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Report: Raiders Will Cut LB Woodley

Report: Raiders Will Cut LB Woodley

Al Bello/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- The Oakland Raiders made a gamble last year that LaMarr Woodley would bring a strong veteran presence to the middle of their defense.

It went bust. The Raiders are expected to cut Woodley this week, according to CSN Bay Area.

Woodley, 30, signed a two-year $12 million dollar contract with the Raiders after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, Woodley missed 10 games last season due to a biceps injury. Even when he did play, he failed to make an impact as he recorded five tackles for the 3-13 Raiders.

Oakland will likely have the second most cap space heading into free agency with over $60 million available. In addition, to comply with the CBA rules for minimum cash spending, the Raiders must spend at least $20 million dollars this season towards their salary cap.

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James Harrison Not Ready to Retire

James Harrison Not Ready to Retire

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Linebacker James Harrison isn't ready to retire for a second time.The 36-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who retired for 18 days last year before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, posted an Instagram photo Sunday night showing a half packed suitcase with the caption: "I decided to hold off on retirement, so it's time to pack up and head to AZ to start my training so I can be ready to play another year!"Harrison becomes a free agent in a month. In 11 games with the Steelers last season, he had 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks.During his eight NFL seasons, Harrison has twice been named a first-team All Pro and has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers.

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ESPN: Wide Receiver Lance Moore Requests Release

ESPN: Wide Receiver Lance Moore Requests Release

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- Unhappy with his playing time, ESPN reports that wide receiver Lance Moore has requested release his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"It didn't go the way I'd hoped it would go, but that's life in the NFL sometimes," Moore said Jan. 5 after the Steelers were eliminated in an AFC wild-card game. "It's unfortunate that it unfolded the way that it did, but I enjoyed my time here this season.

"I just want to play...whether that's here or somewhere else," he continued. "I'd love to be here, I'd love to be a part of this offense, but I think those are decisions that have to be made down the line."

Last March, Moore signed a two-year deal with the Steelers worth $3 million. The Steelers will only have to pay $322,500 towards their cap if he is indeed granted his release.

Just two seasons ago, the 31-year-old Moore had 1,041 yards for the New Orleans Saints. In 2014, Moore caught just 14 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

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Dick LeBeau Resigns as Steelers Defensive Coordinator

Dick LeBeau Resigns as Steelers Defensive Coordinator

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) -- Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers are going thier separate ways. 

The longtime Steelers defensive coordinator told the Urbana Daily Citizen:

“I’m resigning this position, not retiring,” LeBeau said. “I had a great run in Pittsburgh. I’m grateful for all the things that have happened to me and thankful for all the support I had in Pittsburgh.”

The Steelers hired LeBeau as a defensive backs coach in 1992 and he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1995.  He would leave the Steelers in 1996 to join Cincinnati for the next six seasons, including leading the Bengals as head coach from 2000-2002.  

LeBeau rejoined the Steelers in 2004 as their defensive coordinator. In that span Pittsburgh has had three Super Bowl appearances, including two victories over the Seahawks and Cardinals. 

In 1959, The Cleveland Browns drafted LeBeau in the fifth round.  He was cut in training camp, but caught on with the Detroit Lions.  For the next 14 years, LeBeau was a part of a secondary that included Dick "Night Train" Lane, Yale Lary and Lem Barney. 

LeBeau is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- With just over eight minutes to play, Terrell Suggs intercepted a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass. On the next play, Joe Flacco hooked up with Crockett Gillmore for a 21-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach as the Baltimore Ravens go into Heinz Field and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Saturday, in the AFC wild-card playoff game.Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was on point all game, completing 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.Meanwhile, the Ravens defense got after Roethlisberger all game, pressuring him ten times, five of those ending up in sacks.The Ravens sealed the game with under three minutes to go when Roethlisberger threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Darian Stewart.The No. 6 seed Ravens will now make a trip to Foxborough where they'll take on the No. 1 seed New England Patriots at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday with the winner earning a trip to the AFC Championship game.

