Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says he regrets his actions from the brawl with the Browns and doesn't have ill will toward Myles Garrett, who hit Rudolph in the head with a helmet.
The NFL world did not have any sympathy for Myles Garrett
The Steelers clearly believe in Mason Rudolph. Or they have faith that Ben Roethlisberger, a 37-year-old with a history of injuries who’s about to undergo major elbow surgery, will return to full strength in 2020. Otherwise, Pittsburgh would not have made the win-now move to trade next year’s first-round pick for a DB Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The disconnect between the old and the new in the NFL was impossible to ignore in Week 2. As veteran quarterbacks Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger both went down with injuries and watched their teams struggle, young, talented QBs Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Dak Prescott all put together stellar performances as their teams improved to 2-0. Brees is now set to miss at least six weeks after having thumb surgery, and Roethlisberger has been ruled out for the rest of the season because he needs surgery on his elbow.
It's Mason Rudolph time in Pittsburgh. With Ben Roethlisberger out for the year with an elbow injury, the second-year quarterback picked in the third-round out of Oklahoma State takes center stage for the Steelers after their 0-2 start. Rudolph was my No. 1 quarterback and No. 10 overall prospect in the famed 2018 draft class that featured Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Lamar Jackson all going in the first round. My pre-draft comparison for him was Dak Prescott.
In a baptism by fire as a real GM, Mayock didn't blink. Brown comes with baggage, but the move was a big victory for Mayock and Jon Gruden's rebuild.
After the negotiations with the Bills fell apart, the Steelers’ market to trade Brown was down to three teams—one of which was the Raiders. But even this deal almost didn’t make it.
Antonio Brown heads to the Raiders for a few modest draft picks and leaves the Steelers with a lot of dead money.
Teams that have spoken to the Pittsburgh Steelers about a potential Antonio Brown trade have been told that a deal is expected to be in place by Friday, league sources tell ESPN. Any trade that is agreed upon can't be officially announced until next Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, when the 2019 league year begins. It is likely Brown will want a restructured contract from any team that acquires him. Brown has three years remaining on his deal, with scheduled base salaries of $12.625 million in 2019, $11.3 million in 2020 and $12.5 million in 2021, but he has no guaranteed money remaining on the contract.
It wasn’t long ago that running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown were sharing the field for the Steelers offense, but they may both be wearing other uniforms by the time the 2019 season gets underway.
It wasn't a surprise that Antonio Brown didn't play in the regular-season finale against the Bengals. What was surprising, however, was the real reason he wasn't active. Originally, the Steelers said the Pro Bowl receiver was struggling with a knee injury. Turns out, Brown had a midweek practice temper tantrum directed at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He went missing in the days before the game and by Sunday, he was on the sidelines in his civvies.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, who caught 11 passes for 115 yards Sunday, took the blame for a costly loss due to his fourth-quarter fumble. "That loss was on me," he tweeted.
Tension on the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff could lead to changes, including the possible firing of offensive coordinator Todd Haley and/or head coach Hue Jackson, if the team continues to lose games, sources told ESPN. NFL Network was the first to report the possible moves, saying they are caused by dysfunction within the team on offense. Jackson and Haley have been at odds, and their respect for each other is not good enough for the team to be successful, the source said.
Despite the expectation that Le'Veon Bell would report back to Pittsburgh this week, the Steelers have not heard anything from the running back and still don't know when he will return, sources tell ESPN. There are some sources around the league who believe that because Bell does not want to be traded, he will wait until after the NFL's Oct. 30 trade deadline to return to work.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are now listening to trade offers for running back Le'Veon Bell, league sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Just two weeks ago, sources said that the team did not plan to trade Bell or rescind his franchise tag. Following a tie with the lowly Browns and a dismantling by the Chiefs, Pittsburgh appears to have changed its tune.
Bell is now off the depth chart, and the player-team relationship is, at best, icy. Here's what we know -- and don't -- as the stalemate continues.
After the Steelers and running back Le'Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension before Monday's 4 p.m. franchise tag deadline, Bell's agent told ESPN, "This now likely will be Le'Veon's last season as a Steeler."
The Steelers didn’t look very far for offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s replacement, promoting longtime quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to the position on Thursday, four days after Pittsburgh’s season ended with a divisional round playoff loss to Jacksonville. The Steelers chose not to renew Haley’s contract, opening the door for Fichtner to take over one of the league’s most dynamic offenses. The 54-year-old Fichtner last called plays while serving as offensive coordinator at Memphis from 2001-06.
The scene in the Steelers' locker room on Wednesday was jarring. A player with five Pro Bowl appearances, two Super Bowl rings and 80.5 sacks typically would be celebrated by his former teammates as the door closes on an era. Instead, linebacker James Harrison got excoriated from all angles.
There are several huge matchups in Week 15 of the NFL season, none bigger than the showdown between the Patriots and the Steelers. After opening as one-point favorites, the Patriots are now favored by 2.5. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 53, down one from the opener. It's the highest total of the week.