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 Latest Steelers Player Notes
Feb 21 2018 - Ryan Shazier
  LB Ryan Shazier told Roosevelt Nix on his teammate's podcast that he is intent on resuming his football career and that he wants to be one of the best linebackers in the history of the NFL. The podcast marked Shazier's first interview since his serious spinal injury on Dec. 4. Shazier made it clear that he isn't giving up his football career. "I gotta get back, bro," Shazier told Nix, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Right now I'm reading a book and it's basically saying trust the process. I'm really trusting the process. I know the end goal. So I'm taking every step of the way, I'm giving everything I got. The therapists are like, 'Man this is crazy; I've never seen anyone work this hard.' They almost see progression every day. They say like some progressions they see week to week, they see from me day to day. I'm really trying to come back and still be a Pro Bowler."


Feb 15 2018 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell would receive a contract extension this offseason as opposed to the franchise tag if Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert had his way. In fact, Colbert reiterated several times that a long-term deal is preferable in regard to Bell, who missed all of training camp last season and played on a $12.1 million tag. The Steelers can apply the tag between Feb. 20 and March 6, after which it would have until July 15 to execute a contract. A franchise tag would pay Bell approximately $14.5 million for the 2018 season.


Feb 10 2018 - Stephon Tuitt
  DE Stephon Tuitt has his contract restructured to help the Steelers clear $13.26 million of salary cap space for this year, ESPN reported Saturday. Citing a league source, the report said that Tuitt agreed to the NFL's minimum base salary for a player of his tenure for 2018, which is $790,000. The rest of the money owed to him will be applied to a signing bonus. The reworked deal also convert its roster bonus for this year into a signing bonus. Tuitt's base salary goes from $3.5 million to $790,000. His roster bonus of $7.5 million turns into a signing bonus of $10.21 million, creating another $8.168 million in cap space.


Feb 10 2018 - David DeCastro
  G David DeCastro has his contract restructured to help the Steelers clear $13.26 million of salary cap space for this year, ESPN reported Saturday. Citing a league source, the report said that DeCastro agreed to the NFL's minimum base salary for a player of his tenure for 2018, which is $790,000. The rest of the money owed to him will be applied to a signing bonus. The reworked deal also convert its roster bonus for this year into a signing bonus. DeCastro's base salary drops from $3.79 million to $790,000. The All-Pro's roster bonus of $3.79 million turns into a signing bonus of $6.79 million, which creates $5.092 million of salary cap space for the team.


Feb 10 2018 - Roosevelt Nix
  FB Roosevelt Nix signed a four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Saturday. Nix, who had been slated to become a restricted free agent in March, is signed through the 2021 season. The 25-year-old Nix initially signed with the Steelers in 2015 and made an impact this past season. He scored two touchdowns despite touching the ball just five times (three rushes for zero yards, two catches for six yards).


Feb 10 2018 - William Gay
  CB William Gay accepted an invitation from Joe Biden to join the advisory council for the former vice president's foundation. Gay's role within the Biden Foundation will be focused on ending sexual assault and violence against women, among other causes. As a member of the advisory council, Gay joins a prominent group of leaders, experts and advocates who have been selected to serve as ambassadors for the Biden Foundation. Gay has been outspoken against domestic violence after losing his mother, Carolyn Hall, to murder by her boyfriend when he was 8 years old.


Feb 9 2018 - B.J. Finney
  C B.J. Finney was re-signed to a one-year contract, the Steelers announced Friday. Finney was set to become an exclusive rights free agent next month, which means he would have become a free agent if the Steelers did not tender him a contract. Finney has played in 27 games over his first two seasons in Pittsburgh. He started three games in 2016 and four in 2017.


Feb 7 2018 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell, who is about to become a free agent, said last week that he would like to reach agreement on a long-term contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers President Art Rooney II told reporters on Wednesday that the team is thinking the same thing. "With every signing we do, we look at all the facts," Rooney said about Bell's deal. "The player on the other side is looking at the same things. The bottom line is, can you come together and have a meeting of the minds? That's what we've got to work on. ... I think the good news is both sides want to get something done here, and hopefully that will lead to us getting it done." Rooney added that it is possible the Steelers would put the franchise tag on Bell.


Feb 7 2018 - Ryan Shazier
  LB Ryan Shazier received a standing ovation from the crowd at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday as the NHL's Penguins faced off against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The cheers grew louder, however, once Shazier stood up to acknowledge the fans. The 25-year-old Shazier is making progress after sustaining a season-ending spinal injury two months ago in the Steelers' victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He is using a walker or the assist of others as part of his rehab program.