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ESPN: Steelers Expected to Sign Running Back Ben Tate

ESPN: Steelers Expected to Sign Running Back Ben Tate

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the status of running back LeVeon Bell uncertain for the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate, according to ESPN.

Bell suffered a hyperextended knee during the team's win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. While the injury could have been much worse, the team is unsure when he'll be able to hit the field again.

The Steelers will be the third team Tate's suited up for this season.

The 26-year-old Tate spent the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. He ran for 942 yards his rookie year in 2011 and looked like he could be a feature back while he backup up Pro Bowler Arian Foster.

Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns during this past offseason. He wound up struggling, running for 333 yards on 106 carries before being cut midseason.

The Minnesota Vikings pickup him up, but he had just 38 rushing yards on 13 carries, and was again cut.

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Andy Dalton: ‘A lot You’re Playing for in December’

Andy Dalton: ‘A lot You’re Playing for in December’

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Bengals are preparing for a tough divisional game against the Steelers on Sunday.

Cincinnati sits atop the AFC North and quarterback Andy Dalton is expecting one of the toughest games of the season against Pittsburgh.

"There's a lot you're playing for in December," Dalton said.  "December usually decides a lot of things, that's when you have to be playing well."

The Steelers are averaging 26.7 points this season and giving up 24.8.

"These games are always really physical," Dalton said of the matchup.  "These are important games because it's a division game, its Pittsburgh, and it's the rivalry.  Everybody gets up for these."

The Bengals are 4-1-1 at home this year and Pittsburgh is 3-3 on the road.

"Really good defense," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.  "Their secondary is playing as good as any secondary in the NFL right now."

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Blount Is a Patriot Again

Blount Is a Patriot Again

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back LeGarrette Blount is a New England Patriot again.After being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, Blount signed with the Patriots Thursday, the team he played for last season.ESPN reports the deal is for two years, is worth the veteran's minimum, and comes with incentives.The 27-year-old Blount was released by the Steelers the day after he left the field -- before the team's Monday night game versus the Titans ended. Reportedly Blount was mad because he didn't receive any carries in the game. He then went unclaimed on waivers.Blount played a big role in the Patriots making the AFC Championship game last season. He ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the team's AFC Divisional playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.Blount has played in 10 games this season rushing for 266 yards on 65 carries and two touchdowns.The Patriots released defensive lineman Casey Walker to open up a roster spot for Blount.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Dallas Mavericks 107 (8-3) - Charlotte Hornets 80 (4-7)

Denver Nuggets 106 (3-7) - Cleveland Cavaliers 97 (5-4)

Orlando Magic 107 (5-7) - Detroit Pistons 93 (3-8)

Phoenix Suns 118 (5-5) - Boston Celtics 114 (3-5)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (13-4-2, 26pts)   - New York Rangers 1 (7-7-4, 18pts)

Top-25 College Basketball: (7) Louisville 88 (2-0) - Jacksonville State 39 (0-2)

Miami 69 (2-0) - (8) Florida 67 (1-1)

(12) Villanova 81 (2-0) - Maryland-Eastern Shore 44 (0-2)

(24) Michigan 77 (2-0) - Bucknell 53 (1-1)

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Roethlisberger Throws 6 TD’s Again, Steelers Rout Ravens

Roethlisberger Throws 6 TD’s Again, Steelers Rout Ravens

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- For the second straight week, Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore 43-23 on Sunday night. Roethlisberger's performance helped set an NFL record for combined touchdown passes in consecutive games, with 12.

"I don't think any of us are surprised by anything he does," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We have been looking at it for some time."

Big Ben's night began in the second quarter with a five-yard scoring pass to Le'Veon Bell that tied the game at 7-7. Two minutes later, Roethlisberger connected with Martavis Bryant to take the lead before finding Markus Wheaton for a 47-yard strike to give the Steelers (6-3) a 22-17 halftime lead.

Baltimore (5-4) struggled to keep their composure, committing 10 penalties, while the offense could not catch up to the Steelers. Joe Flacco was sacked four times and intercepted once but did throw two touchdowns for 303 yards. 

