Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd109.5 (16th)301.6 (2nd)
Defense18th100.3 (6th)253.1 (27th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
76Adams, Mike T6-73233/10/19904Ohio State
28Allen, Cortez CB6-119610/29/19885The Citadel
20Allen, Will SS6-12006/17/198212Ohio State
13Archer, Dri RB5-81738/9/19912Kent State
68Beachum, Kelvin T6-33036/8/19894Southern Methodist
26Bell, Le'Veon RB6-12442/18/19923Michigan State
16Benford, Tim WR5-111989/7/19891Tennessee Tech
 Berry, Jordan P6-52053/18/1991REastern Kentucky
41Blake, Antwon DB5-91988/9/19904Texas-El Paso
87Blanchflower, Rob TE6-42566/8/19901Massachusetts
3Boyd, Tajh QB6-12229/25/1990RClemson
84Brown, Antonio WR5-101867/10/19886Central Michigan
79Browning, Bryant G6-43256/26/19882Ohio State
10Bryant, Martavis WR6-421112/20/19912Clemson
0Chickillo, Anthony DE6-326712/10/1992RMiami (Fla.)
0Clear, Cameron TE6-52772/25/1993RTexas A&M
0Coates, Sammie WR6-12123/31/1993RAuburn
71Conrath, Matt DT6-73068/11/19893Virginia
42Dangerfield, Jordan DB5-1120012/25/19901Towson
40Darby, Alden DB5-101926/22/1992RArizona State
 Davis, Dominique DE6-5285//RLiberty
66DeCastro, David G6-53161/11/19904Stanford
 Dieffenbach, Miles G6-33037/9/1991RPenn State
0Dismukes, Reese C6-329610/20/1992RAuburn
0Dupree, Bud LB6-42692/12/1993RKentucky
49Egnew, Michael TE6-526011/1/19893Missouri
0Finney, B.J. C6-432410/26/1991RKansas State
37Fogg, Kevin DB5-1018510/6/19901Liberty
73Foster, Ramon G6-63251/7/19867Tennessee
 Gardner, Devin WR6-421812/14/1991RMichigan
57Garvin, Terence ILB6-32211/1/19913West Virginia
22Gay, William CB5-101901/1/19859Louisville
71Geathers, Clifton DT6-832512/11/19876South Carolina
77Gilbert, Marcus T6-63302/15/19885Florida
21Golden, Robert SAF5-112029/13/19904Arizona
0Golson, Senquez CB5-91767/3/1993RMississippi
18Goodwin, C.J. WR6-31902/4/19901California (PA)
5Gradkowski, Bruce QB6-12201/27/198310Toledo
0Grant, Doran CB5-1020011/30/1992ROhio State
 Green, Shayon LB6-3264//RMiami (Fla.)
40Harris, Josh RB5-112101/22/19911Wake Forest
92Harrison, James OLB6-02755/4/197812Kent State
 Hatchie, Micah T6-5304//RWashington
79Hemer, Ethan DT6-62853/3/19911Wisconsin
97Heyward, Cameron DE6-52885/6/19895Ohio State
85Heyward-Bey, Darrius WR6-22192/26/19877Maryland
0Holliman, Gerod FS6-02185/6/1994RLouisville
74Hubbard, Chris G6-42864/23/19912Alabama-Birmingham
0James, Jesse TE6-72616/4/1994RPenn State
46Johnson, Will FB6-223811/14/19884West Virginia
95Jones, Jarvis OLB6-224510/13/19893Georgia
34Jones, Howard LB6-42382/10/19901Shepherd
3Jones, Landry QB6-32214/4/19893Oklahoma
99Keisel, Brett (FA) DE6-52859/19/197814Brigham Young
67Kruger, Joe DE6-62906/4/19922Utah
 Lemon, Shawn LB6-22508/25/1988RAkron
41Lewis, Isaiah SS5-1021110/30/1991RMichigan State
62McCullers-Sanders, Dan NT6-73528/11/19922Tennessee
90McLendon, Steve NT6-43201/3/19866Troy
83Miller, Heath TE6-525610/22/198211Virginia
23Mitchell, Mike FS6-02106/10/19877Ohio U.
55Moats, Arthur OLB6-22503/14/19886James Madison
 Murphy, Tyler WR6-22131/12/1992RBoston College
43Nix, Roosevelt RB5-112603/30/1992RKent State
82Palmer, Michael (FA) TE6-52521/18/19886Clemson
 Phillips, Shakim WR6-32063/19/1992RBoston College
53Pouncey, Maurkice C6-43047/24/19896Florida
7Roethlisberger, Ben QB6-52413/2/198212Miami (Ohio)
 Rogers, Eli WR5-1018012/23/1992RLouisville
0Scheuerman, Ross WR6-02043/5/1993RLafayette
50Shazier, Ryan ILB6-12379/6/19922Ohio State
89Spaeth, Matt (FA) TE6-726011/24/19839Minnesota
51Spence, Sean ILB5-112316/7/19904Miami (Fla.)
 Stingily, Cameron RB6-123510/5/1991RNorthern Illinois
6Suisham, Shaun K6-020012/29/198111Bowling Green State
34Tate, Ben (FA) RB5-102208/21/19886Auburn
24Taylor, Ike (FA) CB6-21955/5/198013Louisiana-Lafayette
96Thomas, Cam DE6-433012/12/19866North Carolina
29Thomas, Shamarko SS5-92172/23/19913Syracuse
 Thornton, Mike DT6-22901/1/1992RGeorgia
94Timmons, Lawrence ILB6-12345/14/19869Florida State
91Tuitt, Stephon DE6-53035/23/19932Notre Dame
66Van Dyk, Mitchell T6-72991/2/1991RPortland State
35Ventrone, Ross DB5-81959/27/19863Villanova
78Villanueva, Alejandro DE6-92779/22/19881Army
72Wallace, Cody G6-430011/26/19846Texas A&M
0Walton, Leterrius DT6-5319//RCentral Michigan
60Warren, Greg LS6-325210/18/198111North Carolina
39Webb, B.W. CB5-111905/3/19903William & Mary
11Wheaton, Markus WR5-111822/7/19913Oregon State
 Whimpey, Kevin T6-5295//RUtah State
 Wild, Ian DB6-12203/13/1990RMercyhurst
34Williams, DeAngelo RB5-92154/25/198310Memphis
98Williams, Vince ILB6-125012/27/19893Florida State
9Wing, Brad P6-32051/27/19912Louisiana State
93Worilds, Jason (FA) OLB6-22623/3/19886Virginia Tech
56Zumwalt, Jordan OLB6-423510/13/19912UCLA
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Pittsburgh6-4309.16-5302.625.32037
 
