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Behind the Steel Curtain

Can Stephon Tuitt morph into the ultimate Man of Steel?

The Steelers need Stephon Tuitt to rebound after a season riddled with injuries in 2018. As the Steelers get ready to prepare for their first full season without Ryan Shazier, everybody knows the expectations. They will be without the dynamic playmaking ability of No. 50. As the leading tackler prior to his devastating spinal injury, Shazier helped set the tone for his team Many wonder if the defense will elevate to championship form, or whether they’ll take a step back. Stephon Tuitt has been an anchor on the defensive line, and this season he’s feeling the expectations. A year...

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JuJu Smith-Schuster added to the list of Steelers ‘walking wounded’

The Pittsburgh Steelers are working hard in minicamp, but several starters are resting some nagging injuries. It might just be minicamp, but sometimes injuries which happen early in the preseason, or in the offseason, can linger. Fans might remember Mike Mitchell’s groin injury, suffered in the early stages of training camp his first year with the Steelers, lasted the entire season and eventually needed surgically repaired. The same story could be told regarding Bud Dupree’s groin, which required sports hernia surgery after it never improved during training camp, nor with adequate...

Still Curtain

Eli Rogers back at Pittsburgh Steelers complex, eyeing return

Eli Rogers has returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers in hopes of landing a new contract and rejoining his team before training camp. After suffering a torn ACL in the playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, Rogers didn’t receive a contract offer from Pittsburgh in the spring. As he rehabbed his injury, Mike Tomlin […] Eli Rogers back at Pittsburgh Steelers complex, eyeing return - Still Curtain - Still Curtain - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster dealing with ‘frustrating’ knee injury

JuJu Smith-Schuster enjoyed a breakout season last year and the expectations are even higher this year, especially with Martavius Bryant gone. He isn’t 100 percent yet due to a knee injury that no one will really elaborate on, but it’s really frustrating Smith-Schuster, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “Just something that’s been bothering me over time,” […] The post Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster dealing with ‘frustrating’ knee injury appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Will Justin Hunter finally become more than just an outstanding practice player?

Can the journeyman wide receiver finally show up on game days? When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Justin Hunter as a free agent prior to the 2017 season, not many fans gave it much credence. After all, the journeyman receiver had yet to show anything of substance at the NFL level, and he had the look of nothing more than an insurance policy if someone were to go down with an injury. Then came the team’s training camp, and the Ben Roethlisberger to Justin Hunter connection was all anyone was talking about. While Martavis Bryant awaited word from the NFL when he would be reinstated,...

Cincy Jungle

What if Carson Palmer never suffered his knee injury vs the Steelers?

Almost a decade and a half later, Bengals fans are still looking for answers as to why the team’s franchise quarterback suffered a horrific injury in one of the biggest games. “The hit heard ‘round the world”. Well, I suppose that’s how some may refer to what transpired on January 8th, 2006. On the Cincinnati Bengals’ second offensive play from scrimmage in the Wild Card contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive tackle Kimo Von Oelhoffen tumbled into Carson Palmer’s left knee after completing a 66-yard pass to Chris Henry. He tore two ligaments and had his kneecap...

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In case you didn’t know, Mike Hilton is becoming one of the better slot CBs in the game

The Pittsburgh Steelers found a diamond in the rough with Mike Hilton. The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of those teams who has to frustrate the heck out their rivals. It just seems like the organization has a knack for finding talented players and simply turning the page. The perfect example of this is when the team drafted Senquez Golson in the second round. The hope was they had found their slot cornerback for years to come, but what they received was an injury prone player who never stepped foot in an actual NFL stadium for even a preseason game. As opponents smirked and likely did a...

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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offseason heading into minicamp

The Pittsburgh Steelers are wrapping up OTAs, and it’s time to put a grade on their offseason so far. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offseason has been unique, to say the least. For once, the team hasn’t had to deal with any suspensions or major injury news (I just knocked on wood for those superstitious readers out there). But it doesn’t mean there haven’t been speed bumps along the way. The Le’Veon Bell saga continues, Ben Roethlisberer’s comments on Mason Rudolph ruffled feathers and, of course, Organized Team Activities (OTAs) attendance is always at the top of the headlines,...

