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Troy Polamalu tests positive for COVID-19, could miss Hall of Fame ceremony

Troy Polamalu is a little over a week from entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Steelers safety will get a bust in Canton whether he is there or not, but he’s hoping for a quick recovery from the coronavirus to make his enshrinement in person. Polamalu announced Friday that he recently tested [more]

Steelers sign Marcus Baugh, waive Dax Raymond with injury designation

The Steelers signed tight end Marcus Baugh, the team announced Friday. The team waived tight end Dax Raymond with an injury designation in a corresponding move. Washington cut Baugh on May 10. He appeared in eight games for Washington last season with one start. He played 79 offensive snaps and 28 special teams snaps, making [more]

Madden 22 quarterback ratings include some curious choices in the top 10

To no surprise, the new Madden game has Patrick Mahomes rated as the best quarterback, with a 99. The surprises come after that. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who turns 44 in four days, comes in at No. 2 with a 97. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the 2020 NFL MVP, has a 96. He’s third. Fourth [more]

Little or not outside work for JuJu Smith-Schuster, so far

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster decided to stay with the team with the hope of getting more work on the outside in 2021. So far, that hasn’t happened. Via Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com, Smith-Schuster has gotten “limited-to-no outside work” since padded practice began. “Maybe that changes as we get deeper into camp,” Kaboly writes, “but considering [more]

Minkah Fitzpatrick takes issue with his Madden 22 rating

As we’ve mentioned when listing the Madden ratings at various positions for the upcoming edition of the game, some players could be motivated by the rating they’ve received. Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick definitely will take motivation from the fact that he has landed at No. 10 among all safeties, with a rating of 89. “I [more]

T.J. Watt hasn’t participated in team drills since camp opened

The Steelers have practiced for nine days. They are exactly a week from their preseason opener, though not many veteran starters play in the Hall of Fame Game. Yet, edge rusher T.J. Watt has yet to participate in team drills. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called Watt “day to day” Thursday, but Tomlin would not add [more]

Kevin Colbert: 2021 is all we’re worried about with Ben Roethlisberger

The offseason opened with some uncertainty about whether Ben Roethlisberger would be the quarterback for the Steelers for the 2021 season, but any speculation about a change under center came to an end when he took a pay cut to drop his cap charge and remain with the team. Roethlisberger’s contract is up after the [more]

Madden has no 99 edge rushers

The folks at Madden are publishing on a daily basis the initial ratings at the various positions for the upcoming edition of the game. (For those of us who play Ultimate Team, all that matters is our collection current and historical 99s will soon give way to 59s. Again.) At edge rusher, the folks at [more]

Alex Highsmith: It was awesome to add Melvin Ingram

After Bud Dupree tore his ACL last season, Alex Highsmith moved into a starting role on the edge of the Steelers defense and Dupree’s departure as a free agent this offseason signaled that he’d remain in that role this season. That outlook changed last week, however. The Steelers signed Melvin Ingram and the veteran’s presence [more]

Trai Turner: I’m not trying to emulate David DeCastro

The Steelers didn’t wait long to sign Trai Turner after releasing right guard David DeCastro in June and the timing of the move made it easy to describe Turner as DeCastro’s replacement in Pittsburgh. Turner isn’t thrilled with that label. He said on Sunday that he’s just the “next right guard” for the Steelers and [more]

Melvin Ingram on joining Steelers: I’m like a kid in a candy store

The Steelers picked up a significant edge-rushing presence last week by signing veteran Melvin Ingram. As he starts his first training camp for a team other than the Chargers, Ingram sees playing opposite T.J. Watt as a chance to create “the best” pass-rushing tandem in the league — just as he felt he had with [more]

Most Steelers are vaccinated; running back Najee Harris isn’t

Sorry HIPAA. At a time when some NFL players are incorrectly citing a federal law regarding medical privacy as the basis for not commenting on whether they’ve received the vaccine, their vaccine status necessarily is being disclosed by their teams. In Pittsburgh, where the vast majority of players have gotten vaccinated, those who haven’t gotten [more]

Bears are signing tight end Jesse James

The Bears have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free agent tight end Jesse James, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. James will compete for a job behind Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham. The Lions released James on March 11, and he has remained a free agent since. James appeared in all 32 games [more]

Steelers unvaccinated players will wear yellow wristbands

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a high vaccination rate among players. Those who have yet to get the shot will stick out like a proverbial sore thumb. Per the team, Steelers players who haven’t been vaccinated will be wearing yellow wristbands at practice. The Steelers have been among the most successful at getting players to choose [more]

Steelers’ QB depth chart has Mason Rudolph No. 2, Dwayne Haskins No. 3, Josh Dobbs No. 4

The Steelers have released their first depth chart of training camp, and although that’s not necessarily a reflection of where the players will ultimately end up, it’s an interesting opportunity to take a look at the quarterback competition in Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger, of course, is No. 1 on the quarterback depth chart. No surprise there. [more]

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