 
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Ryan Shazier
News
Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) was unable to practice and received the thumbs-down for Week 14 against Cincinnati. Gilbert was the only player on Pittsburgh's final injury report ruled out for Sunday. Linebacker James Harrison (knee) also missed practice all week and is unlikely to play. He was ruled as doubtful.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) was the only player on the report designated as questionable, while cornerback Cortez Allen (thumb), cornerback Brice McCain (hamstring), tight end Heath Miller (rest), safety Troy Polamalu (illness), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (rest), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) were deemed probable.

Ben Tate
News
Running back Ben Tate is working out for the Cowboys on Thursday, according to a report by ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Tate has played for Houston, Cleveland, Minnesota and Pittsburgh in his four-year NFL career. 

Antonio Brown
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Steelers explosive wideout Antonio Brown put on a happy face Tuesday for the media despite his inability to land a long-term deal with the team. He is scheduled this season to make $8.392 million, which ranks only 13th in the NFL among all wide receivers.

"This is a community that I love," Brown told ESPN. "My kids go to school here. I want to keep a good reputation. Obviously money's not important to me. I've got enough. The organization has extremely blessed me. I'm ready to play football."

Brown has more catches (239) than any other receiver in the sport since 2013.

The Steelers hold his rights for the next three seasons and don't typically renegotiate contracts until one is set to expire that year.

Isaiah Lewis
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The Bengals waived defensive tackle Larry Black, defensive back Isaiah Lewis, kicker Quinn Sharp and receiver Ryan Whalen and released cornerback R.J. Stanford.
Jarvis Jones
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Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert wants to see the starting right outside linebacker earn the job this fall, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

With veteran James Harrison re-signing with the team, he and second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones will be in an "open competition" for the job.

Jones was hampered by injuries in his rookie season, limiting him to just seven games, totaling 18 tackles and two sacks. Harrison signed with Pittsburgh midway through 2014, totaling 45 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks in 11 games.

Cam Thomas
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The Steelers signed Cam Thomas to play defensive end in their 3-4 scheme, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Thomas primarily played nose tackle for the Chargers. He could still see snaps at the nose in Pittsburgh, the report said.
Anthony Chickillo
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Marcus Gilbert
News
The Steelers created $6.2 million in cap space by restructuring two contracts, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Mike Mitchell had tweaks made to their contracts that won't affect their income for the 2015 season. However, the money they were slated to make from their salaries and roster bonuses are being applied as signing bonuses to free up cap space for the upcoming league year. 

The restructured signing bonuses will be prorated and affect their cap number for future seasons. 

The restructured deals were likely done to help free up money to re-sign linebacker Jason Worilds, linebacker Arthur Moats and cornerback Brice McCain. 

Shakim Phillips
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Markus Wheaton
News
The Steelers will give second-year pro Martavis Bryant "every opportunity this summer to claim the No. 2 receiver spot" opposite superstar Antonio Brown, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said what Bryant accomplished in the second half of last season was a "big thing."

“We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue to give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,” Haley said.