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Steelers LB Ryan Shazier says his dream is to ‘come back and play football’

Since suffering a major back injury last season that required spinal stabilization surgery, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been on the mend with his rehab. He has been steadily working his way back from the ailment with progressive progress being made in the last several months. There hasn’t been a timetable placed on when […] The post Steelers LB Ryan Shazier says his dream is to ‘come back and play football’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ryan Shazier embracing role as unofficial coach during Steelers OTAs

Wednesday, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier re-affirmed that he’s committed to returning to the game of football after suffering a spinal cord injury Dec. 4.

DK Pittsburgh Sports

Shazier talks of goals, hopes and recovery in first press conference since injury

Ryan Shazier addressed the Pittsburgh media for the first time since Dec. 4 of last year. What's happened in between now and then has been nothing short of miraculous for the Steelers linebacker. The post Shazier talks of goals, hopes and recovery in first press conference since injury appeared first on DKPittsburghSports.com.

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If able, Ryan Shazier wouldn’t be scared of playing football again

Ryan Shazier addressed media to talk about his rehabilitation, progress and dreams of still playing football. When Ryan Shazier was injured against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football on December 4th, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and their fan base, didn’t know what to think. As they watched their budding star linebacker carted off the field with no movement in his lower body, everyone wasn’t sure what to expect. After the spine stabilization surgery, his first public comments and eventually walking across the stage at the 2018 NFL Draft, Shazier was very outspoken regarding his...

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Report: Steelers bring in a pair of free agents after injuries at OT and TE positions

The Pittsburgh Steelers had some injuries at both offensive tackle and tight end, so they went out and brought in some new faces. Last week during Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered some injuries along their offensive front. The team lost both offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins and tight end Jake McGee for the season with a torn quadriceps (Hawkins) and Achilles Tendon tear (McGee). While McGee might have been a long shot to make the roster, Hawkins was considered to push for the top backup tackle spot on the team’s offensive line. A spot held by Chris Hubbard...

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Report: Jerald Hawkins undergoes surgery, set to head to Injured Reserve

The Steelers begin their search to find their backup swing tackle. Organized Team Activities (OTAs) have been rough on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only have participating players had to answer questions about the absence of absent players like Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but there have been injuries. Last week, the team saw two players leave practice for different reasons. Jale McGee left with a torn Achilles tendon and Jerald Hawkins left with a torn quadriceps. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the team is planning to place Hawkins on injured...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Keion Adams looks to recapture his form after shoulder injury ended his rookie season

The Steelers’ biggest draft surprise undoubtedly was the decision not to select an inside linebacker with any of their seven picks. Coming in a close second, given the position’s lack of depth, was the decision not to draft an outside linebacker, either.

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Cameron Sutton, the Steelers’ defense new Swiss Army knife

The versatility Cam Sutton possesses will make it difficult for him to not be on the football field. The Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL Draft class was one filled with injuries. Keion Adams was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, James Conner missed a large portion of training camp only to have his season end with an MCL injury, and of course Cameron Sutton was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury only to return later in the season. Sutton’s brief stint on the playing field, combined with the dismissal of William Gay after the season, has the team with high hopes...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers would love to avoid Team Turmoil Part II

Le’Veon Bell is staying home again, and Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown have joined him. The Steelers lost two players for the season to injury this week, one their No. 3 tackle.

Still Curtain

Pittsburgh Steelers face number of injuries in Day 5 of OTAs

Day 5 of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) was not a successful one for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as a number of players left with injuries. It happens to every team in the league. At some point, players go down during the summer and for an extended period of time, they can’t get back up. Some injuries […] Pittsburgh Steelers face number of injuries in Day 5 of OTAs - Still Curtain - Still Curtain - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Steelers OTAs Recap Day 5: The hits keep coming after an injury-filled workout

The Pittsburgh Steelers likely lost two players for the year in a voluntary workout. Wednesday it was reported the Pittsburgh Steelers may have lost tackle Jerald Hawkins for the season after he left practice with an apparent knee injury. After further evaluation, sources tell ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler Hawkins didn’t injure his knee, but tore his quadriceps muscle in his leg. Steelers OT Jerald Hawkins suffered a torn quad in Wednesday’s team workout, per source. Backup left tackle is an Injured Reserve candidate. Was a big offseason for him.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 30,...

