James Conner out vs Oakland

 

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has an ankle injury that is more serious than first believed. After initially being called a contusion, Conner has an ankle sprain and is officially out vs Oakland. “It’s an ankle sprain, much more than a contusion,” said head coach Mike Tomlin. Conner who has starred this season in place of Le’Veon Bell, is 91 yards away from a 1,000 yard rushing season. The team is bracing for Conner to miss a

Steelers meltdown in 2nd half, suffer crushing loss

 

Chargers 33 – Steelers 30 (F) Most crushing loss (regular season) of the Mike Tomlin era? The San Diego Chargers rallied from a 23-7 deficit by taking complete control of the game in the second half and crushing the Steelers hearts with a final second field goal on a third try. It wasn’t just that the Steelers lost at home for the first time in franchise history when leading by 14 pts, it was in the fashion they did. Even with a helping hand from the refs and two major missed opportunities from Ben Roethlisberger, an woeful interception on a pass intended for Vance McDonald with the Steelers drive and Roethlisberger overthrowing Justin Hunter in the end zone with a defender not 10 yards from him, 23-7 at the half still felt like we were in for a repeat of Steelers-Panthers where the Steelers were going to easily have aRead More »

Rumors: Steelers were prepared to accept 2019 4th round pick for Bell from NFC team

 

Pittsburgh’s 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon was the James Conner show. Conner gashed the Browns for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, while totaling 212 yards from scrimmage in the victory. Similar to the Cincinnati game, the Steelers dominated in the trenches as Conner flat out wore down the Browns over the 3rd and 4th quarters. Sports can always act as a great healer. For a city that was and will be mourning Saturday’s tragedy for quite a long time, Sunday’s performance was special in that it was Conner who played such a big part in the Steelers victory. Conner was Bettis like in bruising his way in-between the tackles and racking up yards after contact. As “Conner, Conner, Conner” chants rang through Heinz Field on Sunday and have even extended to Ben Roethlisberger’s home as the QB noted on his weekly radio show (937Read More »

Kings of the North? Steelers developing an identity, back in conversation

 

What We Learned: Steelers – Bengals AFC NORTH STANDINGS 1. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) 2. Baltimore Ravens (4-2) 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1) 4. Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) What a way for the Steelers to go into their bye week. Antonio Brown’s 31 yard touchdown catch with 10 seconds left delivered a 28-21 come from behind win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati was oh so close from going to 5-1 while the Steelers were on the cusp of falling to 2-3-1 after six games. What we learned from the Steelers in this win is the team starting to develop an identity in winning from the trenches. James Conner was balling again with 111 yards and 2 touchdowns, while the Steelers offensive line starred in the running game and protecting Big Ben who was not sacked. Randy Fichtner showed a lot of rookie mistakes in the early goings but he’s starting to find theRead More »

Steelers – Bucs What We Learned: Backyard Ben at his Best

 

What We Learned: Backyard Ben is here to stay PIT GAME LEADERS QB Ben Roethlisberger | 30/38, 353 YDS, 3 TD/ 1INT | WR Juju Smith-Schuster | 9 REC – 116 YDS TE Vance McDonald | 4 REC – 112 YDS – 1 TD 1. Pittsburgh’s 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will help slow down all the Steelers demise talk for a week and maybe the Steelers will go drama free for a day here. The Steelers week 3 performance, though, brought more of the same then significant glimpses of optimism. They are what they are. An offense that has great stretches of brilliance and some lulls at inopportune times. A defense that even when getting four turnovers, still gets torched for 411 yards against the pass and can’t stop anybody. An undisciplined team with 13 penalties for 155 yards. Yet, the Steelers are going to be inRead More »

Antonio Brown gave a glimpse of how he’ll handle Smith-Schuster becoming Roethlisberger’s top target

 

