Steelers fullback Rosie Nix dealing with knee issue
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without fullback and special teams captain Rosie Nix for Sunday's visit by Seattle.
Big Ben makes preseason debut, Steelers beat Titans 18-6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger needed three short series to show he's ready for the regular season, even though he wasn't happy the Steelers didn't score earlier.
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New faces: LB Devin Bush, WR Donte Moncrief, CB Steven Nelson, LB Mark Barron, WR Diontae Johnson, CB Justin Layne, RB Benny Snell Jr.
Smith-Schuster now a youthful leader of Steelers’ receivers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Still a wide-smiling 22-year-old, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows not to change the youthful, fun-loving persona that helped make him one of the NFL's most recognizable young stars by...
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — James Washington needed a hard reset. His rookie year with the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't go as planned.
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OPEN CAMP: July 25, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
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NFL opens football academy in London
LONDON (AP) — For the past three years, the only way Sergei Starodoubtsev experienced the NFL was by watching highlights of JuJu Smith-Schuster and other players on Instagram.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster chose his words carefully.
Smith-Schuster was trying to find some middle ground between being appreciative for Antonio Brown's influence while also...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Donte Moncrief can do the math in his head. Yet the newest Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has no plans to fill the void left by Antonio Brown.
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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Le'Veon Bell, TE Jesse James, P Jordan Berry, LB Anthony Chickillo, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, DT Daniel McCullers, LB Ryan Shazier, WR...
Steelers second-year WR Smith-Schuster voted team MVP
PITTSBURGH (AP) — With stars such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster admitted he was a little surprised to be voted as the team's most valuable player.
But a breakout second season earned Smith-Schuster the respect of his teammates and MVP honors for the 2018 season.
"I didn't think that it was going to be me," Smith-Schuster said on Thursday. "With the numbers they put up, you would think that it's always one of those guys."
Smith-Schuster goes from promise to regret
JuJu Smith-Schuster began Week 16 with a promise to tough it out for all those fantasy football owners trying to win their league championships. He ended it with an apology for a mistake that might have wrecked Pittsburgh's playoff plans.
Saints narrowly upend Steelers and take top NFC seed
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees found a receiver who hadn't played most of the season to sustain a late touchdown drive. The Saints' defense found a way to force two fumbles in the fourth quarter. And New Orleans' punt-return unit stopped a fake punt less than a yard short of a conversion that might have helped Pittsburgh protect a late lead.
Steelers’ Washington prepares to fill in for Smith-Schuster
PITTSBURGH (AP) — It's been an uneven rookie season for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington, but he may be needed for a bigger role nonetheless.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh's leading receiver, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at New Orleans, and if he can't play, the Steelers expect Washington to help fill the void.
It’s lit! Smith-Schuster steps into spotlight for Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to get something straight. That 4.52-second 40-yard dash the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver ran at the combine in the spring of 2017? It was a blessing, even if it didn't feel like it at the time.
Broncos don’t mind that they’re not getting any credit
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — First, Keenan Allen disses Denver. Then, JuJu Smith-Schuster says the Steelers beat themselves.
Seems nobody wants to give the resurgent Denver Broncos any credit, and that's just fine with them.
"This defense is built to stop anybody in this league," safety Darian Stewart said in the aftermath of Denver's second straight win over a team that hadn't lost since September.
Broncos face Steelers, out to snap another 6-game win streak
DENVER (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers can unnerve plenty of defenses with the NFL's best pair of pass catchers and the league's top tight end tandem.
"We've had a tough game every week," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "We haven't had any easy games. So, this is just another top offense that we get to see, another great challenge and we're up for it."
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Steelers prepare for another physical battle with Bengals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster just wants to move on from last December's physical primetime meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
But the second-year wideout thrust himself into one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL last season with a memorable block against Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Smith-Schuster was reminded of the hit prior to Sunday's game at Cincinnati.
Conner blossoming for Steelers as Falcons falter
PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner isn't much on talking. Not about the cancer battle that threatened to sidetrack his promising career before he even reached the NFL. Not about his ongoing audition as the new featured running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers while Le'Veon Bell continues his extended sabbatical.
