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Monday
Feb022015

ESPN: Wide Receiver Lance Moore Requests Release

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- Unhappy with his playing time, ESPN reports that wide receiver Lance Moore has requested release his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"It didn't go the way I'd hoped it would go, but that's life in the NFL sometimes," Moore said Jan. 5 after the Steelers were eliminated in an AFC wild-card game. "It's unfortunate that it unfolded the way that it did, but I enjoyed my time here this season.

"I just want to play...whether that's here or somewhere else," he continued. "I'd love to be here, I'd love to be a part of this offense, but I think those are decisions that have to be made down the line."

Last March, Moore signed a two-year deal with the Steelers worth $3 million. The Steelers will only have to pay $322,500 towards their cap if he is indeed granted his release.

Just two seasons ago, the 31-year-old Moore had 1,041 yards for the New Orleans Saints. In 2014, Moore caught just 14 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns.


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Wednesday
Jan142015

Jerome Bettis: Pro Football Hall of Fame Would Be 'Icing on the Cake'

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jerome Bettis is one of 18 finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame that will be decided on Jan. 31, the day before Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

Bettis, who won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers, is sixth on the NFL's all-time career rushing list and is a six-time Pro Bowler.

"It would mean icing on the cake," Bettis told ABC Sports Radio on Wednesday. "I had a tremendous career. I'm proud of that. It just means that other people see what I was able to accomplish not only from a team standpoint, from a history standpoint. I think that's something that few players get the opportunity to cherish."

Tim Brown, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Junior Seau, John Lynch, Marvin Harrison, Charles Haley, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Dungy, and others are among the finalists.

"When you look at that list, there's not one guy that you say he doesn't deserve to be here," Bettis said of the nominees.  "Even if I don't get in, you understand that there are great players on that list.  Any five you pick, you're going to make a great class, I just hope I'm part of that group."

Bettis took home his first Super Bowl ring under head coach Bill Cowher in the 2005 season when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 in Super Bowl XL.

"I don't think he's going to coach anymore," Bettis said of Cowher, who's name always comes up in possible job openings.  "I think he had a couple of opportunities and if he really wanted to do it he would have done it, I think that ship has kind of passed.  He was a great coach and he deserved to win a couple more championships than he did, that was the disappointing part."

The Steelers were knocked out of the playoffs by the Ravens in the wild-card round, and Bettis believes that they need help on the defensive side of the ball in the offseason.

"It's about getting really defensive minded guys in there that can really get the job done," Bettis said.  "That cornerback position is a position of need."

Bettis is teaming up with Coca-Cola and Coke Zero to provide the best party a football fan can have at home for any Super Bowl party.


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Saturday
Jan102015

Dick LeBeau Resigns as Steelers Defensive Coordinator

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) -- Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers are going their separate ways. 

The longtime Steelers defensive coordinator told the Urbana Daily Citizen:

“I’m resigning this position, not retiring,” LeBeau said. “I had a great run in Pittsburgh. I’m grateful for all the things that have happened to me and thankful for all the support I had in Pittsburgh.”

The Steelers hired LeBeau as a defensive backs coach in 1992 and he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1995.  He would leave the Steelers in 1996 to join Cincinnati for the next six seasons, including leading the Bengals as head coach from 2000-2002.  

LeBeau rejoined the Steelers in 2004 as their defensive coordinator. In that span Pittsburgh has had three Super Bowl appearances, including two victories over the Seahawks and Cardinals. 

In 1959, The Cleveland Browns drafted LeBeau in the fifth round.  He was cut in training camp, but caught on with the Detroit Lions.  For the next 14 years, LeBeau was a part of a secondary that included Dick "Night Train" Lane, Yale Lary and Lem Barney. 

LeBeau is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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Sunday
Jan042015

Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- With just over eight minutes to play, Terrell Suggs intercepted a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass. On the next play, Joe Flacco hooked up with Crockett Gillmore for a 21-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach as the Baltimore Ravens go into Heinz Field and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Saturday, in the AFC wild-card playoff game.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was on point all game, completing 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Ravens defense got after Roethlisberger all game, pressuring him ten times, five of those ending up in sacks.

The Ravens sealed the game with under three minutes to go when Roethlisberger threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Darian Stewart.

The No. 6 seed Ravens will now make a trip to Foxborough where they'll take on the No. 1 seed New England Patriots at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday with the winner earning a trip to the AFC Championship game.


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Saturday
Jan032015

Le'Veon Bell Ruled Out for Steelers Playoff Game Saturday 

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has been ruled out for the team's AFC wild-card playoff game Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Bell has missed practice all week after hyperextending his right knee during the Steelers' win last Sunday night.

With Bell out, the Steelers will rely on undrafted rookie Josh Harris, Ben Tate and rookie Dri Archer to run the rock.

"The guys have to step up," Steelers receiver Antonio Brown said. "We know what (Bell) means to our team. I'm sure they're excited about their opportunities and we'll see what happens."

Bell finished the regular season leading the AFC in rushing with 1,361 yards. He also set a Steelers single-season record for catches with 83.


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Friday
Jan022015

Ravens Ready to Snap Playoff Losing Streak in Pittsburgh

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens are looking to turn their losing woes around in Pittsburgh on Saturday when they take on the Steelers in the wild-card round.