Feb 6 2018 - Ryan Shazier
  LB Ryan Shazier is making what has been called remarkable progress from an injury suffered in a game in December that left him paralyzed. But reports that surfaced on Sunday that Shazier was walking on his own might have been a bit premature. Michelle Tafoya of NBC Sports reported Sunday that Shazier still needs to use a walker or be assisted by others as part of his rehab walking program. And on Monday, Shazier confirmed what Tafoya reported, saying via Twitter that walking remains a struggle for him.


Feb 4 2018 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell admitted that some of the members of his team didn't appear ready to play in their AFC divisional-round playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last month. The slow start doomed the second-seeded Steelers, who surrendered the game's first 21 points before their second-half surge fell short in a 45-42 setback. Bell said that he "had a sense" that the Jaguars just had more energy from the onset. "I did (have energy), but you can't control everybody," Bell said on CBS Sports Radio's 'Tiki and Tierney.' "I did. I wanted that game badly. Certain guys out there was not ready to play football. I mean, don't get me wrong, guys woke up in the second half, but it's kind of too late."


Feb 4 2018 - Ryan Shazier
  LB Ryan Shazier has movement in his legs and is walking, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday, citing a source. "He's making incredible progress," a source told Schefter of Shazier, who is two months removed from sustaining a serious spinal injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.


Feb 1 2018 - Jordan Berry
  P Jordan Berry to a one-year contract extension with the Steelers, the team announced Thursday. Berry, who has spent the past three seasons with the Steelers, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent in March.


Feb 1 2018 - Ryan Shazier
  LB Ryan Shazier took the next step in his recovery from a serious spinal injury. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced in a statement on Thursday that Shazier has been discharged from its Rehabilitation Institute. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery in December after being injured while making a tackle in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. "Ryan Shazier was discharged from the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Mercy today and will transition into an outpatient therapy program through UPMC Centers for Rehab Services," the statement read.


Jan 28 2018 - Ryan Shazier
  LB Ryan Shazier, who suffered a spinal injury during a Dec. 4 game against the Cincinnati Bengals that left him without feeling in his legs, was named to the Pro Bowl but obviously couldn't be there for the game. Ben Roethlisberger paid tribute to Shazier at the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando, Fla., by wearing custom cleats with a picture of the seriously injured linebacker on them. Shazier commended Roethlisberger on Twitter for his tribute. "Ben thanks for letting me be out there with you guys today!!! #probowl," Shazier tweeted. Steelers players who were part of the Pro Bowl wore t-shirts honoring Shazier. The cleats also remembered Steelers owner Dan Rooney. "My #ProBowl cleats! #DanRooney #Shalieve #PrayFor50 #SteelersNation," Roethlisberger tweeted with a picture of the shoes. Steelers players who were part of the Pro Bowl wore t-shirts honoring Shazier.


Jan 28 2018 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger paid tribute to teammate Ryan Shazier at the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando, Fla., by wearing custom cleats with a picture of the seriously injured linebacker on them. Shazier, who suffered a spinal injury during a Dec. 4 game against the Cincinnati Bengals that left him without feeling in his legs, was named to the Pro Bowl but obviously couldn't be there for the game. But he commended Roethlisberger on Twitter for the tribute. "Ben thanks for letting me be out there with you guys today!!! #probowl," Shazier tweeted. Steelers players who were part of the Pro Bowl wore t-shirts honoring Shazier.


Jan 26 2018 - Cameron Heyward
  DE Cameron Heyward came to the defense of Mike Tomlin after the coach found himself in the line of fire following the team's playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Heyward, most notably, strongly dismissed the notion that the Steelers lack discipline under Tomlin. "It's a load of crap to me," the 28-year-old Pro Bowl selection said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We're grown men. We're not in Little League. We lost the game, and we overcame a lot. A lot of teams would have fallen by the wayside.


Jan 24 2018 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell, who played under the Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise tag this past season, said he is confident he will reach an agreement with the team on a long-term contract. The 25-year-old Bell rushed for 1,291 yards in 2017, the second straight season and third time in his five years as a pro that he has gone over 1,000. He added nine touchdowns, giving him 35 in his career. "I think where we were last year at this point, we're a lot further than we were last year," Bell said Wednesday after Pro Bowl practice in Orlando, Fla. "I think we'll eventually come to an agreement and hopefully everything goes well."


Jan 24 2018 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger spoke positively about Todd Haley after the latter was named the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday. The two reportedly had a strained relationship during their six years together in Pittsburgh, which ended last week after the Steelers elected against renewing Haley's contract. "We had a great run, very successful when he was here," Roethlisberger told NFL Network's Jane Slater on Wednesday. "Just thankful for the opportunity I had to play with him and be a part of that offense, and now we have to face him twice a year. So we'll see how that goes."


Jan 19 2018 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell has come under fire for a pair of decisions he made prior to the team's AFC divisional-round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bell skipped all but the final five minutes of the Saturday walk-through and arrived later than the deadline imposed by coach Mike Tomlin for gamedays on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Tomlin requires players and staff to be present at least two hours before kickoff.