FANTASY PLAYS: Judging the quality of targets for wideouts
While volume is the most integral part to measuring a wide receiver's fantasy value, the quality of each opportunity matters along with the quantity of opportunities.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster is an open book. Unless you ask the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver about the left knee issue that's forced him to spend most of the offseason watching workouts instead of participating in them.
"You can talk to Mike Tomlin about that," Smith-Schuster said Wednesday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are still in need of help at inside linebacker heading into the second day of the NFL draft.
While Pro Bowler Ryan Shazier took his first public steps since injuring his spine last December when he walked across the draft stage during the first round, Shazier has already been ruled out for the 2018 season.
The Steelers have veteran Vince Williams at one spot and signed Jon Bostic for depth in free agency but need an influx of elite talent.
If you somehow think JuJu Smith-Schuster hadn't "made it" yet after an eventful first year in the NFL, it's official now: he's being immortalized via a novelty trinket by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
Introducing the "JuJu's Sweet Ride" bobblehead featuring the Steelers precocious receiver riding a bicycle.
According to National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar, the limited-edition bobblehead will be released Friday.
Drake plays ‘Fortnite’ with ‘Ninja’, helps break record
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammy Award-winning rapper Drake helped Twitch break its record for the most-viewed stream by joining gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins to play "Fortnite."
There were 630,000 concurrent viewers at its peak on the live-streaming platform Wednesday.
The rapper and singer says he's been playing the popular video game for a month or two.
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- BusinessWireHyperX Signs Pittsburgh Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster as AmbassadorJune 25, 2018
- BusinessWireHyperX Signs Pittsburgh Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster as AmbassadorJune 25, 2018
Tim Benz: Steelers should use QB sneak or better explain why they don’t
After a Steelers loss fans often scream: "The offense is too predictable!"
After that same loss, though, you might also hear just as many screaming: "The offense is too complicated! They outthink themselves!"
This column is for Group B.
Any team that doesn't have a quarterback sneak in its playbook is genuinely outthinking itself.
As we all know by now, the Steelers don't have a quarterback sneak in their playbook. What no one has properly explained is: How come?
The gamesmanship between the Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars began long before Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game at Heinz Field, with a hyperbolic campaign of compliments.
After Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called the Jaguars "one of the best defenses I've ever seen," Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone said the Steelers possessed "probably the most talented roster that we've played."
Distractions? What distractions? Steelers rise above fray
PITTSBURGH (AP) — If Cam Heyward's being honest, he's lost count of distractions the Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt with this season, be they self-created, overblown or otherwise.
Steelers enter playoffs with depth and momentum
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster didn't catch a snap of the 2017 AFC championship game.
Life out in Los Angeles was just a little too hectic as the wide receiver prepared for the NFL draft.
Martavis Bryant skipped out on it too, in part because of the pain of missing out while serving a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy was a bit too acute.
JuJu Smith-Schuster continues to break Steelers rookie records in win over Browns
A native of Southern California who played his college football there, JuJu Smith-Schuster couldn't have played too many games – if ever – in weather as cold as it was Sunday at Heinz Field.
"No, that was 5 degrees?" Smith-Schuster said, when someone referred to the official wind chill at kickoff. "Wow."
On the coldest of days, Smith-Schuster ended his season red hot.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a first-round playoff bye with a 34-6 win over the host Houston Texans on Monday.
Roethlisberger threw passes to six different players as Pittsburgh (12-3) romped over the lowly Texans (4-11) despite missing NFL leading receiver Antonio Brown, who sat out with a calf injury.
Steelers seek group effort to replace star receiver Brown
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Replacing Antonio Brown won't be a one-man job for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The team's top wide receiver is out indefinitely with a left calf injury sustained against the New England Patriots.
That means it's up to Martavis Bryant, rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster and others to fill a significant void left by the star wide receiver when the Steelers visit the Houston Texans on Monday.
JuJu Smith-Schuster reenacts his hit and taunt of Vontaze Burfict as a Steelers TD celebration
Taking the lead in the final minute of the first half of the biggest game of the regular season was cause for celebration.
So the Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant made it a memorable one – and one that won't be too popular with the folks in Cincinnati.
Joe Haden out for Pittsburgh’s showdown with Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden will miss his fifth straight game with a fractured left leg, meaning rookie Cameron Sutton will make his first career start against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Haden practiced this week and hoped he would be able to return. Instead the Steelers will turn to Sutton, a third-round pick.
