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 Latest Steelers Player Notes
Jul 17 2017 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell will play on a $12.12 million exclusive franchise tag this season after Monday's deadline came and went without a long-term deal. The Steelers can tag the versatile Bell for the second straight season in 2018 at $14.54 million or re-sign him. The two sides cannot resume negotiations until the season ends. The franchise tag still has Bell as the league's highest-paid tailback in 2017, with Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy the next closest in per-year salary. McCoy averages $8 million on his five-year deal. The Steelers rode Bell to the playoffs in 2016. He rushed for 1,268 yards (4.9-yard average) and seven touchdowns in 12 games, and caught 75 passes for another 616 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season, becoming the first player in NFL history to average 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards per game.


Jul 14 2017 - Martavis Bryant
  WR Martavis Bryant wants to have a word with Ben Roethlisberger after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback tossed critical comments in his direction. Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last year that Bryant lied to him and that the team felt "let down" by the wideout after he was suspended for the season. "I feel like we need to (talk)," Bryant told ESPN. "We should have a man-to-man. Because some of the things he put out there about me, I kind of didn't agree with how he did it. So I want to sit down and hear his own opinion, man-to-man, about why he did that." Bryant was suspended four games in 2015 and the entire following season for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.


Jul 12 2017 - DeAngelo Williams
  RB DeAngelo Williams is hoping to latch on to a team for the upcoming 2017 season, although the free-agent running back dismissed four clubs right out of the chute -- including a familiar one. Williams told ESPN's Adam Schefter in his "Know Them From Adam" podcast that he'd rather not play for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys as well as his initial NFL team, the Carolina Panthers. Williams is open to returning to the team with which he spent the last two seasons -- the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh drafted third-rounder James Conner and signed veteran Knile Davis for tailback depth.


Jun 15 2017 - *T.J. Watt
  OLB T.J. Watt, a rookie first-round pick, played with the first-team defense during OTAs and minicamp because the Steelers rested 39-year-old veteran James Harrison. Those reps, plus Watt's ability to learn the defense, could mean a big role for Watt next season. Watt has not looked out of place with the starters. Outside linebackers coach Joey Porter said he could count on one hand the number of mental mistakes Watt made this spring. He called it "rare" for a rookie to pick up the defensive playbook that well so soon.


Jun 14 2017 - *T.J. Watt
  LB T.J. Watt was signed to his four-year rookie deal on Wednesday, wrapping up their draft-class signings. Selected 30th overall in April out of Wisconsin, the 22-year-old outside linebacker becomes the third member of his family in the NFL. He joins older brothers J.J. (Houston Texans) and Derek (Los Angeles Chargers). T.J. Watt was the last of the Steelers' eight draft picks to sign.


Jun 13 2017 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to sign his franchise tender, was reportedly not spotted during the team's minicamp that began Tuesday. The minicamp is mandatory for all players under contract. Bell has not signed his franchise tender and can't be fined for his absence. Bell, who is coming off groin surgery, has until the July 15 deadline to work out a deal for franchised players. If not, the 25-year-old Bell will play the 2017 season on the $12 million franchise tender.


May 30 2017 - James Conner
  RB James Conner returned to practice on a limited basis. He injured a hamstring during rookie minicamp and missed the first week of OTAs. With Conner injured and Le'Veon Bell absent while rehabbing from sports hernia surgery, it's left plenty of first-team reps for Knile Davis, a free agent who was signed in March.


May 30 2017 - Sean Davis
  S Sean Davis revealed he had surgery for a torn labrum over the offseason. He's been on the field doing individual work but hasn't taken part in the team portion of practices.


May 30 2017 - Kameron Canaday
  LS Kameron Canaday was signed by the Steelers.


May 30 2017 - Daimion Stafford
  S Daimion Stafford to add some depth at safety, where they are a bit thin. Stafford, who started six games for Tennessee last season, did not get much attention during free agency. His only other visit was to Jacksonville. Stafford is expected to add depth behind starting strong safety Sean Davis and veteran Robert Golden, who started 11 games over the last two seasons as the primary backup at both safety spots.


