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All We Want For Christmas Is A Steelers Mulligan

By Michael K. Reynolds By the time the Pittsburgh Steelers play against the Green Bay Packers they will have a good chance of already being eliminated from the playoffs. Even with some help from others and a victory over the Packers it will only cause further indigestion over Christmas dinner for the Terrible Towel waiving faithful as a playoff […]

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Fernando Velasco Thinks He’ll Be Ready For OTAs

Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco came in off the street and filled in admirably once Maurkice Pouncey was lost early in the season opener. Unfortunately, he ruptured an Achilles in Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and has since been placed on injured reserve. According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Velasco, who is […]

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Hritz: Dolphins Versus Steelers Preview And Prediction – Week 14

By Jeremy Hritz For as much controversy and frustration that emanated from last week’s game, there were several positives about the Pittsburgh Steelers performance to take away. Firstly, playing and winning in Baltimore is not a simple task, and doing so in prime time on a national holiday only compounds matters. Considering how competitive the […]

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Le’Veon Bell Picking Up Pass Protection

By Matthew Marczi Perhaps the aspect of Le’Veon Bell’s game that has seen the most improvement since the beginning of the season is his pass protection—which really should be no surprise, given that he missed the majority of training camp and the preseason, not to mention the first three regular season games. Over the course […]

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Le’Veon Bell’s Heart Was On Display In Baltimore

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell has now had arguably his two best games thus far against the team’s biggest rival, the Baltimore Ravens. This past game was even bigger than the first, as he combined for 136 yards on the ground and in the air. His 4.6 yards per carry […]

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Fernando Velasco’s Rough Send-Off Due To More Than Injury

By Matthew Marczi There’s no doubt that the Steelers owe a great deal of thanks to Fernando Velasco and the job that he was able to do coming in cold and starting in Week Two, providing stability to a key unit that was threatening to unravel after just eight snaps. That said, I have been […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Le’Veon Bell Progressing; Kelvin Beachum Questionable; Brett Keisel Out

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held his weekly press conference on Tuesday and during it he went over the injury report as the team prepares to host the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Heinz Field. Tomlin said tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee) won’t be practicing in the early portion of the week because of a right […]

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Velasco’s Unfortunate Injury Might Now Result In Him Being Back In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco wasn’t going to make the Pro Bowl this season, but there is no denying that he stabilized the offensive line after starter Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the year in the season opener. Now that his season has also come to end due to a torn Achilles suffered late Thursday […]

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With Velasco Out, Cody Wallace Is A Mystery Soon To Be Revealed

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, I lamented over the fact that the recent rash of injuries suffered by four different offensive linemen would be a speed bump on the road to improved offensive line play, which had been on the rise in recent weeks. Today, I’m left to lament the fact that the line just came […]

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Steelers Place C Fernando Velasco On IR; Sign C Eric Olsen & T Rashad Butler

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed center Fernando Velasco, who was injured Thursday night in the 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, on injured reserve Saturday. Velasco suffered an Achilles injury late in the game and the injury must be more serious than first believed. Velasco was in a walking boot after the game. The Steelers signed […]

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Injuries Threaten To Disrupt Offensive Line’s Recent Growth

By Matthew Marczi There is really little question that the Steelers’ offensive line has found its stride in pass protection over the course of the last few weeks, although that also goes hand in hand with the incorporation of more no-huddle and quick-release passes. That naturally makes it easier on the line to pass protect, […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Four Offensive Linemen Injured In Loss To Ravens

Following the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20 Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Mike Tomlin went over the long list of players injured in the game. “Brett Keisel hurt his foot,” started Tomlin. “Kelvin Beachum hurt his knee, Mike Adams hurt his ankle, [David] DeCastro hurt his foot, [Fernando] Velasco hurt his ankle. Don’t […]

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Fernando Velasco May Have Played His Best Game Of The Year Against Cleveland

By Matthew Marczi Perhaps nobody on the Steelers has benefited more from the newly-administered quick passing game that has dominated the past two games than center Fernando Velasco. While he was a good pick-up during the season as a plug-and-play center, the reality is that he has not been anything more than competent for the […]