How would Antonio Brown handle if Juju Smith-Shuster became Ben Roethlisberger’s top target this season and out-produced Brown? Two weeks into the season, we got our answer and it won’t go over well. Despite being targeted 17 times and having 9 catches for 67 yards, Brown was visibly unhappy from the second quarter on in the Steelers 42-37 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. Brown went on a tirade early in the fourth quarter on the sidelines as his frustrations were vented towards offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner as Brown got into Fichtner’s face. Later in the 4th quarter when Ben Roethlisberger scored a rushing touchdown to cut the Chiefs lead to 5, Brown was seen sulking in walking off the field after failing to celebrate with his teammates. Brown opted not to speak to reporters after the game and left with his agent. Just AB being AB? Pretty much.Read More »

Week 2: Steelers – Chiefs What We Learned

 

Steelers – Chiefs: What We Learned The Pittsburgh Steelers got a quick introduction Sunday afternoon that this wasn’t Tyrod Taylor and the dink and dunk Cleveland Browns offense they were up against like in week 1. Led by a rising star in Pat Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs were a machine on offense from the get-go and the Steelers defense was as hapless as it can get. Starting with coaching, the Steelers didn’t have a chance in a 42-37 loss to the Chiefs. They were unprepared for defending the Chiefs elite passing attacking and surprise, surprise, admitted communication issues put the Steelers in a 21-0 hole. The Steelers offense willed this group back in the game with a 37 point performance, highlighted by a vintage Ben Roethlisberger outing, 452 yards and 4 touchdowns, but let’s not absolve that group from blame either. Similar to the Jacksonville playoff loss, it playedRead More »

DeCastro, Haden out vs Chiefs; Washington to dress as #3 WR

 

Latest on Big Ben & More Injury Buzz Guard David DeCastro (hand fracture) and cornerback Joe Haden (hamstring) are among the Steelers inactives and officially out for Sunday’s tilt with the Kansas City Chiefs. B.J. Finney will start at guard and we’ll see a heavy dose of Cam Sutton at cornerback in place of Haden. Another notable inactive is Justin Hunter who played 51 of 84 snaps vs the Browns. 2nd Round pick James Washington saw an uptick in practice reps throughout the week and will dress as the No. 3 receiver. Ben Roethlisberger will wear a sleeve on his injured elbow and looked strong throwing the ball in warmups. The offense will have more playmakers in the rotation with Vance McDonald also back in the lineup.

Latest Buzz: Steelers feel Bell plans to report after the Week 4 Baltimore game?

 

The Steelers on Tuesday completely removed Le’Veon Bell from their official depth chart. Bell as expected is absent again Wednesday morning as the Steelers reported today for their 9:00 a.m. meetings. It will be a heavy dose of James Conner again in Sunday’s week 2 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. “We’re preparing to play this week with the guys that are here and working — James being central to that,” Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday. “I will not withhold information from you guys. If and when any of that changes, I’ll let you know. If it does not, my answer will remain the same.” As for Bell, he remains in Miami partying at nightclubs as the football world awaits his next move. The last chatter inside Steelers headquarters is that the best guess in the organization from top decision makers is Bell reports after the week 4 Baltimore game,Read More »

Takeaways: Tomlin on the “awesome guy” Tyreek Hill, AB threatening a reporter, James Washington & More

 

Key Takeaways from Tuesday Tomlin — Tomlin raved and raved about Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill and understandably so. “He’s just a talented player, one that has to be minimized because every time the ball snaps he’s capable of running through the end zone,” Tomlin said. “That’s reflective of not only his speed but his talent, and I think vision is an element of that. He’s a great open-grass football player.” With a quarterback now in Patrick Maholmes who can make any throw and gets the ball out so much quicker, Hill becomes that much more dangerous to defend. Where Tomlin dropped the ball, though, when discussing Hill was calling him an “awesome guy” after being around Hill for a week at the pro bowl. Guess Hill beating a woman must have slipped Tomlin’s mind. — Tomlin dropped the ball too on Tuesday when asked by Jacob Klinger of Penn LiveRead More »