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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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Steelers Ink Gilbert to New 6-Year Deal

Steelers Ink Gilbert to New 6-Year Deal

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers inked right tackle Marcus Gilbert to a new six-year contract Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Gilbert was in the final year of his contract, and ESPN’s Scott Brown reports the deal is worth up to $30.8 million and includes a $7.65 million signing bonus.

“It means I am locked in hopefully as a Steeler for the rest of my career,” Gilbert said on the team website. “It’s a blessing to work for a great organization, the Rooney family, Kevin Colbert and Coach (Mike) Tomlin. Just to be around in Pittsburgh, where they show you so much love, I couldn’t be happier and in a better place.”

Gilbert was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Steelers. During his three seasons in Pittsburgh, Gilbert has started 34 games, including all 16 last season.

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Sammy Watkins Hurts Ribs

Sammy Watkins Hurts Ribs

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins left Saturday night’s preseason game against the Steelers with a rib contusion in the first quarter and did not return.

Watkins was trying to pull in a pass by EJ Manuel on a quick slant that was low and incomplete.  Steelers defender Cortez Allen fell to the ground while trying to make the play and linebacker Ryan Shazier jumped to avoid Allen and collided with Watkins’ rib cage.

“I think Sammy will be fine,” Manuel said. “Hopefully he’ll come back and bounce back from whatever little injury he had.”

Watkins walked to the locker room on his own power, but the Bills have still not released any further update after he received X-rays.

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Chuck Noll, Legendary Steelers Coach, Dead at 82

Chuck Noll, Legendary Steelers Coach, Dead at 82

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who led Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl titles, has passed away at the age of 82. The Alleghany County Medical Examiner confirmed that Noll had died of natural causes.

After playing seven season in the NFL, all with the Cleveland Browns, Noll began his ascent to one of the greatest coaches in league history as the defensive line coach for the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960. Noll spent three years as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Colts who set a record for fewest points allowed in 1968.

A year later he would be named the 14th head coach in Steelers history, a team that had eight consecutive losing seasons prior to his arrival. Pittsburgh won the first of four Super Bowl titles in 1975 before winning three more championships in 1976, 1979, and 1980.

In 23 seasons, Noll was 209-156-1 including the postseason. He was inducted into the professional football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Report: Steelers Reward Maurkice Pouncey with 5-Year Extension

Report: Steelers Reward Maurkice Pouncey with 5-Year Extension

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Steelers recognize they need to keep their offensive line in tact if they want to get back to the playoffs. In an effort to do so, they’ve rewarded center Maurkice Pouncey with a five-year extension.

Pouncey is one of the NFL’s richest offensive lineman. His new extension is worth $44 million, including $13 million in guaranteed money.

In new money, Pouncey is the NFL’s highest-paid center at $8.8 million. His new deal will pay him $48 million over the next six years.

The 24-year-old Pouncey was selected 18th overall by the Steelers in the 2010 Draft. Since coming to Pittsburgh, he’s been one of the best at his position.

Pouncey is also fortunate because about nine months ago, he suffered a torn ACL.

Maurkice’s twin brother, Mike, is a center for the Miami Dolphins and has been vocal in his desire for a new contract as well.

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Redskins Bring Back Safety Ryan Clark

Redskins Bring Back Safety Ryan Clark

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an effort to help rebuild their defense, the Washington Redskins have signed safety Ryan Clark to a one-year deal.
Clark had spent the past eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but did two seasons in…

Steelers Sign Running Back LeGarrette Blount to Two-Year Deal

Steelers Sign Running Back LeGarrette Blount to Two-Year Deal

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) — With the Pittsburgh Steelers having an uncharacteristically poor season running the football in 2013, the team is deciding to bring in reinforcements as they’ve agreed on a two-year deal with LeGarrette Blount.
ESPN…

Broncos Sign WR Emmanuel Sanders

Broncos Sign WR Emmanuel Sanders

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(DENVER, Colo.) — The Denver Broncos continued their torrid offseason spending on Sunday, signing free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The deal is expected to net the wide out $18 million over three years.
The four-year p…

Cincinnati Bengals Release LB James Harrison

Cincinnati Bengals Release LB James Harrison

NFL via Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker James Harrison on Thursday, after one season.
Harrison, who spent his first 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed with the Bengals last April. In 15 games with Ci…

Jets Part Ways with Santonio Holmes

Jets Part Ways with Santonio Holmes

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  The New York Jets released wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, ending his four-year tenure with the team.
The former Super Bowl MVP with the Pittsburgh Steelers was traded to the Jets in 2010.  …

Rashard Mendenhall Retires from the NFL

Rashard Mendenhall Retires from the NFL

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall announced that he is retiring from the NFL at 26-years-old.
Mendenhall made the announcement in his most recent blog for Th…

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/29/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/29/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Philadelphia Eagles 24 (10-6) – Dallas Cowboys 22 (8-8)
Pittsburgh Steelers 20 (8-8) – Cleveland Browns 7 (4-12)
Indianapolis Colts 30 (11-5) – Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (4-12)
Minnesota Vikings 14 (5-10-1) – Detroit…

Steelers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive by Fending Off Packers

Steelers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive by Fending Off Packers

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are still alive in the AFC playoff chase.
Le’Veon Bell’s one-yard touchdown run with 1:25 left in the game put the Steelers on top for the good, as Pittsburgh fended off a late charge …

Aaron Rodgers Ruled Out Against Steelers

Aaron Rodgers Ruled Out Against Steelers

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not been medically cleared to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the team announced on Friday.
“As an organization we feel we are not ready for him to play,”…

LB LaMarr Woodley Done for Season

LB LaMarr Woodley Done for Season

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday because of an injured right calf. Woodley, who missed three games earlier this season with a left calf injury, s…

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