Jan 16 2018 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger stands 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, which one would think would make him a strong candidate to run quarterback sneaks in short-yardage situations. Roethlisberger, however, said on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Tuesday that quarterback sneaks just aren't preferred by Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. In addition, the 35-year-old said he doesn't have the "freedom to check to a quarterback sneak because we don't have that call if we're not in the huddle."


Jan 15 2018 - Mike Mitchell
  S Mike Mitchell, who guaranteed a victory against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, did not come into the locker room Monday when the Steelers cleaned out their lockers. Several Jaguars players said after the playoff game that Mitchell was outside their locker room before the game talking trash.


Jan 15 2018 - Chris Hubbard
  OL Chris Hubbard likely played his final snap for the Steelers. Hubbard, who will become a free agent, made himself an attractive candidate to be signed for a team seeking a starting right tackle. Hubbard filled in this season for Marcus Gilbert, who missed games due to injuries and suspensions. With Gilbert and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva under contract, Hubbard will likely sign elsewhere and earn a big paycheck after years of being the Steelers' most versatile offensive lineman.


Jan 15 2018 - Fitzgerald Toussaint
  KR Fitzgerald Toussaint left in the second quarter with a concussion, but returned.


Jan 15 2018 - Vince Williams
  ILB Vince Williams and KR Fitzgerald Toussaint left in the second quarter with concussions, but both returned.


Jan 15 2018 - Marcus Gilbert
  RT Marcus Gilbert left with a concussion suffered on the fourth-and-1 run by RB Le'Veon Bell that lost 4 yards. He was replaced by Chris Hubbard for the remainder of the game.


Jan 15 2018 - Vance McDonald
  TE Vance McDonald caught 10 passes for 112 yards.


Jan 15 2018 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown led Steelers receivers with 132 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches.


Jan 15 2018 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 37-of058 passes for 469 yards and five touchdowns. He was intercepted once and fumbled once. "Literally until the last second of the game, nobody stopped, nobody quit, nobody gave up. That's what makes me proud of this team," said Roethlisberger. "And young guys and the linemen. Having to block over and over and over and working down the field knowing that if you score a touchdown there at the end, it's basically irrelevant. But nobody quit. I think that speaks volumes for who this team is." Roethlisberger will be home on the couch after setting team playoff records with 58 attempts, 37 completions, 469 yards and five touchdowns. Roethlisberger had said during the week that he intends to return next season. He confirmed it once again after Sunday's loss. "I definitely have a desire to play football," he said. "I love this game. I love these guys. It's tough. It stings. You hate to lose it. You hate to lose at home. I feel bad because I feel like I let the fans down, my teammates down. ... And I feel bad for that. "I feel like I let a lot of people down, and I'll take it all on myself. That's fine. I have no problem with that. And I will be -- like I said, I don't know about contracts and who's coming back, but I know the guys up front are. That makes it good for me. So I look forward to next year with those guys."


Jan 14 2018 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger has hinted at retirement for a while, but all indications are that he plans to play next season. Roethlisberger was asked about his future after the Steelers' 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC divisional playoff game on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. "I definitely have a desire to play football," he said. "I love this game. I love these guys. It's tough, it stings, you hate to lose at home. I feel bad because I feel like I let the fans down, let my teammates down. "I don't know about contracts and who's coming back, but I know the guys up front are, and that makes it good for me, so I look forward to next year with those guys."


Jan 14 2018 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown is active for the Steelers' AFC playoff game Sunday against Jacksonville. Brown has been out since suffering the injury in a loss to New England on Dec. 17. He missed the final two games of the regular season.


Jan 14 2018 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be franchise tagged for the second consecutive season by the Steelers, the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning. That would mean a $14.5 million one-year deal for Bell, who earned $12.1 million on the franchise tag this season. Bell sat out most of this offseason after being tagged.


Jan 13 2018 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown remains a game-time decision to play Sunday, but all signs point to him taking the field. Brown returned to practice Saturday after leaving practice Friday with an illness. Saturday's practice consisted only of a walk-through, though, so that is not proof that he can play in a game. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media said that some unnamed teammates told him that Brown "looked fully healthy." The Steelers still list Brown as questionable for the game, and Pro Football Talk reported Friday that Brown will be a game-day decision. However, coach Mike Tomlin told reporters he expected Brown to play.


Jan 12 2018 - Stephon Tuitt
  DE Stephon Tuitt (elbow) practiced fully Friday and is expected to play in Sunday's game against Jacksonville. He said Thursday that he injured his elbow while practicing Wednesday.


Jan 12 2018 - Artie Burns
  CB Artie Burns (knee) who suffered a hyperextended right knee, in Wednesday's practice, practiced Friday in advance of Sunday's playoff game against Jacksonville. Burns didn't practice Thursday but is expected to play Sunday.


