Ryan Shazier placed on IR, Joe Haden back vs Pats?


The Pittsburgh Steelers today officially placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured reserve. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery on December 6th in Pittsburgh. “Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement. “However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well as serve as an inspiration to our team.” Without Shazier for the rest of the season, head coach Mike Tomlin indicated again today it will be a committee of three players trying to replace Shazier, which is quite the undertaking to fill the shoes of a player that talented. Meanwhile, with the Steelers in position to clinch home-field with a win vs the Patriots combined with a loss/tie byRead More »

AFC Playoff Picture Entering Week 15


AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE 1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) 2. New England Pateriots (10-3) 3. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4) 4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-6) 5. Tennessee Titans (8-5) 6. Buffalo Bills (7-6) 7. Baltimore Ravens (7-6) 8. LA Chargers (7-6) 9. Oakland Raiders (6-7) 10. Miami Dolphins (6-7)

Steelers-Ravens: A Championship Trait the Steelers have & Elite Big Ben has Returned


Steelers 39 – Ravens 38 The Pittsburgh Steelers have a number of holes on the defensive side that are not going away with Ryan Shazier done for the year and boy was it a putrid defensive performance in Sunday night’s 39-38 come from behind win, but this group in all three phases week after week has turned special in their ‘will’ to win close games. It’s a trait that championship level teams have to have and the Steelers have it. Securing an eighth straight win to improve to 11-2 on the season, it was the Steelers third straight win by three points or less and the fifth time in six games they won by five points or less. This team just knows how to find ways to win close games and it’s put them in position to control their destiny on having home-field advantage. Last night Pittsburgh looked headed toRead More »

Ryan Shazier has spinal surgery


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent surgery on Wednesday night, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. The Steelers released the following statement: “Last night, UPMC neurosurgeons and Pittsburgh Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon performed spinal stabilization surgery on Ryan Shazier to address his spinal injury”

Juju-Smith Shuster loses appeal


Pittsburgh Steelers WR Juju Smith-Shuster has lost his appeal and will be suspended one game for his hit on linebacker Vontaze Burfict. “You are suspended for the dangerous and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night’s game,” Runyan wrote. “Specifically, with 7:10 remaining, on a passing play to a running back, you lined up a defender and delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside shot to his head and neck area. You then ‘celebrated’ the play by standing over him and taunting him. The contact you made with your opponent placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury and could have been avoided. Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an NFL player.” Bengals safety George lloka won his appeal for his hit on Antonio Brown’s game-tying 4th quarter TD.

Ryan Shazier: ‘Thank You for the prayers’


Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will remain in a Cincinnati hospital through at least Wednesday for further testing on a back injury. He was carted off the field in Monday’s 23-20 win over the Bengals. Thank you for the prayers. Your support is uplifting to me and my family. #SHALIEVE — Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) December 5, 2017 The Steelers had hoped Shazier would be transported to a Pittsburgh hospital on Tuesday but that has been pushed back a day or so. The severity of the injury is unknown until the swelling comes down.

Source: Steelers feel Martavis Bryant quit on plays in 2nd half vs Bengals


Seven games in the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken control of the AFC North after a 29-14 win over the Bengals Sunday evening. The Jacksonville loss seems so long ago the narrative has changed so much in two weeks that Pittsburgh has gone from a drama filled team with an aging quarterback to now primed to be in the thick of things for the No. 1 seed. While the Steelers are still filled with a ton of drama on a week to week basis and that isn’t going to change, for the second consecutive year the Steelers are one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC. ……………And for the second straight week the Steelers have to deal with the headache of Martavis Bryant…….. Once his trade demand after the Ravens game got leaked last Sunday night after the Chiefs win, Bryant was given a gift from his teammates in howRead More »