May 25 2017 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown, who was flagged three times last season for his post-touchdown celebrations, approves of the NFL's rule change. The NFL announced Tuesday at the owners meeting that it will permit celebrating with teammates in the end zone or using the football as a prop, thus allowing players to be more expressive after touchdowns. "It's amazing," Brown told reporters at practice for the Steelers' organized team activities. "I'm sure the guys are looking forward to it, the O-line, some of the guys who don't get to celebrate with the guys who are getting in the end zone. I think it will be fun." Brown plans to incorporate several of his offensive linemen in his celebrations, including getting Pro Bowl C Maurkice Pouncey involved.


May 18 2017 - Ladarius Green
  TE Ladarius Green was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday. The Steelers used a failed physical designation. Pittsburgh signed Green to a four-year, $20 million contract last season and he earned about $6 million of the deal before being released. Parting ways with Green is expected to cost the Steelers $3.5 million in dead money. In his only season with the Steelers, Green missed 10 games and made two starts. He caught 18 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown while battling an ankle injury and a concussion.


Apr 25 2017 - Martavis Bryant
  WR Martavis Bryant was conditionally reinstated to the NFL after being suspended for the entire 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday. Bryant is eligible to participate in the Steelers' preseason meetings, conditioning work and other football-related activities. Bryant missed 20 regular-season games over two seasons for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. He has played in just 21 NFL games, including five starts, in 2014 and 2015, and had 76 receptions for 1,314 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns in those two seasons combined.


Apr 15 2017 - Martavis Bryant
  Wide receiver Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers moved one step closer to being reinstated by the NFL after being suspended for the 2016 season because of violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Bryant met Thursday with the NFL's Management Council in New York as part of his efforts for reinstatement, Alex Marvez of Sporting News reported on Saturday. Among the conditions for being cleared to play again, Bryant was told to assemble a plan detailing safeguards that would help him prevent a relapse upon returning to Pittsburgh, according to the report. Bryant eventually will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or one of his representatives once the league's medical director and medical advisor submit their recommendation about reinstatement. The NFL suspended Bryant in March 2016 for at least a year after he failed multiple drug tests. The NFL accepts applications no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of a suspension. Bryant applied for reinstatement in January. Bryant, 25, also was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season because of violations of the same policy. Bryant, a fourth-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2014, caught 50 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games during the 2015 season. He has 76 catches for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns in 21 regular-season NFL games in his career. Bryant posted a photo Friday of Steelers chairman and owner Dan Rooney, who died Thursday at age 84, with a message: "RIP Mr. Rooney may God be with his family."


Mar 21 2017 - Tyson Alualu
  DE Tyson Alualu decided to sign a two-year deal to join Pittsburgh on Tuesday one day after visiting the club. Alualu spent his first seven seasons with Jacksonville after being selected by the Jaguars with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In 110 career games (88 starts), Alualu has totaled 258 tackles, 17 1/2 sacks, six passes defensed and a pair of forced fumbles.


Mar 20 2017 - Knile Davis
  RB Knile Davis was signed to a one-year contract, adding depth at the position. Davis, the Kansas City Chiefs' third-round draft pick in 2013 out of Arkansas, has played in 57 games in his four NFL seasons. Davis, 25, spent the 2013-15 seasons with Kansas City before stints with the Green Bay Packers (two games) and Chiefs (nine games) in 2016.


Mar 15 2017 - Justin Hunter
  WR Justin Hunter and the Steelers agreed on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Hunter, 25, saw four of his 10 catches go for touchdowns and had 189 receiving yards in 12 games with the Bills last season. He has 78 career receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns since being selected by the Titans with a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.


Mar 1 2017 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger said shortly after the season ended that he wasn't sure if he'd return for the 2017 season. But the Steelers believe he will return, and the way general manager Kevin Colbert was talking Wednesday it sounds as if he could play out the remaining three years of his contract. "He is getting older," Colbert said. "He's getting better. "He was hit less this year than any year in his career. Chances are he will extend his career. We don't know how long it will go." The Steelers might select a quarterback in the draft, but they're not necessarily looking for Roethlisberger's replacement just yet. "You have to prepare a quarterback at some point," Colbert said. "He's aware of that. But it doesn't change the way we scout. Every year we'll scout the top QBs. We have to be prepared to stack the draft board regardless of positions."