A fourth-round pick out of Clemson, Bryant was inactive the first six games before catching six touchdowns in the first four games he played. He finished with 26 catches for 549 yards and eight scores, adding five grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown in the playoff loss to Baltimore.

“When young guys come in at the receiver position and contribute early like he did, it is a big thing,” Haley said. “He took a lot of pressure off Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton … he really had a big impact on our offense. He is a guy we are going to work real hard throughout the offseason and, like all young players, he should make progress from year one to year two.”

Wheaton caught 53 passes for 644 yards and two scores while playing every game.

Bud Dupree
News
Steelers rookie linebacker and first-round pick Bud Dupree needed all of three practices to sense a difference in his development as an NFL player.

The game is already slowing down.

"The first day was kind of fast for me and the rest of the rookies, but I feel like we are adjusting well and learning the plays on the go," he told the team website. "I think I am adjusting fast to the playbook. I know a lot of it right now, but I want to keep on learning."

Much has changed since rookie minicamp. The game definitely speeds up when the veterans arrive.

"All the vets already know where they are going, know their assignments already," Dupree said. "They have been through a lot of game experience so they know what to expect. Me and the rest of the rookies are just going on what we see right now."

Dupree is especially tuned in to what his fellow linebackers are doing. He is taking their advice in adjusting to a new defense.

"All the fundamental things you need to learn playing football and learning the plays more precise so you don't have to think about it while you're on the field. Just small things like that."

James Harrison
News
With Steelers linebacker James Harrison about to enter his 13th NFL season, Harrison knows his time in the league may be ending soon, reports the team's official website.

"It's a young man's game," he said. "You can't play it forever. You have to be grateful for the time that you get and move on from there."

Harrison briefly retired after the 2013 season before returning to play in 2014. He said he has come to realize that change is a constant in the NFL.

"Each year is a new era because you have a new set of guys," Harrison said. "No defense comes in with the same group of guys year in and year out from every position. I think each year is a new group, new era."

Alden Darby
News
The Chargers announced their final round of roster cuts on Saturday, paring their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

The following players were let go by San Diego: WR Vincent Brown, LB Victor Aiyewa, DT Chas Alecxih, WR Torrence Allen, CB Crezdon Butler, S Alden Darby, CB Greg Ducre, TE Mike Flacco, T Michael Harris , WR Javontee Herndon, OLB Thomas Keiser, DL Joe Kruger, OLB Cordarro Law, S Adrian Phillips, WR Tevin Reese, T Jeremiah Sirles, QB Brad Sorensen, OLB Colton Underwood, G Craig Watts, T Kenny Wiggins, C Khalil Wilkes and DL Doug Worthington.
Jordan Berry
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Micah Hatchie
No Updates
Mike Thornton
No Updates
Ian Wild
No Updates
Tyler Murphy
No Updates
Matt Spaeth
News
The Steelers kept tight end Matt Spaeth from becoming a free agent, by agreeing to terms on a new two-year deal. 

“I think of Pittsburgh as home now,” he said in an announcement from the team. “This organization is the best in the world, and I am just happy to be back.”

Kevin Fogg
News
The Dolphins have completed their series of cuts to pare down their roster to the league-mandated 53 heading into the regular season.

The dispatched offensive players are quarterback Seth Lobato, linemen Tony Hills, David Arkin, Sam Brenner and Evan Finkenberg , wideouts Kevin Cone and Matt Hazel, running backs Marcus Thigpen and Daniel Thomas and tight end Evan Wilson .

Among the defensive players let go are linemen Isaako Aaitui, Garrison Smith, Tevin Mims and D'Aundre Reed, linebacker Andrew Wilson and defensive backs Jordan Kovacs and Kevin Fogg. Placekicker Jake Rogers has also been waived.

The Dolphins have also placed defensive tackle on IR and defensive end Dion Jordan and safety Reshad Jones on the reserve/suspended list.

Cortez Allen
News
While the Steelers were able to activate linebacker Jarvis Jones form short-term IR, they had to place cornerback Cortez Allen on IR in order to accommodate Jones on the 53-man roster.

Jones played in three games before he suffered a wrist injury and was then placed on short-term IR. Allen (thumb) was listed as probable heading into Week 14 against Cincinnati.

Bruce Gradkowski
News
The Steelers have signed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to a three-year deal. The Pittsburgh native, who once led the Raiders to an improbable win at Heinz Field, will back up Big Ben.
Terence Garvin
News
Linebacker Terence Garvin, who made his first start in Week 16, won't make his second on Sunday. He is the lone Steelers player ruled out for the game against the Browns. Fellow linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen) is questionable while the other injured are probable.

They are guard David DeCastro (back), linebacker Jarvis Jones (illness), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (foot). All were full participants in Friday practice.

