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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin brushes aside calls to bench QB Mason Rudolph

There is a growing question whether the Pittsburgh Steelers are starting their best quarterback in Mason Rudolph.  There have been some growing calls for the Steelers to replace Rudolph with rookie Devlin Hodges, who won his lone start of the season on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers. Coach Mike Tomlin, however, has no plans to bench Rudolph as long as he takes care of the football. “We like Mason. We like what he’s done throughout this team development process,” Tomlin...

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NFL upholds 1-game ban for Browns' Ogunjobi

The NFL upheld the one-game suspension for Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi for shoving Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph from behind.

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Browns great Joe Thomas criticizes Mason Rudolph, Steelers over statement addressing brawl

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph spoke with the media on Wednesday for the first time since his infamous altercation with Myles Garrett last week, and one of the best players in Cleveland Browns history was not impressed with the way the Steelers handled the situation. Rudolph began by reading a prepared statement, in which he apologized for his role in the scrum and said he should have done a better job of keeping his cool. He also explained he became angry with what he felt was a late hit from...

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Steelers Injury Report: Even with the extended time off, several players are still dealing with injuries

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While several players did return, two former Pro Bowl players were unable to practice.

It has been six days since the Pittsburgh Steelers’ last game. According to the Steelers PR Department, there were six players who did not participate in the first practice of the week as the Steelers prepare for their Week 12 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Three players for the Steelers are currently in the NFL concussion protocol as a result of last...

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BTSC Bookie: Betting the NFL Week 12 games against the spread

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It’s time for the BTSC community to show they could cash in betting on NFL football games, this time on games against the spread

It is time for the Week 12 installment of BTSC Bookie! This is a chance for the BTSC community to collectively choose games in which to place an imaginary wager of “BTSC Bucks.” Each week I will remind everyone of the rules before voting on specific bets and the type of wagers we want to do next week.

Before I get...

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Steelers stars JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner unlikely to play Sunday

Pretty much playing for playoff relevance in Week 12 against the winless Cincinnati Bengals, it looks like the 5-5 Pittsburgh Steelers will be without a major weapon. According to Jeremy Fowler or ESPN, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is unlikely to play Sunday. The Pro Bowler suffered a concussion in last Thursday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns. He is also said to be dealing with a minor knee injury. This could be a major blow for Pittsburgh as it looks to knock off the worst team in...

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Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster's Knee Injury Not Serious, Likely out vs. Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is "not expected" to play in Week 12 with knee and concussion concerns, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN: The Steelers have already ...

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JuJu unlikely to play vs. Bengals, source says

The Steelers are expected to be without wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster against the Bengals on Sunday, a source tells ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

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Source: Garrett appeal points to 2013 Smith ban

Myles Garrett and the NFLPA argued during an appeal hearing that the indefinite ban for the Browns star -- as compared to Antonio Smith's suspension in 2013 for swinging his helmet at another player -- is overly excessive.

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Mason Rudolph breaks silence regarding Steelers vs. Browns fight, and Myles Garrett

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The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback broke his silence since the Week 11 incident on Thursday Night Football.

The Pittsburgh Steelers want to move on from Week 11, and rightfully so. The way the 21-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football played out, the team wanted to get ahead of the media storm heading into Week 12.

What does that entail? It entails quarterback Mason Rudolph having an impromptu media session before a team walk-through on...

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Steelers add a center to the practice squad to prepare for the absence of Maurkice Pouncey

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to not have Maurkice Pouncey available, and have done so by adding a center to their practice squad.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for life without Maurkice Pouncey, who is set to start serving his three-game suspension in Week 12, by signing center J.C. Hassenauer to their practice squad.

We have added C J.C. Hassenauer to our practice squad and released TE Kevin Rader.

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Rudolph regrets his actions, is OK with Garrett

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 him in the head with a helmet.

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Who exactly is coordinating the Steelers’ running game?

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It was reported Mike Munchak was the running game coordinator in 2018, so who took over the duties for this season?

Earlier this season, it was mentioned by former Steelers’ safety Ryan Clark that the Steelers running game was coordinated by Mike Munchak in 2018. With Munchak’s departure to Denver in the off-season, which Steelers’ coach took over this important role in making sure the game plan was instituted for the rushing...

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5 plays that highlight James Conner’s struggles within the 2019 Steelers offense

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Looking at James Conner’s runs from the Week 11 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

The run game has been a topic of great debate and discussion this season. From run blocking to RB vision to breaking tackles to scheme, the run game has been front and center in the minds of Steeler fans.

This week we’re going to look at James Conner’s runs against the Cleveland Browns. It works out nicely, he only ran the ball five times, which...

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Point/Counterpoint: Why the Steelers can’t sustain winning games “ugly”

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BTSC writers Tony Defeo and Bryan Anthony Davis offer differing opinions on whether or not the Steelers can continue winning games in which the offense struggles.

The Steelers have rebounded from a seemingly disastrous 1-4 start and are currently sitting as the No. 8 seed in the AFC. To realize the playoffs at the end of the regular season, the team is going to have to win games. The problem remains that their offense has struggled mightily and the...

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The good, bad and ugly from the leaked NFL CBA proposal for the 2020 season

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The NFL and NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire after this season. There was some leaked information on the proposal, and I give you my thoughts on it...

Rumors floated out last week regarding the NFL owners and the NFLPA negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that would take effect in 2021. The leak had many changes that could affect everything from the length of the season to expanding roster sizes.

Let’s dig into...

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Black and Gold Links: Could a newly signed WR be the deep threat the Steelers have needed?

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Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving into Week 12 of the NFL regular season, and as the team prepares for the Cincinnati Bengals, we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until the next game starts!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how a newly signed wide receiver could be the big play threat the Steelers have lacked so...

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Podcast: What happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers running game?

In the latest BTSC podcast, our Steelers ‘Stat Geek’ breaks down the numbers surrounding the black-and-gold.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is underway, and the news is just starting to heat up. With a surge of Steelers news, it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC podcast The Steelers Stat Geek. On this show deputy editor Dave Schofield breaks down all things Steelers stats, and also...

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BTSC Survivor Pool Update: Getting past the close call

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The Minnesota Vikings had nearly half of those remaining sweating until the very end

The Behind The Steel Curtain survivor pool finished up its eleventh week where only seven contestants remain. While technically we started with 592 entries, I had one entry in each league as the commissioner so there were 587 different contestants. Hundreds have entered, but only one can go home with the autographed David DeCastro football. The...

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The Steelers bring back Tuzar Skipper to the 53-man roster

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Originally on the Steelers roster out of training camp, Skipper was claimed off waivers by the New York Giants in Week 1

Much to the delight of many Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans, the team has signed Tuzar Skipper to the 53-man roster.

We have re-signed LB Tuzar Skipper and placed DE L.T. Walton on the Reserve/Injured List.@BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/64HVcZo4vR pic.twitter.com/jt4KImGUbP

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