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh quarterback continued his historic stretch with three more touchdown's in the second half, including a second pass to Bryant. His sixth came on a fourth-and-2 play with under two minutes remaining as he connected with Matt Spaeth to set the record.

The Steelers also celebrated one of their greatest ever, retiring former defensive lineman Joe Greene's number 75 at halftime.

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Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Both Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger had big days on Sunday, leading their teams to impressive routs. Brady and the New England Patriots easily handled the Chicago Bears 51-23 while Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers dominated in a 51-34 win over Indianapolis.

Brady tossed five touchdown passes in the romp over Chicago, continuing an impressive stretch of four straight wins. The Patriots quarterback was 30-for-35 in the win for 354 yards. New England (6-2) scored on all five possessions in the first half, leading 38-7 at halftime.

"I love coaching Tom. I've been fortunate to have him the whole career since he's been here," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "He does a great job of executing the team game plan."

Meanwhile, Big Ben outdid Brady by throwing for six touchdowns, a franchise record, in a big momentum win over the Colts. The Pittsburgh quarterback also set a franchise mark with 522 passing yards while picking up his 100th career victory.

"We just felt like they couldn't stop us because we were just clicking," said Roethlisberger. "It was one of those nights that players talk about when things feel like they're going right."

The Steelers improved to 5-3 on the year and won consecutive games for the first time all season.

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Second Quarter Outburst Lifts Steelers Past Houston

Second Quarter Outburst Lifts Steelers Past Houston

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers scored 24 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in less than 90 seconds, to pick up a 30-23 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night. It was the 16th straight victory for the Steelers on Monday Night Football.

Trailing 13-0 halfway through the second quarter, the Steelers (4-3) got on the board with a Shaun Suisham field goal at the 3:08 mark. Less than two minutes later, Ben Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown pass that brought Pittsburgh within three at 13-10.

What happened next changed the course of the game. Two plays after the touchdown, Houston's Arian Foster fumbled deep in his own territory to give the Steelers perfect field possession. Wide receiver Antonio Brown then delivered a three-yard pass to Lance Moore on a reverse, putting Pittsburgh ahead 17-13. Things only escalated for the Texans (3-4) when Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass was tipped an intercepted on the very next play.

That set-up another scoring drive for Pittsburgh, capped off by a Roethlisberger two-yard strike to Le'Veon Ball, making it a 24-13 ball game at halftime.

"You stand on the sidelines long enough, you will see explosions such as that," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "It was good to be on the good side of it."

The Steelers only mustered a pair of second-half field goals and had to hold off a late rally by the Texans. Houston pulled within a touchdown when Fitzpatrick and Foster connected for a touchdown pass with 1:31 remaining in regulation. However, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Pittsburgh, who ran out the clock.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 7: Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (4-3) - Houston Texans 23 (3-4)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Division Series: Baltimore Orioles 2 - Detroit Tigers 1 (Orioles win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

Kansas City Royals 8 - Los Angeles Angels 3 (Royals win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

NFL: New England Patriots 43 (3-2) - Cincinnati Bengals 17 (3-1)

Carolina Panthers 31 (3-2) - Chicago Bears 24 (2-3)

Cleveland Browns 29 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 28 (1-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (4-1) - St. Louis Rams 28 (1-3)

New York Giants 30 (3-2) - Atlanta Falcons 20 (2-3)

New Orleans Saints 37 (2-3) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 (1-4) - Overtime

Dallas Cowboys 20 (4-1) - Houston Texans 17 (3-2) - Overtime

Buffalo Bills 17 (3-2) - Detroit Lions 14 (3-2)

Indianapolis Colts 20 (3-2) - Baltimore Ravens 13 (3-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (3-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 9 (0-5)

Denver Broncos 41 (3-1) - Arizona Cardinals 20 (3-1)

San Francisco 49ers 22 (3-2) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (2-3)

San Diego Chargers 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 0 (1-4)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at Kansas Speedway.

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Linebacker James Harrison Ends Retirement, Returns to Steelers

Linebacker James Harrison Ends Retirement, Returns to Steelers

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than three weeks after holding a retirement ceremony in Pittsburgh, veteran linebacker James Harrison has decided to come back and return to the Steelers.

