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Diontae Johnson added to practice report with hip injury

The Steelers had no offensive players on their practice report Wednesday. They added two Thursday.Receiver Diontae Johnson was limited with a hip injury, while center Mason Cole was limited with a foot injury Thursday. Johnson has played 89 percent of the team’s offensive snaps — 217 — and has 23 receptions for 207 yards. He [more]

Matt Canada: I don’t think you’ll see a drastic difference in play calls with Kenny Pickett

The Steelers have made their change at quarterback, with rookie Kenny Pickett taking over as the starter.Offensive coordinator Matt Canada faced plenty of questions about Pickett in his Thursday press conference, notably saying the quarterback has been “as advertised” since he arrived.But even though a different quarterback is behind center, Canada said he’s not expecting [more]

Isaiah McKenzie returns to practice

Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie is making progress toward clearing the concussion protocol.McKenzie returned to practice as a limited participant on Thursday, which is a necessary step toward getting clearance for a return to game action. If he doesn’t experience any symptoms as a result of the increased activity, he could be given the green [more]

Kenny Pickett: Mitch Trubisky is one of the best teammates I’ve come across

The Steelers are rolling with the rookie, officially making the change to first-round pick Kenny Pickett as their starting quarterback this week.Pickett is replacing Mitch Trubisky, who was understandably disappointed after he was benched during last Sunday’s loss to the Jets.On Wednesday, Pickett complimented Trubisky for the way he’s handled the situation.“Mitch is one of [more]

Kenny Pickett: Everybody else thinks the Steelers are underdogs, but we don’t

The Steelers are 14-point underdogs for the first time in more than half a century on Sunday against the Bills. Kenny Pickett doesn’t see it that way.Pickett, who is getting the first start of his NFL career on Sunday, said he and his teammates believe they can beat anyone.“Everybody else thinks we’re underdogs. We don’t,” [more]

Minkah Fitzpatrick sits out Wednesday’s practice; Cameron Heyward limited

The Steelers are battered and bruised on defense, especially in the secondary, with seven defenders on the injury report. No offensive players are on it.Three players in the team’s secondary did not practice Wednesday, including free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee).Strong safety Terrell Edmunds (concussion) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) also sat out. Witherspoon is expected [more]

Jordan Phillips returns to practice; Isaiah McKenzie, Jordan Poyer sit out

The Bills got defensive tackle Jordan Phillips back on the practice field Wednesday, but they were missing a number of other players in their first on-field work of the week.Phillips has not played since Week Two because of a hamstring injury, but he took part in practice as a limited participant. Phillips had six tackles, [more]

For the first time since the merger, the Steelers are a 14-point underdogs

These aren’t your father’s Steelers. Or your grandfather’s Steelers, for that matter.As noted by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Steelers are 14-point underdogs at Buffalo this weekend. They are the last team since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970 to be a 14-point underdog in any game.The Steelers were 13.5-point underdogs to the Cowboys in Super [more]

Minkah Fitzpatrick has a knee injury that needs to be managed

Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was included on a list of injured players provided by head coach Mike Tomlin during a Tuesday press conference.Tomlin said that Fitzpatrick is dealing with a knee injury that will have to be “managed” moving forward. Fitzpatrick was on the injury report last week with a concussion, but was cleared in [more]

Mike Tomlin on Von Miller: Some guys are aliens visiting from another planet

Edge rusher Von Miller has had a clear positive impact on Buffalo’s defense, recording 3.0 sacks, five tackles for loss, and a pair of passes defensed in four games.With the Steelers heading to Buffalo this week, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin was asked what makes Miller continue to be effective. He used a classic Tomlin-ism [more]

Steelers name Kenny Pickett starting quarterback

The toothpaste was never going back in the tube.After seeing his first playing time in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, Kenny Pickett has been named the Steelers starting quarterback.Pittsburgh released the news with its depth chart for Week Five, with Pickett ahead of Mitch Trubisky. And then head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed it during his [more]

Sean McDermott: Steelers QB situation presents a challenge, we’ve got to prepare for their system

Signs in Pittsburgh point to the Steelers starting rookie Kenny Pickett at quarterback against the Bills this week and there isn’t much NFL film available for a player who made his pro debut in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Jets.During a Monday conference call, Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked about [more]

Report: Kenny Pickett becomes the new QB1 in Pittsburgh

After benching starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky for rookie Kenny Pickett in an eventual loss to the Jets, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wouldn’t say whether Pickett would start the Week Five game at Buffalo.Pickett reportedly will.Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Steelers are expected to start Pickett on Sunday.It’s no surprise, and it’s why [more]

Jamison Crowder broke his ankle Sunday

Bills wide receiver Jamison Crowder is looking at a lengthy stay on the injured reserve list.Crowder was carted off the field with an air cast on his left leg during Sunday’s win over the Ravens. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Crowder broke his ankle and is having other tests to determine any other [more]

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