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David DeCastro Earned Some Redemption After Recent Struggles

By Matthew Marczi Second-year guard David DeCastro was hitting his stride entering the Oakland Raiders game earlier this season when he suffered an ankle injury, forcing him to miss the following game against the New England Patriots. When he returned to play against the Buffalo Bills, he did not quite look the same, and if […]

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Revenge Of The Busts

By Michael K. Reynolds During this resurgence of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who now have won five of their last seven games, much of the credit can be placed squarely on the shoulders of an unlikely group of players. In fact, the theme of the 2013 season may aptly be called, “The Revenge of the Busts.” Start […]

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With His Future Uncertain, Steelers C Fernando Velasco Is Just Enjoying The Process

The Pittsburgh Steelers were real lucky that center Fernando Velasco was unemployed after losing starter Maurkice Pouncey for the year in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans as the Georgia product has filled in admirable ever since he was signed. Because of his level play, a lot of the fan base, with good reason, […]

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Steelers Injury Report: LaMarr Woodley And Brett Keisel Both Listed Friday As Questionable

The Friday injury report is now out for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare to play the Cleveland Browns Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Not practicing on Friday and ruled out for the game are safety Shamarko Thomas (ankle) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring). Thomas isn’t likely to be ready for the game next week against […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Brett Keisel And LaMarr Woodley Both Listed As Not Practicing On Thursday

The Thursday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers is now in and it includes some pretty discouraging news as far as two defensive starters go. Defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) failed to practice once again and it’s looking like he might very well miss his second consecutive game of the season. Also not practicing on […]

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Steelers Injury Report: DE Brett Keisel Still Sidelined With Foot Problem

The 4-6 Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the 4-6 Cleveland Browns this Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium and the first injury report for the week has now been released. Not practicing for the Steelers on Wednesday were safety Shamarko Thomas (ankle) and defensive end Brett Keisel (foot). On Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin termed Thomas as […]

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Steelers Versus Lions Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Breaking down the sacks allowed and recorded by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Detroit Lions. 1. 3rd 10, 8:11 2nd. Empty, four man rush vs five blocking. Smash concepts on each side of the field with Ben looking at the top of the screen as his first read. Detroit plays it smartly […]

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Breakdown Of Steelers G Guy Whimper Versus Bills

By Alex Kozora A breakdown of the snaps played by Pittsburgh Steelers reserve offensive lineman Guy Whimper versus the Buffalo Bills. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Drive Snaps: 12 Run/Pass: 10/2 Play-by-Play 1. 1st and 10, :33 1st. In at RT for Marcus Gilbert. Helps double end in pass protection. 2. 2nd and […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Bills

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – KR unit. Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen, Stevenson Sylvester, Terence Garvin, and Antwon Blake. Slight shakeup in the back lines. David Paulson and Cameron Heyward were the next two with Al Woods […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Woodley Doubtful; Keisel And Foster Questionable

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now submitted their final injury report for the week as they prepare to take on the Detroit Lions Sunday at Heinz Field and it looks like they could possibly be without the services of at least two key starters. Not practicing for a third straight day were linebacker LaMarr Woodley (calf), […]

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Fernando Velasco Overmatched By Bills Interior Against The Pass

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line, banged up as it is, had a tough time dealing with the stout front seven of the Buffalo Bills, particularly the front line that includes Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. Center Fernando Velasco probably got the worst of it, often being asked to take on Dareus, who […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Foster, Woodley And Keisel Still Not Practicing

The Pittsburgh Steelers have submitted their Thursday injury report now that practice is over and it shows that three key players failed to practice. Not practicing for a second straight day were guard Ramon Foster (ankle), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (calf). Friday will be a big day for all three, […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Foster, Woodley, Velasco And Keisel All Sidelined On Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their first injury report for the week as they prepare to host the Detroit Lions this coming Sunday at Heinz Field and it doesn’t include any major surprises. Guard Ramon Foster (ankle), who suffered a right ankle injury this past Sunday, did not practice on Wednesday, but has reportedly ditched […]

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