Steelers-Tuesday: Reactions on Vick, Legursky back & more


STEELERS-TUESDAY PITTSBURGH — Free-agent quarterback Michael Vick talked with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday about their backup quarterback position that opened when veteran Bruce Gradkowski dislocated a finger in his left hand Sunday during the preseason game with the Green Bay Packers. Gradkowski had surgery this week to repair the damage and could miss up to a month. The only other quarterback on the roster is third-year pro Landry Jones, who has been the No. 3 quarterback the past two seasons since the Steelers selected him from Oklahoma in the fourth round during the 2013 NFL Draft. “I don’t really know him, but he’s a great football player,” Ben Roethlisberger said. “(And) it’s undeniable the freakish athlete that he is and quarterback and especially in Atlanta and the things that he did. I know there’s a lot of kids growing up who wanted to be Michael Vick, because he was (an)Read More »

Moving forward without Maurkice Pouncey


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Green Bay Packers 24-19 in their third preseason game Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field, but there was little celebration. All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey will be lost for an extended period after breaking the fibula above his left ankle. Late in the second quarter, just the second offensive series for the Steelers, Pouncey was blocking on a running play to Le’Veon Bell. Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tackled Bell after a five-yard gain and landed on Pouncey’s left ankle. It was no laughing matter. This is the second time in two seasons that Pouncey will have to miss the majority of a season. He was knocked out for the 2013 season after suffering a knee injury during the first series in the regular-season opener. The Steelers had issues at the center spot for several weeks and finished with a second straight 8-8 record. Now,Read More »

Steelers – Thursday: Offense feels they made strides vs Bears and are headed in right direction


STEELERS – THURSDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has scored just four touchdowns in three games, and two are by Antonio Brown. If the Steelers (0-3) are going to beat the Minnesota Vikings (0-3) Sunday in London, they likely will need to get contributions from more players on offense. “We’re going up against another 0-3 team this week in the Minnesota Vikings, and we’re very hungry for a win,” Brown said Thursday. “I felt like we had a spark last week, and I believe we made some great strides in the right direction. “I feel like we did some good things in the running game and some good things in the passing game. And now, it’s time for us to put it all together.”

Le’Veon Bell ready to show teammates he’s worth the hype, says Roethlisberger’s comments were fair


STEELERS – WEDNESDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Second-round pick Le’Veon Bell finally will get a chance to show his coaches, teammates and the Pittsburgh Steelers fans what he can do in a game, as he is expected to be activated for the first time since a right mid-foot sprain in the second preseason game Aug. 19 at Washington. That game actually was Bell’s first game action, because a left knee injury in training camp sidelined him for the preseason opener against the New York Giants Aug. 10 at Heinz Field. Bell practiced on a full-time basis last Thursday and Friday and is confident that he can go at full speed this week. “That’s what last week was for, getting back into the swing of playing football, and now it’s time to see how I do in a game,” Bell said Wednesday. “So, I just have to get in thereRead More »

Post-Game Buzz: Steelers commit 5 turnovers in 40-23 loss to Bears


BEARS 40 – STEELERS 23 By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Some of the names changed, but the story was painfully familiar for the Pittsburgh Steelers during a 40-23 loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday night at Heinz Field. The Steelers offense continued to find ways to falter, even though Felix Jones started at running back and Heath Miller returned to the lineup at tight end. That didn’t help quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who fumbled away the club’s opening possession in the first quarter and threw a pick six in the second. He also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game 1:26 remaining in the game and Pittsburgh turned the ball over five times (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions) in the loss. Chicago scored 23 points off of turnovers. The Steelers actually made a game of it, getting toRead More »

Thursday’s Steelers Buzz: Haley says there’s no rift with Brown & claims offense has to get better on 1st, 2nd down


THURSDAY’S STEELERS BUZZ By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley said there is no rift between he and star wideout Antonio Brown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator added that there was no sideline confrontation between the two, either. It was reported earlier this week that Brown, unhappy with the amount of times passes were thrown in his direction during the first half of the Steelers 20-10 loss to the Bengals, initiated an argument with Haley that remained an issue into the next day. Brown said he wasn’t complaining. He just “went to the person who controls the scheme of the game to see what he could do.” Haley, basically, disputed the report. “There’s no problem whatsoever between he and I,” Haley said. “And I didn’t see anything different in that game interaction-wise between he and I. … I thought it was just about what it always is, and whenRead More »

Steelers – Thursday: Markus Wheaton ready to roll but will his role actually expand?


STEELERS – THURSDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Rookie wideout Markus Wheaton said the Pittsburgh Steelers talk daily about the team’s status and how it can improve from the previous game. The Steelers had a lot to discuss Wednesday afternoon, and veteran safety Ryan Clark — a defensive captain — commented on what transpired. “You leave that meeting, taking the things that you learned and the things that the other leaders on the team have said, and you go out and try to live that way,” Clark said Thursday afternoon before practice. “You try to bring that to the locker room. You try to keep everybody positive. You’ve got to try to keep everything moving forward to just one goal this week. And that goal is to beat the Chicago Bears.” Clark added that the overwhelming sentiment among the players was to concentrate on what the Steelers (0-2) need toRead More »

Wednesday’s Steelers Buzz: On Antonio Brown not happy with role, no huddle offense & more


WEDNESDAY’S STEELERS BUZZ By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll once said of a player that he has problems, and they are many. The same could be said about the current Steelers team. The running game is non-existent, as they await the first regular-season snap to be taken by injured second-round pick Le’Veon Bell (right mid-foot sprain). All-Pro tight end Heath Miller, last year’s leading receiver, has not yet played while coming back from right knee surgery nearly nine months ago. And now, after starting 0-2 for the first time since 2002, the problems have spilled onto the sideline from the field. It was reported Tuesday that wideout Antonio Brown confronted offensive coordinator Todd Haley to complain that not enough pass plays were called for him at Cincinnati. Brown said Wednesday that he wasn’t unhappy about his situation. “Over the course of this business, you’veRead More »