Latest on Le’Veon Bell


STEELERS – THURSDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — For a guy who has said that he never was injured before, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has handled two injuries in the past two weeks pretty well. Maybe it’s the good news that Bell received. The mid-foot sprain he suffered early against the Washington Redskins Monday night will not need surgery, and there’s still an outside shot that he could play when the Steelers open the regular season against the Tennessee Titans Sept. 8 at Heinz Field. “He won’t be participating this week, but we are optimistic and encouraged with how it has developed over the last 48-72 hours,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said during a Thursday press conference. “He’s doing some things without discomfort, some rehabilitation-like exercises.” Tomlin added that he did not have a long-range schedule and actually did not ask the team doctors about anything in thatRead More »

Steelers – Wednesday: Dwyer back in the mix to win starting running back job


STEELERS – WEDNESDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Le’Veon Bell in the second round during the 2013 NFL Draft, they envisioned him carrying the load and significantly improving their 26th-ranked running game this season. After two preseason games and basically three weeks in training camp, Bell has accomplished neither due to a left knee injury that kept him out of the opening game and a right mid-foot injury that limited him to four carries for nine yards in the second matchup Monday night at Washington. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that Bell already has been ruled out of the third preseason game with Kansas City Saturday night at Heinz Field, but he refused to comment on the running back’s future status. “ I’ll address the injuries in greater detail (Thursday) at the (pre-Kansas City) press conference,” Tomlin said after Wednesday afternoon’s late practice.Read More »

Where Steelers depth chart stands going into tonight’s game vs Redskins


Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers released their second depth chart prior to the second preseason game Monday night at Washington, and there were several alterations and a few outright changes to it. On offense, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be backed up by Bruce Gradkowski, which is no surprise, while draft pick Landry Jones and fourth-year player John Parker Wilson are battling for the No. 3 role. The starting O-line remained intact, so it appears that Mike Adams will be at left tackle and Marcus Gilbert on the right. With Isaac Redman and rookie Le’Veon Bell listed as co-starters at running back, whomever is healthy and gets hot likely will get the most carries. Starting a game isn’t that significant. It was most telling that LaRod Stephens-Howling has gotten more reps ahead of Jonathan Dwyer, though completely understandable, while Baron Batch and Dwyer trail the pack in carries.Read More »

Friday’s Camp Buzz: Roethlisberger showing more zip and arm strength on down field balls


FRIDAY’S CAMP BUZZ By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — In order to increase his strength and endurance, as well as improve his chances to avoid any nagging injuries and arm soreness, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said this spring that he drastically altered his offseason workout regimen. As the Steelers three-week training camp nears its end at Saint Vincent College, Roethlisberger declared the results a resounding success. “My arm feels a lot stronger,” Roethlisberger said Friday morning before the regular practice. “It feels good, and I can get the ball down the field with better zip. Even the coaches and the receivers have said the same thing. To me, that’s what was most important, to make sure that my arm stayed strong. It got strong, and it has stayed strong (during training camp). “Obviously, with the injury last year to my shoulder and chest area, I wanted to (increase) myRead More »

Thursday’s Camp Buzz: Injury bug hitting Bell; Victorian continues strong camp


THURSDAY’S CAMP BUZZ By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — The injury bug stung the Pittsburgh Steelers backfield during Thursday afternoon’s practice, as co-starting running backs Isaac Redman and Le’Veon Bell were struck in separate incidents. Redman walked off the field on his own and appeared to be all right, which he confirmed after practice, but he was drilled by linebacker Larry Foote in the opening team drill and held out the rest of practice. Bell was down a little longer and appeared to re-injury his left knee, which was bruised last week and kept him out of the first preseason game. “I’m good,” Redman said after practice. “It’s just a little stinger. Everything’s good. It was just a little precaution (that) they sat me out of the rest of practice. So, I’m doing good.” There are just two more training camp practices at Saint Vincent College before the Steelers breakRead More »

Wednesday’s Camp Buzz: Second year player Robert Golden showing steady improvement as top safety off the bench


WEDNESDAY’S CAMP BUZZ By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — While a good deal of attention has been heaped on rookie fourth-round pick Shamarko Thomas during the opening weeks of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp, second-year player Robert Golden has been the first safety off the bench when one is needed. It’s not that Thomas hasn’t lived up to his reputation, because he has displayed the hitting ability and versatility that the Steelers expected. But Golden appears to have picked up his game since spending last season as a reserve safety and special teams performer. “Things have been going well,” Golden said. “I’ve just been trying to get better every day, so I’m working hard to get there. The more playing time you get, the more you can get out there in live situations, the better off you’ll be. “So, I’m just trying to take advantage of every chance I getRead More »

Monday’s Steelers Camp Buzz


MONDAY’S CAMP BUZZ By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — After a mistake-riddled preseason-opening loss to the New York Giants Saturday night, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had his club back on the field for a teaching practice Monday afternoon. The training camp session didn’t feature as much hitting as the previous week, but a lot got accomplished the first day back at Saint Vincent College. The second preseason game is against the Washington Redskins Aug. 19. “The big point of emphasis for us was getting back to Steelers against Steelers,” Tomlin said. “The Redskins game is miles away from a preseason standpoint. So, we wanted to put the focus back on us against us and develop fundamentals and skill. “I liked their approach to it today. Unfortunately, I have to give them another day off (Tuesday), in this new collective bargaining agreement, but we’ll deal with that. Then, we’ll getRead More »

Steelers – Giants Analysis: In an ugly game, Steelers feel running game was a positive


PRE-SEASON OPENER ANALYSIS By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers picked up right where they left off last season with costly mistakes and stalled drives in the red zone that yielded field goals instead of touchdowns. The end result was a 18-13 loss to the New York Giants in the preseason opener for both teams Saturday night at Heinz Field. The only Steelers touchdown was scored by the defense early in the fourth quarter, as the ball was snapped over the head of Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib, and linebacker Adrian Robinson recovered it in the end zone. “There were some positives and some negatives,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage, (and) I thought we ran the ball effectively and efficiently. I also thought we were able to stop the run. Obviously, you can’t give up big plays. You can’t get penalizedRead More »

Grdnic: Latest Buzz on defensive roster spots through first two weeks of camp


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — Instead of highlighting a specific position battle or player feature, here’s a look at the depth chart and some possible surprises on defense during this training camp at Saint Vincent College. Cornerback Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen will be the starting cornerbacks, if Allen can stay healthy, which is a big if. Will Gay will be the first guy off the bench in the nickel, and he will play outside while Allen slides inside in the nickel. The Steelers have kept six corners in the past, and Curtis Brown was counted on to be among those this year, but once again he is injured. First, a sore left hamstring cost him two days, and now it’s a bum ankle. I don’t expect Brown to make the final cut. He has been a liability on the field and never is healthy. So, two of theRead More »

Steelers – Thursday: Le’Veon Bell making push for starting job; Young returners to be featured vs NYG


STEELERS – THURSDAY By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — Second-round pick Le’Veon Bell will get first-team reps at running back, according to Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, when the club plays host to the New York Giants in the opening preseason game Saturday night at 7:30 at Heinz Field. “All the healthy bodies will participate in the game,” Tomlin said Thursday morning. “We anticipate playing our first units 10-12 snaps or so. (And) don’t be surprised if you see Le’Veon getting some snaps with those guys. “I think he’s earned that. But don’t be surprised to see him play after those guys are out of the game as well. He, like a lot of guys, we need to get a lot of exposure to, and I’m sure that’s probably who you want to know about.” Tomlin added that all four quarterbacks will play, but he and the coaching staff haveRead More »