Doran Grant
No Updates
Stephon Tuitt
News
The Steelers and rookie second-round pick defensive tackle Stephon Tuitt have agreed to a four-year deal, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. The 6-foot-5, 303-pound Tuitt will compete for playing time along the D-line in camp this summer. 
David DeCastro
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The Steelers have decided to pick up the fifth-year option on offensive lineman David DeCastro's contract, reports 98.5 The Sports Hub.

DeCastro has started 31 games at guard for the Steelers over the last two seasons.

Mike Mitchell
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Steelers veteran free safety Mike Mitchell has revealed that he had surgery in the offseason to repair a groin injury, per Associated Press. He added that despite occasional pain, he is ready to roll.

Mitchell, who could be moving to a strong safety spot in 2015, started all 16 games in his first season with Pittsburgh last year. His 71 total tackles was a career-high.

Joe Kruger
News
The Chargers announced their final round of roster cuts on Saturday, paring their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

The following players were let go by San Diego: WR Vincent Brown, LB Victor Aiyewa, DT Chas Alecxih, WR Torrence Allen, CB Crezdon Butler, S Alden Darby, CB Greg Ducre, TE Mike Flacco, T Michael Harris , WR Javontee Herndon, OLB Thomas Keiser, DL Joe Kruger, OLB Cordarro Law, S Adrian Phillips, WR Tevin Reese, T Jeremiah Sirles, QB Brad Sorensen, OLB Colton Underwood, G Craig Watts, T Kenny Wiggins, C Khalil Wilkes and DL Doug Worthington.
Howard Jones
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The Steelers signed receivers C.J. Goodwin and Derek Moye, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, defensive backs Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, defensive linemen Josh Mauro and Nick Williams, running back Josh Harris, tight end Rob Blanchflower and linebacker Howard Jones to their practice squad.
Mike Adams
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Colts safety Mike Adams and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson will replace Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and linebacker Bobby Wagner in the 2015 Pro Bowl.

Neither Thomas nor Wagner can participate in the game as both prepare to take on the Patriots in next week's Super Bowl. 

Jackson led Indianapolis with 140 tackles in 2014, including four sacks while Adams totaled 87 tackles and grabbed a team-high five interceptions. 

Tim Benford
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Cornerback Sterling Moore, who has earned some playing time with New England and Dallas, has been cut by the Cowboys. Moore played in five games in both 2011 and 2012. Another significant cut by the team is wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, who has 54 career catches.

Others waived by Dallas are the following: quarterback Alex Tanney, tackles Demetress Bell and Edawn Coughman, defensive backs Micah Pellerin, Xavier Brewer and Jakar Hamilton, linebackers Brandon McGee, Cameron Lawrence, Caleb McSurdy and Taylor Reed, running back Kendial Lawrence, defensive tackle Jerome Long, defensive ends Thaddeus Gibson and Jabari Fletcher, guard Ray Dominguez, wide receivers Tim Benford and Danny Coale, defensive lineman Jason Vega and center Kevin Kowalski

Matt Conrath
News
The Rams ruled the following players inactive for Week 2 against the Buccaneers: Lamarcus Joyner, Trumaine Johnson, Tre Mason, Trey Watts, Barrett Jones, Matt Conrath, and Alex Bayer.
Arthur Moats
News
Free agent outside linebacker Arthur Moats tweeted that he'll re-sign with the Steelers, reports Pro Football Talk. Moats, 26, recorded four sacks, two forced fumbles and 23 tackles while playing in every game last season.

The Steelers announced it's a three-year deal.

Ramon Foster
News
As expected, the Steelers have ruled out cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) for their Sunday game in Jacksonville.

The other players on their injury report submitted Friday are probable. They are wide receivers Martavis Bryant (illness) and Markus Wheaton (groin), linebacker James Harrison (illness), guard Ramon Foster (ankle) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).

Roosevelt Nix
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DeAngelo Williams
News
After playing his first nine seasons with the Panthers, running back DeAngelo Williams signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Steelers this offseason. Among his many thoughts on the signing, he called it an easy decision, according to the Sporting News.

“I didn’t know they wanted me. I had never been on a visit before,” Williams said. “I was with the same organization for nine years. When I got the call and they said, 'hey we want to bring you in for a visit' I took it as that. Had they said we wanted to bring you in for a signing I would have had a different mindset. I had no idea what was going to transpire when I got here.”

Williams added that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get the team to the next level.

“It’s the opportunity to take maybe one or two reps or whatever it takes to make this team better,” Williams said. “That is what I will do. I want to make it to a Super Bowl and win it. I know this team has that potential and they can do it.

“Coming here was an easy decision. This is a Super Bowl contending team. Every veteran out there, veteran or rookie, they want to go to the Super Bowl and win it and get the best opportunity. I think the best opportunity is here in Pittsburgh.”

Williams has rushed for 6,846 yards on 1,432 carries with 46 rushing touchdowns in his career.

Brad Wing
News
The Steelers have re-signed punter Brad Wing to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.