Mar 1 2017 - James Harrison
  LB James Harrison signed a two-year contract on Wednesday. The deal for the Steelers' all-time sack leader is worth $3.5 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The new contract is Harrison's second with the Steelers since he held an official retirement press conference in August 2014. The 38-year-old Harrison will enter his 15th season in the NFL, all but one with Pittsburgh. The Steelers released him in 2013 when he refused to take a pay cut, and he played that season with the Cincinnati Bengals


Feb 28 2017 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown agreed to a new five-year deal, and multiple reports said it would make Brown the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver. The Steelers did not release terms of the contract, but multiple media outlets reported that it is technically a four-year extension worth $68 million. The average salary of $17 million per year over the four years surpasses the $15 million per year made by Cincinnati's A.J. Green, who had been the highest-paid wide receiver.


Feb 28 2017 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell was given the exclusive franchise tag, which pays $12.2 million for 2017 unless he and the Steelers agree to a long-term deal. With Adrian Peterson and the Vikings expected to part ways this offseason, Bell would be the NFL's highest-paid running back if he plays under the franchise tender.


Feb 22 2017 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell, who was forced out of the AFC Championship Game because of a groin injury, is not expected to need offseason surgery. Bell appears to have avoided an operation, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported. Bell rushed just six times for 20 yards during the Steelers' 36-17 loss in the AFC title game to the New England Patriots. After the game, Bell admitted to reporters that he managed the groin injury for "a couple weeks" and aggravated it against the Patriots.


Feb 16 2017 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown being signed to a long-term extension is a "priority" this offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown has one year remaining on his current contract worth $4.71 million. He was originally due to earn $8.71 this season before a 2016 restructuring moved $4 million of 2017 salary to 2016. The 28-year-old arguably is the best receiver in the league. He has caught more than 100 passes in each of the last four seasons.


Feb 6 2017 - Justin Gilbert
  CB Justin Gilbert, a former first-round pick, was released by Pittsburgh. Gilbert, 25, saw action in 12 regular-season games for the Steelers in 2016 -- making just three tackles -- after being acquired in a preseason trade from the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 3. The Steelers sent the Browns a 2018 sixth-round pick in return.


Feb 3 2017 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger, who lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, compared the rivalry between the Steelers and Patriot as "like the little brother trying to keep up with the big brother." During an appearance on University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari's podcast, Roethlisberger was asked if the Steelers have a hatred for the Patriots, who have won six of the past seven games against Pittsburgh. "I'd say there's more respect than a hatred," Roethlisberger told Calipari, via ESPN.com. "There's divisional hatred, Baltimore and us, Cincinnati and us, but I don't think there's a hatred there. We've played them now twice in my 13 years in the championship game, my rookie year and this year ... obviously, they've gotten the better of us twice in the championship game and kind of had our number, so we're like the little brother trying to keep up with the big brother in a sense."


Feb 1 2017 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell, who was forced out of the AFC Championship Game because of a groin injury, plans to get another opinion on the injury to determine whether he needs surgery. Bell, making the rounds of Super Bowl media interviews on Wednesday, told NFL Network he is still in the process of determining whether he will need offseason surgery. The NFL is investigating whether the Steelers withheld divulging Bell's groin injury from injury reports during the playoffs.


Jan 28 2017 - Martavis Bryant
  WR Martavis Bryant of the Steelers has applied for reinstatement after being suspended the entire 2016 season for violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to reports. Bryant, 25, will be subject to a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell or his representatives and also with a league medical advisor. The NFL suspended Bryant in March 2016 for at least a year. The NFL accepts applications no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of a suspension.


Jan 24 2017 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger told 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday that he hasn't committed to playing next season and hinted he is considering retirement. "I'm going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options," Roethlisberger said. "To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there's going to be a next season." Roethlisberger, 34, threw for 3,819 yards and 29 touchdowns over 14 games in 2016.


Jan 23 2017 - Javon Hargrave
  DT Javon Hargrave recorded the first sack of his NFL postseason career. He brought down Tom Brady for a loss of 10 yards in the first quarter.


Jan 23 2017 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell only rushed for 20 yards on six carries in the AFC Championship Game. Bell still set a team record for the most rushing yards in a single postseason with 357.


