Steelers Rumors & News

  • Le'Veon Bell Completes Weed Probation ... Despite New Pot Drama

    TMZ "Although he's facing a 4-game suspension from the NFL for a missed drug test, Le'Veon Bell has got some GOOD weed news in his life ... 'cause he recently completed his probation from his 2014 marijuana arrest. The Pittsburgh Steelers star was charged with marijuana possession and DUI in August..." July 24

  • Steelers' Bell skipped multiple drug tests

    Pro Football Talk "Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell claimed last month that he never missed a drug test. He reportedly missed more than one. Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network that Bell missed “several” drug tests. Bell was already in the NFL’s substance-abuse program and was suspended for the first two..." July 23

  • The Steelers will be just fine without Le’Veon Bell

    Sportsnaut "The Pittsburgh Steelers will once again kick off a season without star running back Le’Veon Bell. Last year saw Bell serve a two-game ban for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He then missed the final two months of the year with a knee injury. In what was some shocking news Friday..." July 22

  • Bell makes Twitter account private after suspension report

    The Score "Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell boasted on Twitter about passing an NFL drug test this spring. Friday, ESPN's Dan Graziano reported Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy. Specifically, Bell reportedly missed a drug test." July 22

  • Le’Veon Bell faces four-game suspension, currently appealing

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers may have to start the season without running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a missed drug test, Dan Graziano of ESPN reports. Under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, players can be disciplined not only if they test positive, but also if they do not..." July 22

  • Steelers release veteran TE Matt Spaeth due to failed physical

    Behind The Steel Curtain "The Pittsburgh Steelers have released veteran tight end Matt Spaeth due to a failed physical examination. Spaeth dealt with knee issues in 2015, and those issues continued into the 2016 offseason. To fill his spot on the team's 90-man offseason roster the team signed free agent tight end Mandel..." July 21

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Mike Tomlin: Steelers are prepared to go for two more often

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers set an NFL record last season by scoring eight two-point conversions, and coach Mike Tomlin says they may go for two even more this year. Although Tomlin wasn’t willing to tip his hand completely, he said this morning on Mike & Mike that he’s on the same page with quarterback Ben..." July 20

  • Steelers' Williams has no empathy for Patriots

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a season in which DeAngelo Williams injured his foot two quarters before the start of the playoffs and was relegated to watching the banged-up Steelers come within minutes of the AFC championship game, it's difficult for the veteran running back to feel sorry about any player or any team..." July 20

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Bengals' Domata Peko says Steelers are 'pieces of bleep'

    USA Today "Several scheduled participants in this year’s NFL International Series games held in England were on hand for a publicity event on Tuesday evening in London. And Bengals defensive linemen Domata Peko stole the show. During the question and answers segment of the evening, Peko was not shy in..." July 14

  • Should the Pittsburgh Steelers move on from WR Martavis Bryant?

    Behind The Steel Curtain "Martavis Bryant is without a doubt the second best receiver on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. His football skills should never be in question -- what should be is much deeper. After starting off the 2015 season with a four-game suspension, Bryant had the world convinced that his issues with..." July 14

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • James Harrison denies PED allegations

    Sportsnaut "In response to the National Football League’s request for an interview regarding the alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison denied any wrongdoing in a sworn affidavit on Tuesday. Harrison’s alleged involvement in the use of performance..." July 12

  • Fantasy: 10 breakout candidates to target in your draft

    The Score "Every fantasy owner wants to discover the star player no one saw coming. It gives you bragging rights over the competition and puts you in position to make a run at the title. With only a few weeks left until players report to training camp, let’s take a look at this year’s breakout..." July 11

  • Le’Veon Bell backs away from his $15 million-per-year rap message

    Pro Football Talk "Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell recently suggested in the lyrics of a rap song that he wants $15 million per year. Using his non-rapping voice, Bell now makes it clear there’s no magic number for his next contract. “I’m not a real greedy guy. I don’t play football just for money or things..." July 09

