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Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback Keenan Lewis Injured During Day Four of Training Camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished off their first set of practices today with what is being called a competitive and spirited practice at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe focusing offensively on the short passing and running games. These two elements of the offense have been a hot topic since new offensive coordinator Todd Haley was brought in.This …

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Former Steelers OL Trevis Turner Suspended Four Games


A league source confirmed with Scout.com writer Aaron Wilson former Steelers OL Trevis Turner has been suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for an undisclosed reason.

Turner was an undrafted free agent in 2011, and was on the team’s practice squad last season. He was released in May, possibly in wake of an upcoming suspension.

Turner didn’t figure to be a favorite to make the 53-man roster, but he did have practice squad eligibility, and could have been someone the team monitored the progress of through this season.

Not that it’d be impossible for his career to resume. Whomever takes him, though, gets the benefit of taking on a guy who hasn’t played in the NFL but will miss one quarter of the season. While he may not have figured into the Steelers’ future plans as of this off-season, you can’t coach size, and Turner has plenty of that.

Turner was a Division II All America selection out of Abeline Christian in 2011.

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Former Steelers Undrafted Tackle Trevis Turner Suspended Four Games

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It was a little bit of a shock this past off-season when the Steelers waived tackle Trevis Turner from the roster in mid May, but now we might know the reason why. Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter that Turner, now a free agent, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for an unspecified reason.

Turner was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers last off-season out of Abilene Christian and he spent his rookie season on the Steelers practice squad. Turner was signed back to the expanded off-season roster following the Read more […]

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‘He Should Be Here’, Says Art Rooney II – What Were Those Four Words Worth?

Any time that Pittsburgh Steelers Team President Art Rooney II talks, it is usually news worthy. Rooney II, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, said Wednesday in regard to restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, “He should be here.”

When NFL Total Access reported those four words Wednesday evening on their broadcast, they said take them for what they are worth. What were they worth? What message was Rooney II trying to send with those four words, and exactly what context were they used in? He obviously knew the statement would make news, but without additional Read more […]

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Many Ohio-Based Contributions to Steelers’ Success Over Four Decades

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If you have been a fan of professional football in Ohio (Bengals or Browns) the last two decades have been tough times. If you are a 20-something football fan, especially if you are a Steelers fan, it might be tempting to think that Ohio does not, maybe never amounted to much of anything football wise. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only have individuals and teams with Ohio roots been at least as instrumental in the development and success of professional football as Pennsylvania, but just as important the Steelers success over the past 42 years, including its six Super Bowl victories, would have been impossible without the input and guidance of Ohioans.

The organization that would come to be known as the National Football League was founded in 1920 In Canton, Ohio. Jim Thorpe of the Canton Bulldogs was named the first league president. Several Ohio franchises represented the largest contingent of the original franchises with the Akron Pros claiming the first league championship.

Paul Brown

Brown was one of the most successful and influential figures in league history. The native of Massillon began his career coaching for his hometown high school team, influenced by the techniques of University of Pittsburgh head coach “Jock” Sutherland. Brown would then move on to Ohio State and would lead the Buckeyes to their first national championship. Brown basically founded both of the current NFL Ohio franchises; the Browns (named after him) in the 1940s and the Bengals in the late ‘60s.

Brown had a well-deserved reputation as an innovator. He introduced face masks to helmets on the professional level, intelligence tests as a form of player evaluation, classroom game preparation, game film libraries, the use of radio transmitters to communicate with players on the field, a messenger guard system for sending in plays and an offensive system that was the ancestor of the West Coast Offense (Bill Walsh was an assistant under Brown at Cincinnati). He also led the way in the desegregation of the sport breaking with the practice of excluding African American players when he signed Hall of Famers Marion Motley and Bill Willis in 1946. This occurred a year before Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball.

What follows may be difficult for younger fans to comprehend, but the Cleveland Browns under Paul Brown’s tenure were wildly successful during the late ‘40s, ‘50s and early ‘60s. Beginning their existence in the All American Football Conference, they won all four league championships. They then shocked the football world when they joined the NFL in 1950 and in their very first game solidly defeated the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles. They went on to win the league championship that year, with Brown being the first man to win a National Collegiate Championship and an NFL Championship. During the seventeen years he was at the helm of the Browns (1946 – 1962) the team played in twelve league championship games, winning seven. In the eight years as the head of the Bengals he won two divisional crowns. And, if you were wondering, the Browns mopped the floor with the Steelers in those days the way the Steelers mop the floor with the Browns now.

Chuck Noll

One of the messenger guards on those ‘50s Browns teams was Noll who hailed from Cleveland. While technically Noll is considered part of the Sid Gillman and Don Shula coaching trees, he was clearly heavily influenced by Brown in his football evolution. He brought the attention to detail, innovative techniques, and, perhaps most importantly, the culture of winning to Pittsburgh. The results are now clearly apparent to all.