Wing had 61 punts for Pittsburgh in 2014 for 2,668, avergaing 43.7 yards per attempt. He ranked 26th in the league with a 39.5 net yards average on the season.

Kelvin Beachum
News
The Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 showdown with the Bengals: cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm), safety Troy Polamalu (knee), tight end Michael Palmer (groin), quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers and guard Chris Hubbard.

Taylor, Polamalu and Palmer were all listed as questionable to play Sunday but none of the three will be available for the regular-season finale. The three players listed as probable to play in Week 17 are all active, including tackle Kelvin Beachum (back), tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) and linebacker Vince Williams (ankle).

Pittsburgh is a 3 1/2-point favorite at home against Cincinnati.

Ike Taylor
News
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.

B.W. Webb
News
Steelers running back Dri Archer has been deemed inactive for Week 14 against the Bengals. Archer practiced all week and is considered a healthy scratch.

Other inactives for the Steelers are LB James Harrison, QB Landry Jones, WR Justin Brown, CB B.W. Webb, DE Clifton Geathers, and T Marcus Gilbert

Ross Ventrone
News
Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (thumb) and safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring) are active for Monday's game at Tennessee after being listed as probable.
Lawrence Timmons
News
Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons made significant contributions to the win Sunday at Green Bay. He tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, added a sack and TFL, and twice put a lick on Packers quarterback Matt Flynn.
Miles Dieffenbach
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Cody Wallace
News
The Steelers will go into Week 2 with all of their stud offensive players. 

A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Cody Wallace and Markus Wheaton were all cleared to play. While they were all on the injury report, only Wallace was dealing with an injury. The rest missed practice for non-injury reasons. 

On defense, the Steelers will have Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams. Wallace was dealing with an ankle issue, but the rest were listed for non-injury reasons. 

Shaun Suisham
News
Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham made all three of his field-goal attempts in his team's 30-17 loss to the Ravens in Saturday's Wild Card matchup.

Suisham broke a scoreless tie with a 45-yard kick late in the first quarter and added field goals from 22 and 47 yards out to put his team within one point heading into halftime. He didn't get the opportunity to add any points in the second half, as the Steelers went for two on their only touchdown of the half.

Le'Veon Bell
News
Steelers standout running back Le'Veon Bell has yet to hear back about his appeal to a three-game suspension for marijuana, ESPN has reported.

Bell has apologized for getting himself in trouble, stating that pot is not important to him and issuing self-blame.

"It's my own fault," he said Tuesday. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person. It's going to make me a better player."

Bell is hoping that his reputation can eventually match his production, which has been significant. He rushed for 1,361 yards a year ago and caught a whopping 85 passes.

"Everybody has their own opinions about me, but that's fine," he said. "I can't make everybody like me and I can't make everybody hate me. I just have to continue to move forward and continue to be me. I know I'm a great person and a great football player, so I have to continue to be on and off the field."

Shawn Lemon
News
The success of Dolphins star and former Canadian Football League standout Cameron Wake has been an inspiration to  fellow linebacker Shawn Lemon.

The undrafted Wake played two years in the CFL before taking his talents to the NFL. Lemon hopes to follow the same path with the Steelers.

"He has opened a lot of doors for us," Lemon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I watch a lot of film on Cameron Wake and I try to do some of the things that he does and some of the things I do and put it into one. What keeps you motivated every year in the CFL is knowing the NFL is looking for pass rushers."

Pittsburgh signed the former Calgary Stampeder in January to a three-year deal worth $1,582 million after he racked up 13 sacks and a team-record seven forced fumbles a year ago. The 27-year-old Lemon chose the Steelers after visiting 13 other NFL teams because he believed it would give him the best opportunity. The Steelers have since re-signed linebackers Arthur Moats and James Harrison, then drafted linebacker Bud Dupree in the first round. But Lemon remains optimistic.

"If you are a young guy, you are kind of looking at the numbers," he said. "I know that if you go out and produce, that you are going to be on the field. ... Playing over there for three years and being second in the league in sacks, I know what I bring to the table."

Reese Dismukes
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Antwon Blake
News
Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake has agreed to sign his restricted free-agent tender, he announced via Twitter, reports ESPN. The deal is for one year and it's worth $1.542 million.

Blake, 24, has registered 65 total tackles, six passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble in three seasons.

Ross Scheuerman
No Updates
Darrius Heyward-Bey
News
The Steelers announced they re-signed receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract. Heyward-Bey, 28, enters his second season with Pittsburgh after catching three passes for 33 yards last year.

Heyward-Bey's best season came in 2011 with the Raiders, when he caught 64 passes for 975 yards and four touchdowns.

Kevin Whimpey
No Updates
Jason Worilds
News
Free agent linebacker Jason Worilds announced Tuesday he is stepping away from football, according to his agent Jason Bernstein. 

The former Steelers linebacker released a statement Tuesday saying, "I appreciate all of the interest from the organizations that have reached out to us the past few days. With that being said, after much thought and consideration I have chosen to step away from football as I have opted to pursue other interests."

