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Steelers Get NT Steve McLendon Back For Dolphins Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t have the services of defensive end Brett Keisel on Sunday for their home game against the Miami Dolphins, but they will get back an important member of the defensive line. Nose tackle Steve McLendon, who sat out the Thanksgiving night game against the Baltimore Ravens with a left ankle injury suffered […]

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The Manning Brothers Can Help The Steelers On Sunday

Sunday is a very important game for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a loss to the Miami Dolphins would pretty much be the final nail in their coffin when it comes to possibly making the playoffs. Assuming the Steelers win, the scoreboard watching can immediately commence following the game. Below are three games that Steelers fans […]

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What Matt Spaeth’s Return Means For Today

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers waited until the last minute to do it, but they have finally activated tight end Matt Spaeth from the short-term injured reserve list, just in time for the fourth quarter of the regular season. And just in time for Mike Adams, perhaps. Adams, of course, is set to make […]

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Steelers Now Have The Longest Game Streak In The NFL Without A 100-Yard Rusher

In the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20 win Thursday night over the Houston Texans, running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 103 yards on 14 carries and that broke a Jaguars streak of 25 consecutive games without having a 100-yard rusher. Why is that significant? It now means the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the longest consecutive game streak in […]

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Mike Adams Might Have To Face One Of The Hottest Defensive Ends In The League On Sunday

With Pittsburgh Steelers starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum still sidelined on Wednesday by the left knee sprain that he suffered during the Thanksgiving night loss to the Baltimore Ravens, it’s starting to look like Mike Adams might just make his first start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins since he was benched after the Week 4 […]

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Heath Miller Back To Old Ways In Run Blocking

By Matthew Marczi It’s no secret that Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller has gone through stretches this season where his play has suffered in all aspects, much of which could probably be attributed to the continual healing process from a torn ACL that he suffered less than a year ago. The odd thing was […]

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Heath Miller Progressing As A Receiving Target Late In The Season

By Matthew Marczi Jerricho Cotchery has posted some big numbers for a slot receiver during the course of this season, including 103 receiving yards against the Minnesota Vikings, and seven catches with three touchdowns against the New England Patriots. Since that game in New England though, Cotchery’s production has been on the decline. Though he […]

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Clete Blakeman Crew To Referee Steelers Versus Ravens

In case you are curious, Clete Blakeman will be the head referee Thursday night for the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. Blakeman did the Steelers game in London earlier this season against the Minnesota Vikings, but he is more recently known for picking up the flag in the end zone on […]

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Fourth-Quarter Comeback A Sign Of Things To Come?

By Matthew Marczi If you really think about it, there isn’t all that much that separates this season from many other years in Ben Roethlisberger’s career. The majority of the games end in close scores with the victor decided in the fourth quarter. Sure, the scores may on average be higher, partly due to the […]

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Tight End Reps Keeping Mike Adams In The Loop

By Matthew Marczi Mike Adams should be thanking Levi Brown for being so fragile as to suffer a season-ending injury during pre-game warm ups. Had that not occurred, perhaps Adams would still be spending his Sundays in sweat clothes as he ‘hones his craft’ in practice. That is hyperbole, of course. Given the carousel of […]

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What Have They Done?

By Matthew Marczi Following last week’s 24-point trouncing by the New England Patriots, a lot of reporters covering the Pittsburgh Steelers suddenly hit the contemplative switch and brainstormed to come up with this most amazing of questions: why hasn’t Mike Tomlin made any changes to make the team better? The most amazing feature of this […]

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Report: Wheaton’s Pinky Finger Was Pretty Messed Up

If you are wondering why it took so long for Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton to return to practice on a full-time basis after suffering a broken pinky finger in the Week 4 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Scott Brown of ESPN.com has the answer for you. According to Brown, Wheaton’s smallest digit […]

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Heath Miller Was Exploited In The Running Game By The Patriots

By Matthew Marczi After tight end Heath Miller had a terrific game in the run-blocking department against the Minnesota Vikings earlier this season, I elected to work under the false assumption that he was able to round into form earlier from his knee injury than anticipated. Since then, however, much of his blocking performance has […]