Jan 12 2018 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown was sent home from practice on Friday with an illness, the team announced. Coach Mike Tomlin told reporters of the decision on Brown, who has been sidelined for the final two weeks of the regular season since sustaining a calf injury in a 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Dec. 17. "I think we've all seen Antonio play enough that we know what he's capable of," Tomlin said of Brown, who was a full participant in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday.


Jan 11 2018 - Javon Hargrave
  DT Javon Hargrave was among three defensive starters who missed practice Thursday in advance of Sunday's playoff game vs. Jacksonville. Hargrave did not appear on the Wednesday injury report, and the seriousness of his injury is unclear.


Jan 11 2018 - Stephon Tuitt
  DE Stephon Tuitt (elbow) was among three defensive starters who missed practice Thursday. Tuitt said he injured his elbow on Wednesday, but expects to practice Friday. "I'll have the pads back on (Friday)," Tuitt said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It was not really serious. It will be really good."


Jan 11 2018 - Artie Burns
  CB Artie Burns, who suffered a hyperextended right knee, in Wednesday's practice, did not practice Thursday in advance of Sunday's playoff game against Jacksonville. Burns earlier Thursday that he had planned to practice and expected to play Sunday. Burns started every game for the Steelers this season and had one interception.


Jan 10 2018 - Artie Burns
  CB Artie Burns sustained an injury to his right knee during Wednesday's practice, multiple media outlets reported. It was a non-contact injury, which is worrisome. However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Burns' ligaments are intact. That suggests Burns may be ready for Sunday's game, although the team has not announced an official diagnosis. Burns started every game this season and had 54 tackles and one interception during the regular season.


Jan 10 2018 - B.J. Finney
  OL B.J. Finney, who sustained thigh and ankle injuries in the regular-season finale against the Browns, was limited in practice.


Jan 10 2018 - Stephon Tuitt
  DE Stephon Tuitt was limited in practice with an elbow injury.


Jan 10 2018 - Artie Burns
  CB Artie Burns was limited Wednesday with a knee injury that he suffered in practice.


Jan 10 2018 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown, who missed the final two games of the regular season because of a calf injury, was a full participant in practice Wednesday.


Jan 10 2018 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell healthy for the start of these playoffs despite touching the ball 406 times (321 rushing attempts and 85 receptions). Bell is looking for a typical workload Sunday against the Jaguars. "I feel great," Bell said. "I can't complain. This is the freshest I've ever been going into the playoffs. I don't go into a game feeling achy or sore. I'm going in feeling new, like I haven't played in a minute, like I want to get back out there. It's a great place for me to be, especially with me having so many touches over the course of the year."


Jan 10 2018 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger has a big edge over Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles in playoff experience. Roethlisberger will be playing in his 21st career postseason game, Bortles his second. Roethlisberger passed for more than 300 yards against the Jaguars earlier this seaso, but he also threw five interceptions and did not have a touchdown pass.


Jan 10 2018 - Ryan Shazier
  LB Ryan Shazier made his first appearance at a practice since he injured his spinal cord in a Dec. 4 game in Cincinnati. Shazier visited the Steelers' practice facility two days before Christmas and participated in team meetings before the team flew to Houston for a Christmas Day game. But Wednesday was the first time he got to see his teammates prepare for a game without him. "It meant everything in the world," said running back Le'Veon Bell


Jan 10 2018 - Joe Haden
  CB Joe Haden is on the verge of playing his first career NFL playoff game, but he took a moment to lob a verbal shot at his former team. Haden declined to take a pay cut in the offseason by former Cleveland Browns general manager Sashi Brown, with the 28-year-old reportedly saying that Brown didn't view him as a top-five cornerback. Instead, Haden requested his release from the team with which he spent his first seven NFL seasons. "They were going to pay Brock Osweiler $16 million and he's not even on the team (after being signed and then released on Sept. 1)," Haden told Sports Illustrated, "and they wanted to cut money from me!"


Jan 10 2018 - Mike Mitchell
  S Mike Mitchell may be getting a bit ahead of himself. Mitchell told Sports Illustrated that he expects the Steelers to face the New England Patriots in the postseason -- and feels his team will redeem itself. "We're going to play (the Patriots) again," the 30-year-old Mitchell said. "We can play them in hell, we can play them in Haiti, we can play them in New England. ... We're gonna win."


Jan 10 2018 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger may have left the door open for a return next season. Roethlisberger, who contemplated retirement in the offseason, initially dismissed the notion to reporters on Wednesday that the upcoming divisional round playoff game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars will be his last at Heinz Field. "I don't think it is my last, but I'm not thinking about that right now," the 35-year-old Roethlisberger said of Sunday's rematch with the Jaguars. "I'm going to go out and play this one and give everything I have."



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