL. “It’s terrible,” Wagner said on Wednesday. “You can just see it now, you watch the college games and they kicking players out for clean hits because they can’t tell what is a clean [more]

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