  • Steelers' Bell expects to be back for training camp

    The Score "Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell expects to be back in time for training camp as he recovers from a torn ACL and MCL incurred last November. Bell is looking to re-establish himself as one of the NFL's premier running backs in 2016. "I'm going to be ready," Bell said Saturday to..." July 09

  • Vontaze Burfict vs Steelers tabbed as best NFL rivalry

    Cincy Jungle "The Bengals and Steelers feature one of the NFL's best rivalry right now. There's no doubt about that. Though the battles have been heated throughout the past decade, they've reached new levels in recent years. Some would point to Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict as being a big reason why. I..." July 07

  • The NFL's Catch Rule Got A Little More Complicated

    Deadspin "The NFL published its updated 2016 rulebook this week, and here’s a list of some of the bigger changes. But c’mon, we all want to see what the ever-evolving, always-baffling catch rule looks like now, so we can pretend we have any idea what we’re talking about when there’s a catch..." July 07

  • Le’Veon Bell says he would ‘never’ leave Steelers

    Sportsnaut "Despite the hubbub surrounding Le’Veon Bell these days, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is staunchly against leaving his current NFL home. At least, that’s what he told a fan, who asked if Bell was going to leave." July 06

  • Did Antonio Brown Take a Shot at Jason Pierre-Paul With a Subtweet About Fireworks Safety?

    Complex "If anyone knows the value of fireworks safety, it’s Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Exactly one year ago today, JPP lost a portion of his right hand, including parts of several fingers, as a result of a fireworks accident. It likely cost him millions of dollars, and there’s a very good..." July 04

  • Le'Veon Bell fires back at critics in new rap song

    The Score "Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell released a new rap song titled "Focus" on Saturday. Bell, who raps under the moniker Juice, previously recorded another song called "Rubberbandz," which was unveiled earlier this summer." July 03

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • James Harrison demands Roger Goodell come to him for PED interview

    Fox Sports "If the NFL wants to interview Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison over the Al-Jazeera America report that linked him and other NFL players to performance-enhancing drugs, that's fine. But he has some stipulations. 1. The interview has to be at his house, not in training camp as the..." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Why Pittsburgh Steelers fans might not want to forget about Shamarko Thomas at safety

    Behind The Steel Curtain "When legendary Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu decided to call it a career after the 2014 season, fans were excited to see who would claim the safety position alongside Mike Mitchell in the team's secondary. The options were names most had become familiar with: Will Allen, Shamarko Thomas..." June 26

  • NFL will interview players tied to Al-Jazeera America report on PEDs

    USA Today "The NFL has informed its players union that league officials plan to show up on the first day of training camp to interview three players named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance enhancers and other drugs. Adolpho Birch, the league’s senior vice president of labor..." June 24

  • Suisham hints at retirement after injury setback, release by Steelers

    The Score "Veteran placekicker Shaun Suisham hinted that he plans to retire from football Friday, hours after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the statement announcing Suisham's release, the Steelers cited a recent setback in his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in the 2015..." June 24

  • Steelers cut kicker Suisham "The Pittsburgh Steelers released kicker Shaun Suisham after another injury setback, the team announced Friday. "Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won't allow him to compete in a timely manner," said Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a..." June 24

  • Antonio Brown Makes ESPN Fantasy Football History

    College Spun "ESPN has been doing preseason fantasy football rankings for 15 years. Every year, a running back has had the No. 1 spot on the preseason rankings. History has been made this year. For the first time ever, a non-running back has the No. 1 spot. That player? Steelers’ wide receiver..." June 21

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Antonio Brown, Julio Jones among most-featured receivers

    ESPN "In his record-setting 2012 season, Calvin Johnson was targeted a league-high 201 times. He finished that year with 1,964 yards, an NFL record that very well could be challenged this season, given the talented group of pass-catchers who are in their primes. Just last year, Julio Jones and..." June 18

