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Two Steelers are happy with the new helmet rule

Over the past several years, Steelers players have developed a habit of complaining about the league’s efforts to make the game safer. When it comes to the new rule that prohibits lowering the helmet to initiate contact, a pair of Steelers players welcome the change. Offensive lineman Ramon Foster (pictured) likes the new rule, in [more]

Artie Burns thinks new anthem policy bullies those who would protest

The NFL’s non-compromise compromise regarding the national anthem consisted of the owners deciding to tell any player who would be inclined to protest during the anthem to take it to the locker room. Steelers cornerback Artie Burns thinks that this approach unfairly stigmatizes the players who would like to peacefully and silently protest. “It makes [more]

DeMaurice Smith: Anthem rule is about exerting control over players

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says the league’s owners are less interested in showing respect for America than in showing they can control their employees with the new rule requiring players who are on the field for the national anthem to stand. “It smacks as more of a desire to exert control rather [more]

Art Rooney on anthem: I don’t think there is a way to satisfy everyone

When asked about what would constitute not showing respect during the playing of the national anthem, Steelers owner Art Rooney said on Wednesday that he thought things we’ve seen in the past like raising a fist and linking arms with others would qualify. Rooney clarified that comment on Thursday, saying, via Ed Bouchette of the [more]

Who are the NFL’s best receivers?

We’re always looking for ideas for the patent-pending PFT Live draft. On Wednesday, Browns receiver Jarvis Landry handed us one. He said he’s the best receiver in the NFL. Many disagreed. So Simms and I decided to settle it by making the question the subject of Thursday’s three-round draft. I won the toss and deferred. [more]

Le’Veon Bell should tell Antonio Brown to mind his own business

The man who likes to say “business is booming” arguably should be minding his own business. For the second straight year, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is publicly imploring Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell to show up at a time when Bell isn’t even under contract with the team. “Well, the first rule of getting better [more]

Former Steelers second-round pick Senquez Golson doesn’t last long in Oakland

Senquez Golson has enough talent that the Steelers drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. But he still hasn’t played in an NFL game, and the news today raises the question of whether he ever will. Golson was cut by the Raiders today, according to Field Yates of ESPN. Golson was [more]

Antonio Brown to Le’Veon Bell: Showing up can make things better

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has shown no signs of backing down from his pledge to stay away from the team for a second straight offseason as long as he doesn’t have a long-term contract and the lack of progress toward a deal means it’s likely to be a while before he’s back with the [more]

Art Rooney thinks standing with a raised fist constitutes disrespect of the anthem

The NFL’s new policy says that every player on the field “shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.” But what constitutes showing respect? That is unclear. Several NFL players have chosen to stand for the anthem but raise a fist. Does that constitute respect? Not according to Steelers owner Art Rooney, [more]

Steelers agree to contract with Mason Rudolph

Now that Mason Rudolph and Ben Roethlisberger have broken the ice, they can toast the rookie’s new deal. According to Jeremy Fowler of, the Steelers have agreed to terms with the third-round quarterback on his four-year deal. That leaves just first-round pick Terrell Edmunds without a deal, as they breeze through signings league-wide. Rudolph [more]

Steelers sign third-rounder Chukwuma Okorafor

The Steelers have another one of their 2018 draft picks under contract. The team announced on Tuesday that third-round pick Chukwuma Okorafor has agreed to a four-year deal. The offensive tackle was one of two third-round picks by the Steelers this year. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was also drafted in that round and joins first-round safety Terrell [more]

Ben Roethlisberger mentoring Mason Rudolph at OTAs

Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph were already texting buddies. Now, they’re actually communicating face-to-face, and the Steelers’ elder quarterback said he was happy to help the guy who could eventually replace him. Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger said he’s always been willing to help the young guys (though that’s not really what it [more]

Tepper’s bid for Panthers expected to “sail through”

If there was any doubt about David Tepper’s bid to buy the Panthers, there shouldn’t have been. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the looming effort to approve Tepper as successor to team founder Jerry Richardson is expected to “sail through” when the owners meet tomorrow and Wednesday in Atlanta. Tepper’s effort became [more]

Report: Le’Veon Bell won’t show up for Steelers’ OTAs

It would have created a bigger headline had Le'Veon Bell decided to show up for the Steelers’ organized team activities, but as expected, the Steelers running back won’t attend, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports. Bell remains unsigned after the team placed the franchise tag on him for a second consecutive year. Tom Brady, Julio Jones, [more]

Looking at the most unlikely Super Bowl participants of all time

Inspired by the Vegas Golden Knights making it to the Stanley Cup Final in their first year of existence, Monday’s PFT Live included a draft based on what the Knights have accomplished: An unlikely berth in their sport’s championship game. So which were the most unlikely Super Bowl participants in NFL history? Chris Simms and [more]

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