Jan 23 2017 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown set a Steelers single postseason record for the most receiving yards with 309. That surpassed John Stallworth's mark of 288 in 1978.


Jan 23 2017 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger became the sixth quarterback in NFL postseason history to start 20 games and the fourth to do so with one team. He is now 3-2 in AFC Championship Games. Both losses came against Tom Brady and the Patriots.


Jan 23 2017 - Vince Williams
  LB Vince Williams is having shoulder surgery. He will be in a sling for 10 weeks after it's done.


Jan 23 2017 - Ladarius Green
  TE Ladarius Green missed his fifth straight game due to concussion symptoms.


Jan 23 2017 - Ben Roethlisberger
  QB Ben Roethlisberger, registering his fourth 300-yard postseason game, was 31 of 47 (and had some dropped) for 314 yards with one interception. He moved past Dan Marino into sixth place on the all-time postseason yardage list. Roethlisberger hit Hamilton with a 30-yard TD pass and Williams with a two-point conversion pass with 3:36 left.


Jan 23 2017 - Antonio Brown
  WR Antonio Brown, whose Facebook video caused a distraction for the Steelers early in the week, wasn't a factor, catching seven passes for 77 yards.


Jan 23 2017 - DeAngelo Williams
  RB D'Angelo Williams came on for injured RB Le'Veon Bell and ran for 34 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts. Williams also caught seven passes for 51 yards.


Jan 23 2017 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell, a focal point of the Pittsburgh offense, sustained a right groin injury in the first half, tried to return and couldn't. He wound up with 20 yards on six carries. "It was on the second play of the game," Bell said. "Obviously, I got banged up, but I still tried to give it a go. I still tried to play. "It's real disappointing. We work so hard to get here. I felt like I had done a lot to help us get here. To not play and not go to battle with my teammates, it hurts." Asked if he was frustrated, Bell said, "Of course, given how far we came."


Jan 20 2017 - Ladarius Green
  TE Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) was listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game with the New England Patriots. Green has missed the past four games and would have to clear the concussion protocol to play against the Patriots.


Jan 20 2017 - James Harrison
  LB James Harrison is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game with the New England Patriots due to shoulder and triceps injuries. The 38-year-old Harrison returned to practice on Friday after missing the previous two days. He said he plans to play in the contest, which would mark his fifth appearance in the AFC title game.


Jan 19 2017 - Vince Williams
  LB Vince Williams (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.


Jan 19 2017 - Ladarius Green
  TE Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) did not practice Thursday.


Jan 19 2017 - James Harrison
  LB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps) did not practice Thursday.


Jan 19 2017 - Le'Veon Bell
  RB Le'Veon Bell missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday due to personal reasons. Coach Mike Tomlin said Bell was excused but he didn't reveal the reason for his absence. Tomlin said Bell will be ready for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.


Jan 18 2017 - Sean Davis
  S Sean Davis of the Pittsburgh Steelers told reporters on Wednesday he was fined approximately $24,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley last weekend. Davis said he plans to appeal the fine for his hit that resulted in an unnecessary roughness penalty in Pittsburgh's 18-16 victory over Kansas City in the divisional-round game. "I couldn't have done anything different, especially in the red zone," said the 23-year-old Davis, who would be fined a total of $24,309 for the play per NFL rules. "I'm forced to tackle high. If I tackle low, there's a chance of him falling on top of me into the end zone."


Jan 18 2017 - Vince Williams
  LB Vince Williams, who also has been playing through a shoulder injury, did not practice.


Jan 18 2017 - Sean Davis
  S Sean Davis, who has been playing despite a shoulder injury, did not practice Wednesday.


Jan 18 2017 - Anthony Chickillo
  LB Anthony Chickillo, who missed the first two playoff games because of an ankle injury, was a limited practice participant Wednesday. He's been a core special teams player this season.


Jan 18 2017 - Ladarius Green
  TE Ladarius Green, who has missed the last four games due a concussion, was a limited practice participant Wednesday. It was the first time he practiced since the Thursday before the playoff game against Miami. He had a setback that day and did not practice at all last week before the playoff game against the Chiefs.


Jan 16 2017 - Chris Boswell
  PK Chris Boswell is 14 of 14 on field goals in four career postseason games and is just three shy of setting the franchise record for most postseason field goals in team history.



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