One area where Noll continued in the path trail blazed by Brown was in the advancement of minority, and especially African American talent. The Rooneys had their own honorable record in this regard, but Noll, in particular stood out as well. Long time Steeler scout and personnel evaluator Bill Nunn successfully incorporated historically black colleges and universities under the Steelers recruitment umbrella with spectacular results. Though he gave plenty of credit to the Rooneys for his position within the Steelers family, he reserved his highest praise for Noll, saying that he “did not see color.” Marlin Briscoe (Denver) and James Harris (Buffalo) played the position for old AFL teams, but Joe Gilliam is credited with being the first starting black quarterback for an old line NFL franchise. Franco Harris was the first African American Super Bowl MVP and Tony Dungy was the first black to occupy a coordinator position in the NFL. Considering that Mike Tomlin is a product of the Dungy coaching tree, the influence of Noll resonates to this day.

Dick LeBeau

My grandparents lived in a small Ohio town southeast of Dayton named Xenia. Before the completion of the Interstate Highway system our route to Xenia passed through a small town by the name of London, which is the hometown of Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. LeBeau would play at Ohio State under the man who succeeded Paul Brown as Buckeyes head coach, Woody Hayes. LeBeau then went on to have a HOF career as a cornerback for the Detroit Lions.

But LeBeau’s greatest contribution to the game may be the defensive innovation known as the Zone Blitz. Coach Dad has said that this defensive system was developed in response the run and shoot offense that was successfully functioning for division rival Houston at the time, as well as the West Coast Offense (Brown, remember). LeBeau’s defenses are currently the state of the art in the NFL, and he is in the conversation for consideration as the best defensive coordinator in the history of the game.

Ben and Company

We can’t leave this subject without some consideration to players who also have Ohio ties, having lived in the state or having played for one of its schools. Chief among this group is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (Findley, Ohio and Miami (Ohio) University). This also includes James Harrison (Kent State), Cameron Heyward and rookie Mike Adams (Ohio State). A short list of former players with Ohio ties would include Jack Lambert (Kent State), Santonio Holmes (Ohio State) and Nate Washington (Tiffin).

As you can see, while we are in the habit of sneering at our next door neighbors, without some major contributions and influences the Steelers would hardly be the Steelers that we know and love. The Buckeye State has an extraordinary football tradition, and it is unlikely their teams will remain doormats forever.

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Steelers Sign 7th Round Pick Kelvin Beachum to a Four Year Deal


Pittsburgh formally has two SMU products on the roster.

Seventh-round pick Kelvin Beachum agreed to a four-year deal with the team Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Beachum, a 6-foot-1, 306-pound offensive guard, joins WR Emmanuel Sanders as SMU football alumni for the Steelers. He’ll look to add to the depth of the suddenly formidable Steelers offensive line. Even with the selection of David DeCastro in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, guard is an open position for the Steelers. Two of the Steelers’ starters at right and left guard in 2011, Ramon Foster and Doug Legursky, are free agents in 2013, and another starter, Chris Kemoeatu, was released this offseason.

Neither Foster nor Legursky were drafted, and Kemoeatu was a 6th round pick, so certainly there’s precedent for Beachum to potentially earn a roster spot in a season or two.

Another key is his character. From Steelers.com: eachum also had an impact off the field, serving as a student representative to the SMU Board of Trustees and as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was also on SMU President R. Gerald Turner’s Commission on Substance Abuse, the Student Affairs Leadership Council and the SMU Athletic Council.

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Now with four 7th Round picks should the Steelers target Larry Grant?

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The Steelers have made very little noise in the free agent market.  What rumors there have been were faint if even a flutter.  Much of the dust has settled in now and the big names have come off the board.  This is when the Steelers normally make their dip into the free agent market and get some role players.
One guy who I think would be a great target would be Larry Grant.  He is a 6’1 and 250 inside linebacker.  Grant was a back up for the 49ers last season.  He saw limited action in the first 12 games.  He did most of his work on special teams.  Grant is a restricted free agent for the San Francisco 49ers.
In week 13 though Patrick Willis went down with a hamstring injury.  Grant got his chance to play and did he ever play well.  In first game he came off the bench and had 6 tackles.  Five of them being solo tackles.  He also had a sack in that game.
Grant got to start the next 3 games as Patrick Willis healed from the injury.  Grant made the most of that time.  In those 3 …

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Four veteran Steelers cut free to negotiate with other teams

The Steelers officially released the four veterans they announced last week would be cut, and all four are free to negotiate with other NFL teams.

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Steelers Sign Three Players, Relase Four

The Pittsburgh Steelers have made some minor roster moves. They announced today on their team site the terms of the moves.
They have signed CB Myron Rolle, WR Juamorris Stewart, and LB Brandon Hicks. Rolle, who played college ball at Florida State, was one of the best players at his position coming out of high school.
Rolle played safety for the Seminoles before making the switch to corner in the NFL. He is better known for his decision to opt-out of the 2009 Draft in order to pursue a Master of Science Degree at Oxford University. He was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the 6th round of the 2010 Draft, then released him prior to this season.
In addition to adding these three players, the Steelers have terminated the contracts of CB Bryant McFadden and WR Arnaz Battle. They have also waived LB Erik Clanton and TE Miguel Chavis.

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