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Lavon Hooks reportedly out for the 2019 season with a torn Achilles

Lavon Hooks reportedly out for the 2019 season with a torn Achilles

Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Hooks suffered an Achilles injury in Wednesday’s practice. A story which broke late Wednesday night, Steelers defensive tackle Lavon Hooks reportedly suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Wednesday’s practice. The story was first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. #Steelers DL Lavon Hooks suffered an Achilles injury in practice and is out for the season, source said. Tough deal for a guy who’s worked so hard to get his shot.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 22, 2019 The...
Podcast: Should the Steelers have Joe Haden’s extension as a priority?

Podcast: Should the Steelers have Joe Haden’s extension as a priority?

The Steelers reportedly are working on a new contract for Joe Haden, and no one else. Is this the right move for the organization? The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interested in giving Joe Haden a new contract, and no one else. Is this the right approach when looking at future free agents, the salary cap and more? This is a tough question, and one where they can be multiple responses/answers to. This is going to be the talking point in the latest podcast. Plenty has to be deciphered here, and I lay it all out there for the listeners in the latest show... Check out the show below, and...
Behind the Steel Curtain 17 hours ago
Rod Woodson critical of both Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin regarding the 2019 Steelers

Rod Woodson critical of both Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin regarding the 2019 Steelers

Photo by Jerome Davis/Icon SMI/Corbis via The former Steelers CB dives into how both Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger can be better in helping the 2019 team succeed. The problem with players who turn into media members after their retirement, fans expect them to remain loyal to the franchise they used to call their employer. When a former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers criticizes the Steelers, fans scream treason and become agitated with their behavior. Some former players, like Jerome Bettis, toe that line with grace, while others, like Ryan Clark, have no problem calling out the...
Behind the Steel Curtain 21 hours ago
Has Artie Burns shaken his 2019 woes, or is he better suited for preseason football?

Has Artie Burns shaken his 2019 woes, or is he better suited for preseason football?

Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via After a solid performance against the Chiefs, Steelers’s fans are still cautious to put their faith in Burns. Artie Burns saw his first action of the 2019 season on Saturday night. Written off by many, Burns has been speculated by many in Steelers’ Nation as a player who could be traded or even released before the start of the season. The reports from training camp were positive with many in attendance giving Burns praise for his work during practice. After a lackluster performance from rookie Justin Layne the previous week when Burns was...
Behind the Steel Curtain 22 hours ago
Report: Steelers looking to extend Joe Haden, no one else prior to 2019 regular season

Report: Steelers looking to extend Joe Haden, no one else prior to 2019 regular season

Photo by Joe Sargent/ The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to get a new deal done for Joe Haden, and it seems that is their only objective heading into the 2019 season. It has been common knowledge the past month the Pittsburgh Steelers want to keep Joe Haden in Pittsburgh for the next few seasons. Both sides have stated they are in talks on a new contract, but nothing has come to fruition yet. Many are suggesting the Steelers should also look to extend some other players whose contracts will be expiring after the 2019 season. Mainly Javon Hargrave, Sean Davis and Bud Dupree. While this...
Reviewing the NFL rules regarding Practice Squad eligibility

Reviewing the NFL rules regarding Practice Squad eligibility

Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Eligibility, salary, and promotion to the 53 man roster are all governed by the NFL CBA. Back in June, Behind The Steel Curtain published an article answering questions pertaining to the practice squad. As discussions about the Steelers projected 53-man roster increase as the preseason progresses, so do speculations as to who will make the 11-man practice squad, For reference sake, here are the rules for practice quad eligibility. NFL practice squads consist of up to 10 players unless the team has an international exemption (which the Steelers...
The Steelers’ defense was the most encouraging part of the preseason win over the Chiefs

The Steelers’ defense was the most encouraging part of the preseason win over the Chiefs

Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports The Steelers defense has been a question mark for quite some time. It will continue to be a question mark in the immediate future. However, that doesn’t mean its dominant performance in a 17-7 preseason victory against the Chiefs on Saturday night wasn’t a sign of great things to come. Yes, it was a sloppy affair, the Steelers 17-7 victory over the Chiefs at Heinz Field in the second preseason game of the summer on Saturday night. And, yes, it was only preseason, but, unlike a week earlier, more starters played, especially on defense. Devin Bush,...
Steelers debut ‘DD’ sticker on their helmets vs. the Chiefs in honor of the late Darryl Drake

Steelers debut ‘DD’ sticker on their helmets vs. the Chiefs in honor of the late Darryl Drake

The Pittsburgh Steelers honored Darryl Drake Saturday night with a helmet decal. This week was one to forget for the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. One week ago the team found out the news that wide receivers coach Darryl Drake had died overnight at Saint Vincent College, but the week that followed was anything but routine. The team altered their practice plans, and the weather wreaked havoc on the final week of training camp in Latrobe, PA. Nonetheless, the Steelers still took the field Saturday, albeit delayed by an hour, to play host to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 of the NFL...
6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin in Saturday’s post game press conference

6 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin in Saturday’s post game press conference

Photo by Justin Berl/ Coach Tomlin addressed the media and answered questions following the Steelers win over the Chiefs In his press conference following their Week 2 preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media and briefly answered questions. Coach Tomlin was asked about specific players in regards to their in-stadium play, or lack thereof, on Saturday night. This list isn’t to suggest these players were the only ones who stood out, but highlights players about whom Tomlin was asked questions. Zach Gentry Vance McDonald also in uniform,...
Steelers defeat Chiefs 17-7 in sloppy preseason game

Steelers defeat Chiefs 17-7 in sloppy preseason game

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason. See how it went down! The Pittsburgh Steelers were slated to play the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Due to thunderstorms in the Pittsburgh area, kickoff was moved back an entire hour before these two AFC powerhouses finally got the game underway. The Steelers elected to receive the football to start the game, and Mason Rudolph was first under center for the black-and-gold with the first team minus players like Ben...
FanPulse: Steelers fan confidence soars heading into the 2019 season

FanPulse: Steelers fan confidence soars heading into the 2019 season

Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports We take a look at the pulse of Steelers Nation to see how confident they are heading into the season. To suggest the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base was at a low at the end of the 2018 season is an understatement. Missing the playoffs, watching the Baltimore Ravens winning the AFC North, and witnessing the spontaneous combustion of Antonio Brown taking place after he was benched during Week 17. Yeah, it was bad, and fans’ confidence was low at the end of the season. However, a stellar offseason with the additions of Steven Nelson, Mark Barron, Donte...
Mason Rudolph to start, more Steelers starters to play in Preseason Week 2 vs. the Chiefs

Mason Rudolph to start, more Steelers starters to play in Preseason Week 2 vs. the Chiefs

Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason, and the team should look markedly different than Week 1. There is a big difference between Week 1 and Week 2 of the NFL Preseason. Week 1 is more of a backup riddled game, but Week 2 is when the starters usually start to get sprinkled in and get more game action leading up to the regular season. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 2 will mean more starters to see the field when the Kansas City Chiefs come to Heinz Field Saturday night. This per...
5 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin after practice on Wednesday

5 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin after practice on Wednesday

Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Coach Tomlin answered questions after the final padded practice in Latrobe for 2019. At the end of the final practice in pads for the Steelers’ 2019 training camp on Wednesday, head coach Mike Tomlin briefly addressed the media. Afterwards, Coach Tomlin was asked questions about specific players in regards to their recent play. This list isn’t to suggest these players were the only ones who stood out, but highlights players about whom Tomlin was asked questions. B.J. Finney BJ Finney leaves practice. He was in front seat of cart sitting...
Podcast: 5 Steelers to watch in Preseason Week 2 vs. the Chiefs