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Jerricho Cotchery Continues To Be Steelers’ Rock

By Matthew Marczi With such little positivity following a humiliating defeat, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery did help provide just a sliver of sunshine for sullen Pittsburgh Steelers fans, as he continued to expand upon his excellent third season in the organization. As expected this offseason, Cotchery has taken on a far more prominent role after […]

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Steelers Injury Report: G David DeCastro & WR Markus Wheaton Cleared To Practice

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin updated the injury situation as the team will now prepare to host the Buffalo Bills this Sunday at Heinz Field. Guard David DeCastro (ankle) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) have both been cleared to practice Wednesday, according to Tomlin. DeCastro was inactive this […]

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Le’Veon Bell Still Has Work To Do In Pass Protection

By Matthew Marczi Before the season started, the main point of discussion being tossed around with regard to Le’Veon Bell and his ability to get on the field right away was how quickly he would be able to acclimate himself to picking up the blitz in passing situations. Of course, as it turned out, it […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots Week 9 Projected Inactive List

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium and below is a best guess as to what the inactive list will look like this week. The official list of inactives will be announced 90 minutes before kickoff. Landry Jones – This will mark the eighth straight game that the rookie […]

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Pro Football Focus Ranks David DeCastro Third Overall Among Guards

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro has reportedly been getting around this week on an ankle sprain without so much as a limp, according to various beat reporters’ accounts on Twitter. That could certainly lead to good news for a Pittsburgh team in dire need of quality offensive line play if he […]

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Le’Veon Bell Learns That Patience Is A Virtue

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers back in April believed that they selected their new running back in the form of Le’Veon Bell in the most recent NFL Draft; they got their first true sample of what he will bring to the table this past week in the team’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Although […]

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Polamalu The Engine Driving Sub-Package Football For Steelers

By Matthew Marczi As the season goes on, Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to implement and deploy small-bodied sub-packages as their go-to defense, rather than the base, or even the nickel, as they had six defensive backs on the field nearly 75 percent of the time against the Baltimore Ravens. Out of 65 […]

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Jonathan Dwyer Carving Out A Niche For Himself Amongst The Running Backs

By Matthew Marczi As the Pittsburgh Steelers get healthier and the games tick on, it appears that a pecking order is taking shape within the running back group. We all knew it was a foregone conclusion that rookie second-round draft pick Le’Veon Bell would assume the mantle once he returned to health, which did not […]

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Richard Mann Explains Decision To Add Of WR Devon Wylie To The Practice Squad

With two wide receivers already on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad in Kashif Moore and Justin Brown, the decision to add free agent wide receiver Devon Wylie earlier this week to the eight man unit was a curious one. In a recent interview with David Todd of 970 ESPN Radio, wide receiver coach Richard Mann […]

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Heath Miller Took His Lumps Against The Jets

By Matthew Marczi After coming off a very strong game in terms of blocking against the Minnesota Vikings, tight end Heath Miller did not have such an easy time against the New York Jets this past week—and not just because he was beaten for a sack. To be fair, Rex Ryan’s defense is more aggressive, […]

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Coming Off Big Game, Jerricho Cotchery Left Hanging In New York

By Matthew Marczi Jerricho Cotchery was coming off his best statistical performance yet in his three years with the Pittsburgh Steelers entering Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Two weeks earlier, he recorded five receptions for 103 yards for a 20.3 yards per catch average while also bringing in a touchdown, his second of […]

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Steelers Versus Jets – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi As great a game as Heath Miller may have had against the Minnesota Vikings, he struggled some in this one, particularly as a pass blocker. Not just the sack, but failing to get a commanding angle out on a screen on multiple occasions. First play of the game is a perfect example. […]

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David Johnson Injury Places Steelers In A Tight Space

The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a blow yesterday when they were forced to put tight end David Johnson on injured reserve. After spending the 2012 season out of football due to a knee injury, the veteran tight end was gradually feeling better as the games ticked away this year. In fact, he was coming off one […]

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