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NFL wisely chooses national platform for Chargers-Steelers game

With the Garoppolo-less 49ers due to play in prime time once again in Week 13, the NFL knew that it needed to activate the flex option. The only problem? There were no good flex options. Vikings-Patriots sits in the primary 4:25 p.m. ET slot, a game that presumably had been protected by FOX against a [more]

In Jacksonville, James Conner could face more attention than ever

With the Le'Veon Bell question finally answered, everyone now knows that the running back in Pittsburgh will be led by James Conner for the balance of the year. And his first game post-Le’Veon (assuming Conner exits the concussion protocol) could be the biggest on-field challenge Conner has ever faced. With cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and, if [more]

James Conner will keep “doing the same thing”

Steelers running back James Conner has been in the concussion protocol since last Thursday’s win over the Panthers, but the feeling is that he’ll be cleared in time to play this weekend and his full practice on Wednesday is a sign that things are headed in that direction. That should mean that the head injury [more]

James Conner has full practice Wednesday

The Steelers know for certain they won’t have Le'Veon Bell on Sunday or any Sunday this season. It appears they will have James Conner, though. The running back was a full participant in practice Wednesday as he works his way out of concussion protocol. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has expressed optimism Conner will clear protocol [more]

NFL moves Chargers-Steelers Week 13, Rams-Bears Week 14 into prime time

The NFL has made the prime time schedule better in December. The league announced today that flexible scheduling has been employed for both Week 13 and Week 14, moving better games into the Sunday Night Football slot than the ones that were previously scheduled. In Week 13, the Sunday night game on December 2 will [more]

Steelers players divvy up Le’Veon Bell’s stuff

Running back Le'Veon Bell hasn’t been on the field with the Steelers all season, but he maintained a place in the locker room. At least until Wednesday. Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers players removed the want-away back’s name from over his locker, and are currently “plundering” it. It’s not uncommon for players [more]

Ryan Switzer considers himself “lucky” to be out of Oakland

Receiver Ryan Switzer has been treated like a hot potato, traded from Dallas to Oakland and, ultimately, from Oakland to Pittsburgh. Switzer seems to be happy about how everything worked out. In response to a tweet from a fan expressing gratitude for the “luck” the Steelers experienced by landing Switzer, Switzer said this: “How lucky [more]

Does Le’Veon Bell already know where he’ll play in 2019?

It’s now known that running back Le'Veon Bell won’t play this year. It’s not known where he will play next year. Unless, of course, Bell already knows where he will play next year. It would be naive, to say the least, to assume that Bell and his agent haven’t engaged in off-the-record, hypothetical discussions about [more]

Ben Roethlisberger: Le’Veon Bell was a great teammate and football player

It became official on Tuesday that the Steelers would play the entire 2018 season without running back Le'Veon Bell and it’s highly unlikely that Bell will be back in the team’s uniform again in the future. The team released a brief statement about Bell’s decision on Tuesday afternoon and one of Bell’s longtime teammates got [more]

Ben Roethlisberger is the AFC offensive player of the week

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was perfect against the Panthers last Thursday. Perfect according to the formula used to devise quarterback ratings, anyway. Roethlisberger posted a 158.3 rating for the fourth time in his career while leading the Steelers to a 52-21 win over Carolina. The NFL announced on Wednesday that Roethlisberger’s fourth perfect passer rating [more]

No show keeps Le’Veon Bell’s transition tender high for 2019

Now that it’s clear that running back Le'Veon Bell won’t be playing in 2018, the team’s options become more clear for 2019. First, unless the NFL and the Steelers renege on the position leaked to the media, the franchise tender will cost Pittsburgh roughly $25 million or more. Which means that the Steelers won’t be [more]

Who will make a play for Le’Veon Bell?

With Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell not playing this year and, in turn, in play to be signed by the highest bidder in March, the question becomes who will the highest bidder be? Key football factors include needing a high-end tailback and having a willingness to let him be a workhorse. Significant cash and cap [more]

Le’Veon Bell makes rare decision to sit out the season

The unlikely has now become reality. An NFL player will choose to sit out the entire season, in lieu of accepting the terms offered to him by the team that controls his rights. That’s ultimately what the franchise tag is. It’s not an honor, as some have tried to describe it in the past. It’s [more]

Steelers announce Le’Veon Bell will not play in 2018

In case there was any doubt, the Steelers have now made it official: Le'Veon Bell is not playing for them, or anyone else, in 2018. Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert issued a statement on Bell, the franchise running back who has not signed his tender, as soon as the deadline for him to sign it [more]

Report: Le’Veon Bell will miss season

Only minutes remain until the 4 p.m. ET deadline for Le'Veon Bell to report to the Steelers. But Adam Schefter of ESPN reports it’s a done deal: The running back will sit out the season. Missing the deadline makes Bell ineligible to play this season. Bell refused to sign the one-year, $14.54 million tender for [more]

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