Podcast: 5 Steelers to watch in Preseason Week 2 vs. the Chiefs

In the latest episode of “Steelers 1-on-1” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-Gold from the week that was. The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is finally here, and news is heating up. With a surge of Steelers news, it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold. Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC podcast Steelers 1-on-1. On this show Jeff Hartman and special co-host Chris Carter of DKPittsburghSports break down all things Steelers. Check out the rundown of the show: Top storylines as the...
Mike Tomlin provides clarity to Joe Haden injury, as well as other banged up Steelers

Mike Tomlin provides clarity to Joe Haden injury, as well as other banged up Steelers

Photo by Joe Sargent/ The Pittsburgh Steelers have some banged up players heading into Week 2 of the preseason. Time to recap those walking wounded. Leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 1 preseason game on Friday night, the hot news item was the weird and mysterious injury to cornerback Joe Haden. Wedensday’s practice saw team reporter Missi Matthews report Haden was carted off the practice field. What happened was Haden walked off the field and was taken in a cart up the hill to the dorms for further examination. Later that day the Steelers stated they wouldn’t address...
Mike Tomlin not concerned about longevity with the Steelers, solely focused on 2019

Mike Tomlin not concerned about longevity with the Steelers, solely focused on 2019

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach understands what people are saying about his contract, but he doesn’t care about the future...just 2019. Mike Tomlin has been the Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach since 2007. 12 years in Pittsburgh, and if you are reading this article, and have followed the team closely for his entire tenure with the team, you know Tomlin has a way with words. He is a wordsmith if I’ve ever seen one. When talking with others about Tomlin’s press conferences, I jokingly say Tomlin says everything, while saying nothing. If he is...
Podcast: After one preseason game, should Steeler Nation feel better about the QB depth?

Podcast: After one preseason game, should Steeler Nation feel better about the QB depth?

Join Bryan and Tony for the fallout after the Steelers 30-28 exhibition victory over Tampa in the latest episode of the ‘Steelers Hangover’. Join Bryan Davis, and Anthony Defeo from BTSC as they share their thoughts on the overall landscape of the Steelers backup-quarterback situation, the receiving corps, the rookies, the long shots and the defense after the preseason opener against Tampa. It’s the extravaganza known as “Steelers Hangover”. In case you are new to the show, you can check out a complete rundown of the show below: The week that was for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Who...
PFF hands out the top grades for the Steelers first preseason game

PFF hands out the top grades for the Steelers first preseason game

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports PFF gives out the top grades for the black-and-gold after their 30-28 win over the Buccaneers on Friday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious in Week 1 of the NFL Preseason when they beat the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-28 at Heinz Field Friday night. There were players who showed out during the contest, and Pro Football Focus (PFF), as always, takes a look at the film and gave out their unique numerical grades for what went right, and what went wrong, during any specific contest. For preseason, PFF diagnosed the top performers at each main...
BTSC Contest Winner: A first time trip to Heinz Field, Part 2

BTSC Contest Winner: A first time trip to Heinz Field, Part 2

Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The winner of two game tickets form the BTSC giveaway used the opportunity to make the long journey to Pittsburgh (Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a two-part series chronically the winner of the BTSC contest to give away two free tickets to the Steelers Preseason Week 1 game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you missed Part 1, click HERE.) As I was waiting for the Gateway Clipper to embark past the confluence to deliver us to Heinz Field, I received a message from Derek Chadwick, the Behind The Steel Curtain contest winner of two seats...
Steelers alter practice schedule leading up to Week 2 Chiefs game after passing of Darryl Drake

Steelers alter practice schedule leading up to Week 2 Chiefs game after passing of Darryl Drake

Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via For fans wanting to get a glimpse of the Steelers at Training Camp, make note of the following practice changes. The Pittsburgh Steelers organization is reeling after the stunning news of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake’s passing Sunday morning. In what should have been a practice day for the black-and-gold, the team cancelled practice and Saint Vincent College campus to allow for players and coaches to deal with the loss of a beloved coach. In the hours after, the team decided to make another change to the weekly practice schedule, which...

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