Worilds was rumored to be a target for the Titans and reunite with former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Worilds totaled 144 tackles and 25 1/2-sacks in five seasons with the Steelers.

Jesse James
News
The Steelers signed fifth-round pick Jesse James to a four-year contract, the team announced Thursday.

James, 20, was drafted out of Penn State and is expected to compete for a backup tight end spot. 

Shayon Green
News
The Steelers have signed former University of Miami linebacker Shayon Green, according to Pro Football Talk.

Green played at UM from 2010-13 but went undrafted and did not play in the NFL in 2014.

He recorded 143 tackles and three sacks in college.

Green played both middle linebacker and defensive end at Miami.

The Steelers now have 13 linebackers.

Rob Blanchflower
News
The Steelers signed receivers C.J. Goodwin and Derek Moye, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, defensive backs Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, defensive linemen Josh Mauro and Nick Williams, running back Josh Harris, tight end Rob Blanchflower and linebacker Howard Jones to their practice squad.
Cameron Heyward
News
Being with the Steelers organization for four seasons has rubbed off on defensive end Cameron Heyward

Entering year five, Heyward has made it a point to want to stay with the organization as long as he can, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Tribune

“You know, the Steelers greats, they don't go anywhere else,” Heyward said, “and that's one of my goals — to be a Steeler great. That means being here for the rest of my life. Football included and after.”

Heyward recorded a career-high 7.5 sacks in 2014. 

Robert Golden
News
The Steelers tendered offers to a trio of restricted free agents: cornerback Antwon Blake, safety Robert Golden and fullback/tight end Will Johnson. Pittsburgh can match any offer they receive.

All three appeared in every regular-season game last year, as well as the playoff loss to Baltimore. All received one-year offers at $1.542 million.

Vince Williams
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The Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 showdown with the Bengals: cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm), safety Troy Polamalu (knee), tight end Michael Palmer (groin), quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers and guard Chris Hubbard.

Taylor, Polamalu and Palmer were all listed as questionable to play Sunday but none of the three will be available for the regular-season finale. The three players listed as probable to play in Week 17 are all active, including tackle Kelvin Beachum (back), tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) and linebacker Vince Williams (ankle).

Pittsburgh is a 3 1/2-point favorite at home against Cincinnati.

Michael Palmer
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The Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Saturday's game against the Ravens: quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Lance Moore, cornerback Ike Taylor, running back Le'Veon Bell, defensive end Clifton Geathers, guard Chris Hubbard and tight end Michael Palmer.
Heath Miller
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The following players for the Steelers have been ruled as probable for Saturday's wild-card clash against Baltimore: Offensive tackle Mike Adams (illness), nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related), tight end Michael Palmer (groin), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), cornerback Ike Davis and safety Troy Polamalu (knee). 

Polamalu has missed the previous two games and four of the last seven due to numerous injuries. His teammates scoffed at the idea that the Steelers are better off without the services of Polamalu, after he was a surprise inactive in Week 17. However, Will Allen could cut into Polamalu's playing time on Saturday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Pittsburgh is a 3-point home favorite against Baltimore.

Greg Warren
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The Steelers announced that they resigned long-snapper Greg Warren to a one-year contract. 

Warren joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and has snapped in 149 regular-season games and 10 postseason games for the team. He appeared in every game for the Steelers in 2014.  

Financial terms were not disclosed. 

B.J. Finney
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Bryant Browning
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The Steelers signed offensive lineman Graham Pocic and cornerback Dayonne Nunley. To make room, they waived/injured offensive lineman Bryant Browning and receiver James Shaw.
Brett Keisel
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Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel was released Monday, per the team. 

“We have informed Brett Keisel that we plan to release him today,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “We have had conversations with Brett over the past couple of weeks during which we communicated our intentions to him. Brett has played a major role in our success during his 13 years in Pittsburgh. We appreciate his efforts and we are grateful for what he helped us accomplish, including two Super Bowl Championships. We will always consider him an all-time Pittsburgh Steeler.”

The former seventh-round draft pick spent 13 years with the Steelers. During his time with the team, Keisel's stats included 30 sacks, 36 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions.  

Keisel, a two-time Super Bowl Champion, played in 16 postseason contests. He recorded 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

His accolades include being named to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and winning the Steelers' Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2011.

The 36-year-old saw 2014 cut short due to a triceps injury and he was placed on injured reserve after 12 games. 

William Gay
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The Steelers released their final injury report for Week 16’s game against the Chiefs and safety Troy Polamalu (knee) is listed as doubtful.

Cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) is also listed as doubtful. Tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) is the only player listed as questionable.

The following players are listed as probable: William Gay, Marcus Gilbert, James Harrison, Steve McLendon, Heath Miller, Mike Mitchell, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton.

The Steelers are 3-point favorites.