"It's really family here, and I wanted to come back and finish it off where it started," Harrison said earlier this month.

The Steelers recently lost two of their starting linebackers as Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier were both injured Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers. Facing a shortage of linebackers, the team decided to go back in time to bring back one of their long-time leaders.

The 36-year-old Harrison spent the first nine of his ten-year career with the Steelers and won two Super Bowls during his time in Pittsburgh. He played one season with the Cincinnati Bengals and decided that 2013 would be his last season in the NFL, before returning.

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ESPN: Steelers Lose LB Jarvis Jones at Least 8 Weeks

ESPN: Steelers Lose LB Jarvis Jones at Least 8 Weeks

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list Monday, according to ESPN.com. Jones had surgery on his wrist Monday after he dislocated it during the team's 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday. The Steelers used their one annual injured reserve exemption on Jones, meaning the linebacker will be able to practice in six weeks and play in a game in eight weeks if deemed healthy. The 24-year-old Jones, who was drafted by the Steelers with the 17th overall selection of the 2013 NFL Draft, had 14 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in three games this season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, linebacker James Harrison, who retired less than three weeks ago, is expected to join the Steelers.

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Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- If the Baltimore Ravens were distracted by the controversy surrounding former teammate Ray Rice, they didn't show it Thursday night. Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and Justin Tucker made all four of his field goal attempts as the Ravens pummeled the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6. Raven players fielded questions all week about former teammate Ray Rice, who was released by the team and then indefinitely suspended by the NFL for domestic violence. A video was released by TMZ Sports Monday showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer during a dispute.

The Ravens showed quickly that they were ready to play Thursday when Flacco found tight end Owen Daniels for a two yard touchdown pass on their first drive of the game. The next time the Ravens received the ball, they drove it 65 yards before Justin Tucker hit a 30 yard field goal. Flacco finished the game completing 21-of-29 passes for 166 yards. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked twice and completed 22-of-37 passes for 217 yards and an interception for Pittsburgh (1-1) in the loss.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 2: Baltimore Ravens 26 (1-1) – Pittsburgh Steelers 6 (1-1)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 8 (75-69) – Minnesota Twins 2 (62-83) Game One

Cleveland Indians 2 (76-69) – Minnesota Twins 0 (62-84) Game Two

Cincinnati Reds 1 (70-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (80-67)

Chicago White Sox 1 (66-80) – Oakland Athletics 0 (81-65)

San Francisco Giants 6 (81-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-87)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (77-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (67-79)

New York Yankees 5 (75-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (70-77)

Washington Nationals 6 (83-62) – New York Mets 2 (71-76)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (91-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (54-92)

Boston Red Sox 6 (64-83) – Kansas City Royals 3 (80-65)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (76-71) – Miami Marlins 2 (71-74)

 

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Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Await Punishment

Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Await Punishment

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is not worried about being without both his running backs come the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

"Everything's on the table," Tomlin said regarding punishment coming to running backs, LeGarrett Blount and Le'Veon Bell.

The two were charged with marijuana possession and driving under the influence during their trip to play the Philadelphia Eagles last week and both could be suspended at the start of the regular season.

Veteran wide receiver Lance Moore defended his teammates.

"We don't spend a lot of time talking about what happens off the field. Obviously what's going to those guys is going to happen to those guys, and nothing we can do or say here is going to change that," he said. "We're not going to disown them or treat them differently. Obviously it's a situation that we would like to have not have happened, something that maybe could have been avoided. They made a decision, [but] once we walk through these doors, it's all work."

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Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Face Pot Charges

Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Face Pot Charges

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession on Wednesday.

The Steelers were on their way to Philadelphia for their third preseason game against the Eagles Thursday and were found with marijuana at a traffic stop.

Ross Township traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after smelling a strong odor of marijuana.

"We are aware of the reports and still gathering information," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. "We will have no further comment at this time."

The NFL is also expected to review the incident.

Both runningbacks are still expected to play against the Eagles.

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