"We'd like to win this week," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "It's obviously something we want to do just because they're the guys that are in our way."

Baltimore has lost three games in a row at Heinz Field in the playoffs. When asked about the losing streak, Flacco said, "It hasn't been something that's specifically came up. I know that we've lost there a couple times since I've been there.  It's not really of any importance at this point."

"We kind of already know what the atmosphere is going to be like," Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said of the AFC North rivalry. "I think that's what makes this game so special.  I'm definitely going to enjoy it."

The Ravens are 4-4 on the road this year and needed help from the Chiefs last weekend to punch their ticket into the wild-card round.

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Thursday
Jan012015

Ben Roethlisberger on Ravens Matchup: 'What the NFL Wanted'

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ready for another showdown with the Ravens on Saturday in the wild-card round.

Pittsburgh is 6-2 at home this year and will be seeing their AFC North rivals for the third time this year.

"Here we go again," Roethlisberger said of the rivalry.  "This is probably what the NFL wanted more than anything."

The Steelers are 3-0 against Baltimore in their playoff matchups at home.

"It's a great challenge," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "It's another playoff game there. We'd like to win one, one of these days."

Roethlisberger has led the offense to 27.3 points per game, but they could be without running back Le'Veon Bell.

"It's the playoffs," Roethlisberger said of stepping it up a notch with Bell's status up in the air.  "It's a sense of urgency from all of us.  I'm not going to rule anyone out yet, I'm not a doctor, but we'll see what happens."

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Tuesday
Dec302014

ESPN: Steelers Expected to Sign Running Back Ben Tate

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the status of running back LeVeon Bell uncertain for the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate, according to ESPN.

Bell suffered a hyperextended knee during the team's win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. While the injury could have been much worse, the team is unsure when he'll be able to hit the field again.

The Steelers will be the third team Tate's suited up for this season.

The 26-year-old Tate spent the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. He ran for 942 yards his rookie year in 2011 and looked like he could be a feature back while he backup up Pro Bowler Arian Foster.

Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns during this past offseason. He wound up struggling, running for 333 yards on 106 carries before being cut midseason.

The Minnesota Vikings pickup him up, but he had just 38 rushing yards on 13 carries, and was again cut.


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Tuesday
Dec302014

ESPN: MRI Reveals No Ligament Damage in Le'Veon Bell's Knee

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell had an MRI on his injured knee that revealed no ligament damage, according to ESPN.

Bell was hurt during the team's game Sunday night versus the Cincinnati Bengals when Bengals safety Reggie Nelson laid a hit directly on Bell's right knee.

Despite the positive MRI, ESPN reports if Bell is to play in the team's playoff game Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens, he will do so through considerable pain.

Bell led the AFC in rushing this season with 1,361 yards. He also caught a Steelers single-season record for running backs 83 passes and scored 11 touchdowns.


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Sunday
Dec282014

Scoreboard Roundup - 12/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Baltimore Ravens 20 (10-6) - Cleveland Browns 10 (7-9) 

Dallas Cowboys 44 (12-4) - Washington Redskins 17 (4-12)

Indianapolis Colts 27 (11-5) - Tennessee Titans 10 (2-14) 

Houston Texans 23 (9-7) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (3-13)

New York Jets 37 (4-12) - Miami Dolphins 24 (8-8)

Kansas City Chiefs 19 (9-7) - San Diego Chargers 7 (9-7)

Minnesota Vikings 13 (7-9) - Chicago Bears 9 (5-11)

Buffalo Bills 17 (9-7) - New England Patriots 9 (12-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (10-6) - New York Giants 26 (6-10)

New Orleans Saints 23 (7-9) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 (2-14)

Carolina Panthers 34 (7-8-1) - Atlanta Falcons 3 (6-10) 

Green Bay Packers 30 (12-4) - Detroit Lions 20 (11-5)

San Francisco 49ers 20 (8-8) - Arizona Cardinals 17 (11-5)

Seattle Seahawks 20 (12-4) - St. Louis Rams 6 (6-10)

Denver Broncos 47 (12-4) - Oakland Raiders 14 (3-13)

Pittsburgh Steelers 27 (11-5) - Cincinnati Bengals 17 (10-5-1)

NBA: Detroit Pistons 103 (7-23) - Cleveland Cavaliers 80 (18-12)

San Antonio Spurs 110 (19-13) - Houston Rockets 106 (21-8)

Dallas Mavericks 112 (22-10) - Oklahoma City Thunder 107 (15-17)

Portland Trail Blazers 101 (25-7) - New York Knicks 79 (5-28)

Toronto Raptors 116 (24-7) - Denver Nuggets 102 (13-18)

Phoenix Suns 116 (17-14) - Los Angeles Lakers 107 (9-21)

NHL: Florida Panthers 6 (16-9-8, 40pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (20-13-3, 43pts)

Anaheim Ducks 2 (24-8-6, 54pts) - Vancouver Canucks 1 (20-11-3, 43pts) - Overtime

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (6) Wisconsin 68 (12-1) - Buffalo 56 (7-3)

Stony Brook 62 (8-6) - (13) Washington 57 (11-1)

(17) St. John's 82 (11-1) - Tulane 57 (9-3) 

(23) Northern Iowa 74 (11-1) - South Dakota State 63 (9-5)


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