Josh Harris
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After walking down the hallway with no discernible limp, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell stood by his locker Wednesday and told NFL Network, "I feel great." But when asked if that meant he'd play Saturday against Baltimore, Bell replied: "I'm just going to take it day by day."

The Steelers are operating under the assumption Bell won't be available due to his hyperextended knee, though coach Mike Tomlin said the team will "leave the light on" for him. Bell reportedly could barely walk Monday, so he's showing progress.

Pittsburgh signed free agent running back Ben Tate on Tuesday, adding him to the backfield mix with Josh Harris and rookie Dri Archer.

The Steelers are 3-point home favorites Saturday night.

Cameron Clear
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Senquez Golson
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The Steelers signed second-round draft pick Senquez Golson , per Trib Total Media. Based on the slotting system, Golson's contract should be about $3.7 million for four years, with a $1 million bonus, although the team didn't release financial details. 

With Golson's signing, the Steelers have four of their eight picks under contract. 

Sean Spence
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Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler told linebacker Sean Spence that Spence will start Sunday against the Bucs in place of the injured Ryan Shazier, according to ESPN.

"The tunnel was dark for me for a long time, but I stayed positive and Steelers Nation stayed behind me," said Spence, who shredded his left knee in a 2012 preseason game and dislocated his knee cap while also sustaining nerve damage. "I finally get to get some good quality reps on defense."

Will Allen
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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.

Clifton Geathers
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The Steelers have announced they have re-signed defensive end Clifton Geathers, per Adam Caplan of ESPN on Wednesday. Geathers, 27, played three of his nine games last season with the Steelers. He totaled four tackles in 2014.
Ben Roethlisberger
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Terms of Ben Roethlisberger's new contract extension surfaced on Saturday. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Big Ben's five-year deal is worth $99 million, and can escalate to $108 million. Roethlisberger was set to hit free agency after the 2015 season before both sides reached an agreement this offseason.

Roethlisberger was selected in the first round of the 2004 draft and has been the organization's quarterback since, leading the Steelers to three Super Bowl appearances and two titles.

In his 11-year career, Roethlisberger has thrown for 39,057 yards, 251 yards and 131 interceptions. He is coming off his best season. He threw for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He also had a career-best 103.3 quarterback rating in 2014.

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C.J. Goodwin
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The Steelers signed receivers C.J. Goodwin and Derek Moye, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, defensive backs Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, defensive linemen Josh Mauro and Nick Williams, running back Josh Harris, tight end Rob Blanchflower and linebacker Howard Jones to their practice squad.
Dri Archer
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Steelers speedster Dri Archer got 17 offensive touches as a rookie last season, rushing 10 times for 40 yards and catching seven passes for 23 yards. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley called Archer "a unique talent" and said he wants to get him the ball more often in 2015, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"He is probably the fastest guy on the field wherever we go," Haley said. "At the same time he is in a little bit of a difficult spot because we have a guy in Le’Veon [Bell] who is capable and you really want on the field as much as possible. In a lot of places where you have running backs coming off the field, Le’Veon tends to get stronger as the games goes on. You hate to ever take him off the field. I am a big believer of putting your best 11 guys on the field as many snaps as you can.

"That put Dri in a little big of a difficult spot being a rookie coming from a little smaller school. When you get guys like that, sometimes the transition time is a little longer than we all would like, himself included. I really feel with a year under his belt, even though there wasn’t great production anywhere; a year, plus another offseason and training camp, a full room in an NFL weight room, I think Dri will come back more experienced and still has that outstanding characteristic of speed.

"The important thing is that we do have a role for him if he is going to have a helmet on Sundays and he gets his five and six touches a game. Any one of those plays he has the chance to take it to the house with that speed. Let’s just have a little patience and let him continue to develop and we will definitely have a plan to get him touches throughout the season.”

Jordan Dangerfield
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The Steelers have signed safety Jordan Dangerfield to their practice sqaud, from which they released defensive end Ethan Hemer.

Dangerfield has yet to play in an NFL game.

Will Johnson
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The Steelers and fullback Will Johnson have reportedly agreed to terms, bringing the veteran back for his fourth season with the club, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Johnson, who was a restricted free agent, has played 47 of a possible 48 games in his career, totaling four carries for seven yards and 29 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

Landry Jones
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The Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Saturday's game against the Ravens: quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Lance Moore, cornerback Ike Taylor, running back Le'Veon Bell, defensive end Clifton Geathers, guard Chris Hubbard and tight end Michael Palmer.
Chris Hubbard
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The Steelers announced they re-signed guard Chris Hubbard to a one-year contract. The second-year pro was on the active roster all season, appearing in one game, after spending 2013 on the practice squad.
Maurkice Pouncey
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Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey restructured his contract in a move that saves the team $3.8 million this season, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pouncey, 25, is signed through 2019.

He has started at least 14 games in four of his five years in the league.

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Shamarko Thomas
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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.

Cameron Stingily
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Leterrius Walton
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The Steelers have signed sixth-round defensive lineman Leterrius Walton, per Steelers Depot.

Walton played in 46 games at Central Michigan and racked up 106 tackles with six sacks and two forced fumbles.

Ethan Hemer
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The Steelers have signed safety Jordan Dangerfield to their practice sqaud, from which they released defensive end Ethan Hemer.

Dangerfield has yet to play in an NFL game.

Sammie Coates
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The Steelers have announced that they have signed wide receiver and third-round pick Sammie Coates to his rookie contract.

Coates ranks 10th in Auburn history wih 1,757 receiving yards. He exceeded 100 yards seven times and scored 13 career touchdowns.

Mitchell Van Dyk
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The Rams have issued a series of cuts to reach the mandated roster of limit of 53 for the regular season.

Those on the offensive side of the ball are wide receivers Emory Blake, Austin Franklin and Justin Veltung, linemen Sean Hooey, Mitchell Van Dyk, Travis Bond and Brandon Washington, quarterback Garrett Gilbert and tight end Brad Smelley.

Defenders now gone are linemen Kourtnei Brown, Matt Conrath and Deantre Harlan, defensive backs Christian Bryant, Darren Woodard, Avery Cunningham and Greg Reid and linebackers Aaron Hill, Etienne Sabino, Phillip Seward and Lawrence Wilson.

The Rams also placed wideout Stedman Bailey on the reserved/suspended list.

Devin Gardner
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The Steelers have reportedly claimed former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner off waiver from the Patriots, according to ESPN.

Gardner, who will play wide receiver in the pros, was waived by New England on Monday after signing as an undrafted free agent. Gardner threw for 2,960 yards in his junior year at Michigan with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

Dominique Davis
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Michael Egnew
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The Jaguars have released tight end Michael Egnew from the practice squad, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Egnew started five games with the Dolphins last season. He signed with the Lions and was initially sent to the practice squad. Egnew was released by the club in August. 

Alejandro Villanueva
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The Eagles trimmed their roster to 76 players Saturday, as they announced the waiving of 14 players.

Among those waived are: wide receivers Kadron Boone and B.J. Cunningham; tight ends Emil Igwenagu and Blake Annen; offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins; linebacker Jake Knott; defensive backs Daytawion Lowe and Davon Morgan; defensive linemen Joe Kruger, Frances Mays and Alejandro Villanueva; and kicker Carey Spear.  

The team still has to make one more cut before Tuesday. 

Gerod Holliman
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Jordan Zumwalt
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Steelers lineback Jordan Zumwalt has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Zumwalt registered three solo tackles during the first week of the preseason. He was able to play the final two weeks of the preseason.

Steve McLendon
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The following players for the Steelers have been ruled as probable for Saturday's wild-card clash against Baltimore: Offensive tackle Mike Adams (illness), nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related), tight end Michael Palmer (groin), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), cornerback Ike Davis and safety Troy Polamalu (knee). 

Polamalu has missed the previous two games and four of the last seven due to numerous injuries. His teammates scoffed at the idea that the Steelers are better off without the services of Polamalu, after he was a surprise inactive in Week 17. However, Will Allen could cut into Polamalu's playing time on Saturday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Pittsburgh is a 3-point home favorite against Baltimore.

Dan McCullers-Sanders
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The Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 9 matchup with the Ravens: cornerbacks Ike Taylor (forearm) and B.W. Webb, safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring), quarterback Landry Jones, nose tackle Dan McCullers, guard Christopher Hubbard and wide receiver Justin Brown.

Both Taylor and Ventrone had been ruled out on the team's final injury report of the week, so their absence is not a surprise. All nine players listed as probable to play are active for Sunday's game.

Eli Rogers
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Martavis Bryant
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The Steelers will give second-year pro Martavis Bryant "every opportunity this summer to claim the No. 2 receiver spot" opposite superstar Antonio Brown, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said what Bryant accomplished in the second half of last season was a "big thing."

“We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue to give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,” Haley said.

A fourth-round pick out of Clemson, Bryant was inactive the first six games before catching six touchdowns in the first four games he played. He finished with 26 catches for 549 yards and eight scores, adding five grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown in the playoff loss to Baltimore.

“When young guys come in at the receiver position and contribute early like he did, it is a big thing,” Haley said. “He took a lot of pressure off Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton … he really had a big impact on our offense. He is a guy we are going to work real hard throughout the offseason and, like all young players, he should make progress from year one to year two.”

Wheaton caught 53 passes for 644 yards and two scores while playing every game.

Tajh Boyd
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The Steelers have come to terms on a deal with former Clemson University quarterback Tajh Boyd on Friday, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Boyd was a sixth-round pick by the Jets last year, and was cut in training camp. The 24-year-old spent last year playing in the Fall Experimental Football League before rejoining the NFL.

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