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Steelers fear TE Jake McGee suffered torn Achilles

We’re still a few months out from the beginning of the 2018 NFL season, but with OTAs underway, there have already been a number of serious injuries. The latest comes to Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jake McGee. According to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, McGee suffered what the team fears is a torn Achilles, ending […] The post Steelers fear TE Jake McGee suffered torn Achilles appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Steelers’ Adams learned important lessons in 2017

Despite missing his rookie season because of injury, Keion Adams is being counted on to take a step forward in 2018. The post Steelers’ Adams learned important lessons in 2017 appeared first on DKPittsburghSports.com.

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Jerald Hawkins leaves Steelers OTAs with apparent knee injury

According to the reports from OTAs, it didn’t look good for the third year tackle out of LSU. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Chris Hubbard, their flex tackle and utility offensive lineman, last year via free agency to the Cleveland Browns. The hope was third year tackle Jerald Hawkins, out of LSU, would fill in for Hubbard as the Swiss Army Knife of the offensive front. While this still may happen, news coming out of Steelers Organized Team Activities (OTAs) is Hawkins left practice with an apparent knee injury. Multiple players confirm that Steelers OT Jerald Hawkins was injured during...

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Steelers news: Ryan Shazier mentoring teammates at OTAs

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier may be walking again, but he isn’t going to be playing football anytime soon. His father, Vernon, says he’s still “submerged” in rehab as he works his way back from his serious spinal cord injury. However, that doesn’t mean the two-time Pro Bowler can’t help the Steelers. According to Jeremy […] The post Steelers news: Ryan Shazier mentoring teammates at OTAs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jerald Hawkins, likely replacement for Chris Hubbard, suffers knee injury

Steelers tackle Jerald Hawkins suffered a left knee injury during practice Wednesday morning and had to be helped to the locker room by team training staff. The severity of the injury is not immediately known, but his teammates let on that it could be a major injury.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Eli Rogers injured, Steelers WR Marcus Tucker has unexpected chance

Veteran free agent receiver Eli Rogers showed up at Steelers practice last week. Still rehabbing an ACL injury and still unsigned, Rogers stopped by to see his old teammates at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side.

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Vance McDonald predicts a “breakout season” for the Steelers in 2018

The trade acquisition looks to turn heads in his first full season in black-and-gold. The lead-up to the 2017 regular season was fun for Pittsburgh Steelers fans. For once, their favorite team didn’t just sit back and watch other teams make moves, they were the team movin’ and shakin’. The team was able to add Joe Haden after he was released by the Cleveland Browns, but they also added Vance McDonald via trade with the San Francisco 49ers. But to say McDonald had a rough season would be an understatement. After being riddled with ankle and shoulder injuries, McDonald was able to...

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Steelers Podcast: ‘Black and Gold NFL Recap’ talks OTAs, injuries and more

Take a listen to the latest podcast for all the best NFL news around the league heading into training camp! Welcome to another episode of the Black and Gold NFL Recap. Check out the latest show where our hosts break down all things NFL after the 2018 NFL Draft, and leading into training camp. Check out a quick rundown of the show: NFL News: Hunter Henry ACL tear Packers sign Mercedes Lewis Reuben Foster returns to the 49ers Joe Flacco comments on Lamar Jackson Mychal Kendricks cut by the Eagles Steelers News: Antonio Brown’s comments on Le’Veon Bell’s contract situation JuJu...

The Phinsider

Dolphins sign Mike Matthews

The Miami Dolphins announced Friday the signing of free agent center Mike Matthews. The son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, brother of Atlanta Falcons 2014 sixth-overall pick Jake Matthews, and cousin of six-time Pro Bowl Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, Mike entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016, but has yet to make an active roster. Mike has previously spent time with the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He missed all of 2017 with a torn patellar tendon, an injury sustained with the Steelers in training camp. The Dolphins currently...

Ravens vs. Steelers "An Emotional Return to Pittsburgh" (Week 14) | NFL Films Presents

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers Week 14 Sunday Night game came a week after Steelers' linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a devastating injury.

Shane Vereen nears New York Giants return

New York Giants players and coaches react to running back Shane Vereen returning to practice for the first time since his injury, as they prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers.