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Hard Knocks: Jon Gruden told Antonio Brown he handled everything “seamlessly”

Hard Knocks addressed Antonio Brown‘s feet last week. It ended the second episode with a “to be continued” tease to Brown’s helmet issue. Hard Knocks wasted little time in getting to Brown on Tuesday, setting up the helmet issue only three minutes into the hour-long reality series before cutting to coach Jon Gruden talking privately [more]

Antonio Brown files a new helmet grievance

It’s time for Antonio Brown Helmet Grievance 2.0. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Raiders receiver has filed a new grievance regarding the league’s decision to prevent him from wearing a Schutt AiR Advantage helmet that is less than 10 years old. Last Monday, a neutral, independent arbitrator found that Brown could [more]

Monday’s #PFTPM looks at a wild week of Antonio Brown helmet dispute developments

Tuesday night’s Hard Knocks probably won’t even scratch the surface as to the events of the past week regarding Antonio Brown‘s fight with the NFL over his helmet of choice. Monday’s #PFTPM does. For as misguided as his grievance regarding the question of whether he should be permitted to wear a more-than-10-year-old helmet was, Brown [more]

Chiefs-Steelers game delayed an hour by weather

The Chiefs and Steelers already were supposed to have kicked off. They haven’t. Inclement weather forced officials to clear the field and the stands about an hour before the 7:30 p.m. ET scheduled kickoff. The game now is expected to start at 8:30 p.m. ET. The teams have returned to the field to warmup. We [more]

NFL closes the Antonio Brown helmet loophole

“NFL” apparently stands for “No F–kin’ Loophole.” Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL decided to require testing of the Schutt AiR Advantage after previously informing the Raiders that, if receiver Antonio Brown could find one less than 10 years old, he could use it. The helmet failed the test. Brown had [more]

Steelers to honor Darryl Drake with helmet decal

Last weekend, Steelers receiver Darryl Drake unexpectedly passed away at the age of 62. Tonight and for the rest of the season, the Steelers will honor Drake’s memory with a decal on their helmets. The Steelers have announced that they’ll attach a yellow decal with Drake’s initials to the back of their helmets in 2019. [more]

Texans claim Jermaine Ponder off waivers

The Texans claimed cornerback Jermaine Ponder off waivers from the Steelers on Friday, the team announced. Ponder played collegiately at St. Francis University. He made 16 pass breakups last season, fifth-most in the NCAA’s FCS. Ponder signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent, but they cut him two weeks ago. The Steelers signed [more]

Mason Rudolph to start Steelers second preseason game

The Steelers aren’t going to play their actual quarterback yet, so they’re trying to decide who the backup is going to be. Via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mason Rudolph will start at quarterback in Saturday’s second preseason game against the Chiefs. Josh Dobbs started the preseason opener, and starter Ben Roethlisberger is expected to [more]

Steelers sign Micky Crum, Christian Kuntz

The Steelers wrap up their training camp on Thursday and they marked the occasion by making a series of roster moves. The team announced the signings of tight end Micky Crum and linebacker Christian Kuntz. Linebacker JT Jones and cornerback Jermaine Ponder were dropped from the 90-man roster in corresponding moves. Crum took part in [more]

Donte Moncrief returns to practice after breaking ring finger

Donte Moncrief came into camp with a good shot of winning the Steelers’ No. 2 wide receiver job alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and an injury early in camp may not have slowed him down much. Moncrief broke his ring finger during the team’s first padded practice and he’s been a full participant in only three of [more]

Alejandro Villanueva on eating his way to 335 pounds: “You feel gross”

Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva was listed at 277 pounds when he first entered the NFL after a college football career at Army followed by three tours of duty in Afghanistan. That’s not big enough to be an NFL left tackle. So Villanueva has a problem many people only wish they could have: He has [more]

Mike Tomlin: Devin Bush’s debut reminiscent of Ryan Shazier’s debut

The Steelers traded up in the first round of this year’s draft in order to select Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick and the impetus for the move was what they were missing at linebacker in 2018. They were missing what Ryan Shazier brought to the middle of the defense before suffering a spinal [more]

Complaining of chest pains, Darryl Drake opted not to stay overnight at hospital for observation

Steelers receivers coach Darryl Drake went to a local hospital with chest pains on the evening he died. According to Ed Bouchette of, tests showed no abnormalities, but doctors wanted to keep Drake overnight for observation. Drake declined. He decided to return to training camp, and he attended meetings on Saturday night. Darrly Drake [more]

Looking at players who are worth the headache, actual or perceived

Raiders receiver Antonio Brown, an excellent player, has nevertheless carried plenty of headaches with him to Oakland. His situation inspired Wednesday’s PFT Live draft. Which NFL players are worth the headache? Simms and I drafted three each. They’re named in the attached video. Watch it, and then point out any we may have forgotten. And then [more]

Steelers still grieving after loss of Darryl Drake, but “we intend to march”

Training camp is supposed to be the time when teams sequester themselves in football, isolate themselves from every worldly distraction. Reality intruded on the Steelers, and the sudden passing of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake changed everything for the team. They returned to the practice field Tuesday for the first time, but it was a [more]

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