  • Landry Jones emerges from minicamp likely to be the Steelers' No. 2 QB

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The only quarterback the Steelers drafted in the past eight years walked off the field Thursday to end the final day of his fourth minicamp seconds before a downpour, which was appropriate. Landry Jones walked through the raindrops far too long with the Steelers without so much as getting wet..." June 18

  • Steelers' Pouncey reflects about undergoing 7 surgeries

    The Score "Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was in a contemplative mood Thursday, after undergoing seven surgeries last year to repair a broken fibula. Pouncey missed the entire season as a result, but told reporters last month that he'd made a full recovery. The Steelers' lineman is looking..." June 17

  • Le’Veon Bell won’t talk contract until he’s sure his knee is good

    The Sports Daily "Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, whose contract expires after the 2016 season, wants to make sure his knee is healed before discussing a new deal. “I just want to make sure my knee’s good,” Bell told reporters Thursday, via “Make sure everything’s straight before all..." June 16

  • Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell denies rumors of missed drug test

    Behind The Steel Curtain "I am assuming other fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers reactions were the same when they heard through the social media grapevine of Le'Veon Bell reportedly missing an NFL mandated drug test. For me, I received a text message from fellow BTSC writer Mike Frazer stating "Just heard a rumor Bell..." June 16

  • Steelers begin contract talks with David DeCastro

    College Spun "The Steelers have begun contract talk with their All-Pro offensive lineman, David DeCastro. The 26-year-old offensive guard, taken by Pittsburgh with the No. 24 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, in on the fifth-year of his rookie deal. He’s set to make $8 million this season. DeCastro, per..." June 15

  • James Harrison on playing at 40, NFL drug tests at his mom's house

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, 38, talked to the media for the first time since announcing his decision to play a 14th NFL season, which might not be his last. Here are highlights of Harrison's talk: On feeling great and his role in the defense: "I want to be used however..." June 15

  • Steelers QB Roethlisberger avoids politics, endorses 2-point conversions

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has no desire to publicly endorse a presidential candidate, but he campaigned nonetheless on the first day of Steelers minicamp. His platform: Making the 2-point conversion ubiquitous. “I think we should go for it every time,” he said Tuesday before the first..." June 15

  • Big Ben wants the Steelers to be crazy aggressive with 2-point attempts

    Fox Sports "The Pittsburgh Steelers have earned a reputation as a team that loves to go for the two-point conversion after touchdowns. And quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants his team to be even more aggressive this season. As in, going for two every time the team scores. And head coach Mike Tomlin is at..." June 14

  • Michael Vick wants to play another season, go out with a bang

    Newark Star-Ledger "Michael Vick will be 36 years old later this month. A "healthy 36" as he likes to say. Vick is three years younger than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He's a year younger than Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He's only six months older than Giants quarterback Eli Manning. And Vick's not..." June 13

  • Roethlisberger will not endorse ‘acquaintance’ Trump

    Sportsnaut "Donald Trump will be minus at least one NFL quarterback at the upcoming GOP convention. Ben Roethlisberger made it clear Saturday he does not endorse the Republican presidential candidate and that he will not be attending the event to speak on Trump’s behalf. Speaking at a large rally Friday..." June 12

  • Trump may ask Brady, Roethlisberger to speak at GOP Convention

    New York Times "Donald J. Trump has some ideas for how to jazz up the Republican National Convention, and he previewed one at a rally here on Friday evening: a “winner’s evening” of sports celebrities and champions addressing the convention rather than politicians. “We’re going to do it a little different, if..." June 11

  • Javon Hargrave becomes final Steelers draft pick to sign

    Pro Football Talk "The Steelers made it a complete set of 2016 draft picks under contract on Friday by signing third-round defensive tackle Javon Hargrave. Hargrave had 37 sacks during his career at South Carolina State, which catches the eye even if it is a sizable step up from the Mid-Eastern Athletic..." June 10