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AFC North Notes: The deal on Rice’s deal?

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ITEM: What’s real regarding Rice negotiations?Over the last week, there have been three different reports regarding the status of negotiations between the Baltimore Ravens and Ray Rice on a long-te...

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Polamalu, Foote think kids should play football

Three weeks ago, I desperately wanted a break from all the stories about whether kids should play football.  Now, I desperately want a break from all the stories about the back-to-the-future toxic relationship between the NFL and the NFLPA. And, of course, the respite comes via another story about whether kids should play football. But…

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Steelers LB Larry Foote Says Things Are Different This Year

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Steelers LB Larry Foote sat down with Jim Colony from The Fan Morning Show to talk about how the faces have really changed this year.

He also says that when he returned to the Steelers, it was so he would have a chance to play next to James Farrior… now he tells Jim he is replacing Farrior.

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10 Observations From The Pittsburgh Steelers First OTA Practices Of 2012

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It might have been just Pittsburgh Steelers football in shorts, but it was football nonetheless as the Black and Gold hit the field for their first OTA session of the 2012 season this past week. While these OTA sessions are not filled with huge earth shattering revelations, there were a 10 things that came out of it that warrant notation and I have listed them below. Make sure to add yours in the comments below.

No Real Tackle Clarity – Rookie Mike Adams will miss all three OTA sessions, but should be able to participate in the mini-camp due to Ohio State rules. In the mean time we were treated Read more [...]

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Report: Former Steelers LB James Farrior Talking With Steelers About Retirement

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MIAMI - OCTOBER 24:  Linebacker James Farrior #51 returns an interception against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 24 2010 in Miami Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Ralph Cindrich, the agent of former Steelers LB James Farrior, said his free agent client is in discussion right now with the Pittsburgh Steelers about retirement. Cindrich said this on FM 93.7 The Fan radio in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon.

Farrior, a free agent, was released by the Steelers this off-season in the team’s roster purging. WR Hines Ward was also released, only to return to Pittsburgh to announce his retirement after testing the free agency market.

Farrior played with the Steelers from 2002-11, earning two Pro Bowl bids and two All-Pro selections, both coming in 2004 and 2008. He was the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up to Baltimore’s Ed Reed in 2004. Originally drafted by the Jets with the 8th overall pick of the 1998 draft, Farrior, in his prime, fit perfectly as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. A great blend of athleticism and intelligence made him a captain on the Steelers, and was generally regarded as the team’s defensive leader for the last decade.

The Steelers have already moved on from Farrior, looking to replace him in the short term with veteran Larry Foote, and possibly long term with Stevenson Sylvester, a third-year pro from Utah.

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Rashard Mendenhall believes he could play week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall believes that he’ll not only play in 2012, but he could be ready for the season opener on September 9th.
“There’s always the possibility,” Mendenhall said. “I’ll be back at some point. It’s just a matter of what point that is.”
The Steelers haven’t been as optimistic since Mendenhall tore his ACL on January 1st and it takes almost a year to be fully heal.  They’re going into this season with the mindset that he may not play.
When Mendenhall was asked if there’s a chance he doesn’t play in 2012 he said,  “I don’t see that happening at all.”

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Steelers 2012 OTA First Week Brings Excitement for 2012 Season


We've seen a few storylines emerge as the Steelers powered through the first week of Phase 3 OTAs. Some good things, some bad things, and a lot to look forward to starting with the next set of three OTA sessions beginning May 29.

Johnson vs. Johnson

The conversion of David Johnson to fullback and his subsequent battle with rookie UDFA Will Johnson, the Workout Warrior of West Virginia, is something that may heat up quickly from minicamp straight to training camp.

It's hard not to love Will Johnson's attitude. After having gone undrafted in 2011, and the lockout-induced chaos the league went through, he wasn't able to land on a roster. The Steelers signed him after a workout they watched in March. His strength, size and speed could give him an advantage over the athletically limited David Johnson, but his lack of experience will hinder him this year.

David Johnson has positional flexibility over Will Johnson. He's heavier, and is going to be the more polished blocker of the two from an inline perspective. David Johnson gives the Steelers all three positions - fullback, H-back and tight end.

Redman, Rainey and Mendenhall

The Steelers' running back corps will be deep this year, and the current group they have (Rashard Mendenhall, Chris Rainey, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, John Clay and Baron Batch) aren't all going to make the team, especially with the alleged intention to keep a fullback on the roster.

Even the release of a tight end upon TE Weslye Saunders' return to the lineup after Week 4 doesn't seem to benefit the backs. Mendenhall is rehabbing but doesn't appear to be near a return (read: after Week 1 at the earliest). Redman will continue filling in as the feature back, something he's looking forward to, per the Erie Times-News.

Also mentioned in that article was rookie Chris Rainey flying down the sideline to haul in a "rainbow" pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger. RB fly patterns...remember that.

Gilbert has no intentions of letting go of left tackle spot

The Steelers prepared this offseason with Marcus Gilbert penciled in at left tackle. That changed as soon as they selected Mike Adams in the second round. But Gilbert got the benefit of playing on the left side while Adams' college class finished up their course work this past week.

Adams is said to be given the first crack at it, but with veterans Jonathan Scott and Trai Essex waiting in the wings should he falter, it seems Gilbert is pretty much a certainty to start on the right side.

Corners preparing for battle

We've heard from Keenan Lewis and we've written on Cortez Allen. Lewis has Pro Bowl aspirations after putting his time in the Steelers' system. Allen is physically gifted and probably well ahead of schedule in his second year. What about Brown? He figures to be a lock for special teams stardom this year, and, due to him being arguably the best athlete of his cornerback brethren, still could surprise in training camp. His progress from Year 1 to Year 2 will be intriguing to watch, to say the least.

Roethlisberger's grasp of the offense

For whatever he says, Roethlisberger is a seasoned professional, and he'll eventually understand the Rosetta Stone. While it may be better overall for him to stop lofting softballs at the media and at least try to mention something he likes about the offense, what matters is his preparation on the field.

Whether it's him griping about a lack of perceived deeper pass opportunities, or him feeling like he's being targeted for the team's offensive slump in 2011, he has ample opportunity to learn the offense (doesn't have to be done in one day, mind you) and be the same highly productive player he is.

Maybe he's just letting off steam. We'll give him that, and hope he continues to do whatever he needs to do to enable him to lead this offense.

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OTAs – Week One Recap

The Steelers went back to work as they conducted their first week of organized team activities at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on the South Side

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Gilbert excited about potential move to left

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The Steelers’ plan is to have rookie second-round pick Mike Adams take over...

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