Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd109.5 (16th)301.6 (2nd)
Defense18th100.3 (6th)253.1 (27th)


Sun Sep 7
W 30 - 27CLE
Thu Sep 11
L 26 - 6at BAL
Sun Sep 21
W 37 - 19at CAR
Sun Sep 28
L 27 - 24TB
Sun Oct 5
W 17 - 9at JAC
Sun Oct 12
L 31 - 10at CLE
Mon Oct 20
W 30 - 23HOU
Sun Oct 26
W 51 - 34IND
Sun Nov 2
W 43 - 23BAL
Sun Nov 9
L 20 - 13at NYJ
Mon Nov 17
W 27 - 24at TEN
Sun Nov 30
L 35 - 32NO
Sun Dec 7
W 42 - 21at CIN
Sun Dec 14
W 27 - 20at ATL
Sun Dec 21
W 20 - 12KC
Sun Dec 28
W 27 - 17CIN
Sat Jan 3
L 30 - 17BAL


Steelers claim LS Brandon Hartson off waivers
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

The Steelers announced on Friday that they claimed long snapper Brandon Hartson off of waivers. 

Hartson was waived by the Chiefs on Thursday. 

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Tomlin: Steelers SS Thomas must be ready to roll in 2015
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Shamarko Thomas took a step backward in 2014. He must be prepared to take a big step forward in 2015.

That's the mandate from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in regard to his third-year safety following the retirement of veteran standout Troy Polamalu. Thomas appears set to start in his place - and those are huge cleats to fill.

"If given the opportunity, I think (Thomas) better be ready to seize it," Tomlin told the team website. "I know that's his mentality, like the mentality of all our guys. But when you ask about open competition that's exactly what it is. I don't now that we have any pre-subscribed notions about how we're going to come out of this thing."

Thomas, who dealt with a hamstring issue last season, played in just 11 games and contributed only five tackles after registering 22 the previous year.

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Ike Taylor second Steelers DB to retire this offseason
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected is now official - cornerback Ike Taylor has retired. He is the second Steelers defensive back to do so this offseason. Troy Polamalu has called it quits as well.

Taylor concludes his career with 14 interceptions, 632 tackles and three sacks. He served as a starter since 2005, but never earned a Pro Bowl spot.

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Report: Steelers re-sign safety Will Allen
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Steelers agreed to terms on a contract with safety Will Allen on Friday, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Allen played in 16 games for the Steelers last season and totaled 36 tackles. He has six career interceptions during his 12-year career.

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Troy Polamalu informs Steelers he's retiring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu informed owner Dan Rooney Wednesday that he has decided to retire from football, the Herald-Standard reports.

"It's all about family," Polamalu said in a phone interview. "I live here in Pittsburgh now, and since the end of the season I've had a chance to enjoy my family on a level I never had before. It was awesome."

The Steelers had asked Polamalu, who carried an $8.25-million cap hit for 2015, to retire in February, but he resisted until this week. He dealt with a sprained knee ligament last season but believed he could still continue playing.

"I did not seriously consider playing elsewhere," Polamalu said. "It was just whether or not I wanted to play. I had talked to a lot of people about what I should do with my situation, and what they kept saying back to me, and which was not a sufficient reason, was 'Troy, you played 12 years in the NFL, you won Super Bowls, won individual awards. There's nothing left to prove. You have a legacy.' And I just kept saying, 'First of all, I don't care about a legacy. Second of all, I play the game because I enjoy it.' That's the reason to keep playing.

"Like I said, what it came down to was definitely family. If I'm in my fourth year, fifth year, even if I'm in my 10th year, I'm playing in Alaska. But when I started this process and started to debate whether I should come back or should I play, that was kind of the sign for me to say 'Whoa, if you're just even debating it maybe you shouldn't play anymore,' because what I do know about this game is it takes a lot –a lot – of commitment just to be an average player."

Polamalu finishes his 12-year career with 32 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles, 12 sacks and five defensive touchdowns.

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