Pittsburgh will have rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was limited during the week with a hamstring injury.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was back in the Steelers' locker room Wednesday, his one-game suspension for his block on Cincinnati's Vontaze Burfict served during Sunday night's Steelers win against Baltimore.
And while the 21-year-old rookie was apologetic for the taunting aspect of the hit, Smith-Schuster vowed "I felt like it was a good (legal) hit."
Smith-Schuster also said the suspension would not cause him to change his game.
Kevin Gorman: Five thoughts on today’s sports news
1. Bill Belichick might be as dry an interview as there is in the sports world. Despite his delivery, the New England Patriots coach actually talked up the Steelers — even with a bit of hyperbole — in advance of Sunday's game at Heinz Field.
When asked if Antonio Brown belonged in the conversation for the NFL's MVP, Belichick not only endorsed the Steelers' All-Pro receiver but also running back Le'Veon Bell and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and basically apologized for leaving anyone out.
Kevin Gorman: Missed message by NFL with decisions on Steelers, Bengals suspensions
The NFL wants to be "fair and firm, but not excessive" when punishing players in what it calls an effort to eliminate flagrant hits that have no place in football.
So the league suspended Steelers rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster one game for his first offense, a crushing crack-back block on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a repeat offender of the "egregious violations" the NFL wants to end.
On a day when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension, Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell said the league needs "better leadership."
Mitchell was the most vocal among Steelers players who voiced displeasure with the league Wednesday after rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster's one-game suspension was upheld on appeal, but Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka's was rescinded and reduced to a $36,000 fine.
Vikings largely keeping clean amid rash of NFL suspensions for alleged dirty play
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he preaches to players about “playing clean” and avoiding penalties, so the former Bengals defensive coordinator likely wouldn’t have liked what he saw Monday night had he been watching.
Steelers angry, confused over conflicting discipline rulings
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NFL insists it isn't sending mixed messages as it tries to cut down on what it considers violent plays that cross the line.
The aftermath: Bengals’ Iloka has suspension overturned
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on Wednesday, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown's head.
Bengals safety Iloka has 1-game suspension overturned
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on appeal Wednesday, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown's head on Monday night.
Iloka and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster each got a one-game suspension from the NFL in the aftermath of Pittsburgh's 23-20 win at Paul Brown Stadium. Iloka hit Brown in the head while trying to break up his game-tying touchdown catch.
NFL suspends Steelers’ Smith-Schuster and Bengals’ Iloka one game each
The fallout from one of the more vicious NFL games in recent memory arrived swiftly, as the NFL on Tuesday announced one-game suspensions for Steelers rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals S George Iloka for their actions in the Steelers' come-from behind victory in Cincinnati on Monday night.
Pending appeal, Smith-Schuster will miss a Week 14 "Sunday Night Football" division showdown with the Ravens; Iloka would miss a visit from the Bears to Paul Brown Stadium next Sunday afternoon.
Five things we learned from Steelers 23, Bengals 20.
1. The hits kept coming, and fines are sure to follow.
JuJu Smith-Schuster should expect to be lighter in the wallet, and Bengals safety George Iloka likely will lose part of his paycheck as a result of the jarring hits they delivered in a rough-and-tumble game that renewed the competitive juices that has defined this series.
Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster suspended 1 game for hit on Vontaze Burfict
In the wake of Monday night's penalty- and injury-filled game between the Steelers and Bengals, it took less than 24 hours for the NFL to hand out a suspension to a player on each team.
Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati safety George Iloka each were given a one-game suspension for their respective fourth-quarter illegal hits during the Steelers' come-from-behind 23-20 victory.
Steelers’ Smith-Schuster, Bengals’ Iloka each banned 1 game
NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback George Iloka have been suspended one game each by the NFL for violating league safety rules.
‘AFC North Football’? Big questions in wake of Steelers-Bengals bloodbath
It was the quintessential train wreck that we, apparently, couldn't look away from.
The bad blood leading into it. The war of words. The jarring tackles. The bone-crunching blocks.
It was "AFC North football," Ben Roethlisberger said after the Steelers edged the Bengals, 23-20, on Monday night in Cincinnati.
But it left many wondering whether this was football at all. And if it was, is it time to question everything we think about it?