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  1. Steely McBeam

    Steelers to honor Darryl Drake with helmet decal

    Last weekend, Steelers receiver Darryl Drake unexpectedly passed away at the age of 62. Tonight and for the rest of the season, the Steelers will honor Drake’s memory with a decal on their helmets. The Steelers have announced that they’ll attach a yellow decal with Drake’s initials to the back...
  2. Steely McBeam

    NFL closes the Antonio Brown helmet loophole

    Getty Images “NFL” apparently stands for “No F–kin’ Loophole.” Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL decided to require testing of the Schutt AiR Advantage after previously informing the Raiders that, if receiver Antonio Brown could find one less than 10 years old, he could use...
  3. Steely McBeam

    Chiefs-Steelers game delayed an hour by weather

    Getty Images The Chiefs and Steelers already were supposed to have kicked off. They haven’t. Inclement weather forced officials to clear the field and the stands about an hour before the 7:30 p.m. ET scheduled kickoff. The game now is expected to start at 8:30 p.m. ET. The teams have...
  4. Steely McBeam

    Texans claim Jermaine Ponder off waivers

    Getty Images The Texans claimed cornerback Jermaine Ponder off waivers from the Steelers on Friday, the team announced. Ponder played collegiately at St. Francis University. He made 16 pass breakups last season, fifth-most in the NCAA’s FCS. Ponder signed with the Browns as an undrafted free...
  5. Steely McBeam

    Mason Rudolph to start Steelers second preseason game

    Getty Images The Steelers aren’t going to play their actual quarterback yet, so they’re trying to decide who the backup is going to be. Via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mason Rudolph will start at quarterback in Saturday’s second preseason game against the Chiefs. Josh...
  6. Steely McBeam

    Donte Moncrief returns to practice after breaking ring finger

    Getty Images Donte Moncrief came into camp with a good shot of winning the Steelers’ No. 2 wide receiver job alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and an injury early in camp may not have slowed him down much. Moncrief broke his ring finger during the team’s first padded practice and he’s been a full...
  7. Steely McBeam

    Steelers sign Micky Crum, Christian Kuntz

    Getty Images The Steelers wrap up their training camp on Thursday and they marked the occasion by making a series of roster moves. The team announced the signings of tight end Micky Crum and linebacker Christian Kuntz. Linebacker JT Jones and cornerback Jermaine Ponder were dropped from the...
  8. Steely McBeam

    Alejandro Villanueva on eating his way to 335 pounds: “You feel gross”

    Getty Images Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva was listed at 277 pounds when he first entered the NFL after a college football career at Army followed by three tours of duty in Afghanistan. That’s not big enough to be an NFL left tackle. So Villanueva has a problem many people only...
  9. Steely McBeam

    Complaining of chest pains, Darryl Drake opted not to stay overnight at hospital for observation

    Steelers receivers coach Darryl Drake went to a local hospital with chest pains on the evening he died. According to Ed Bouchette of TheAthletic.com, tests showed no abnormalities, but doctors wanted to keep Drake overnight for observation. Drake declined. He decided to return to training...
  10. Steely McBeam

    Mike Tomlin: Devin Bush’s debut reminiscent of Ryan Shazier’s debut

    Getty Images The Steelers traded up in the first round of this year’s draft in order to select Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick and the impetus for the move was what they were missing at linebacker in 2018. They were missing what Ryan Shazier brought to the middle of the defense before...
  11. Steely McBeam

    Looking at players who are worth the headache, actual or perceived

    Getty Images Raiders receiver Antonio Brown, an excellent player, has nevertheless carried plenty of headaches with him to Oakland. His situation inspired Wednesday’s PFT Live draft. Which NFL players are worth the headache? Simms and I drafted three each. They’re named in the attached video...
  12. Steely McBeam

    Steelers still grieving after loss of Darryl Drake, but “we intend to march”

    Training camp is supposed to be the time when teams sequester themselves in football, isolate themselves from every worldly distraction. Reality intruded on the Steelers, and the sudden passing of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake changed everything for the team. They returned to the practice...
  13. Steely McBeam

    Report: Hard Knocks will address Antonio Brown’s helmet, feet tonight

    Hard Knocks avoided addressing the real issue with Antonio Brown‘s feet last week. The NFL reality show also didn’t mention the receiver’s helmet issue, which already was an issue by the night of the premiere although no one outside the walls knew it. The events of the past week have made it...
  14. Steely McBeam

    Antonio Brown says his feet are feeling “a lot better”

    Antonio Brown‘s agent confirmed the star receiver’s injury to his feet. “It’s frostbite,” Drew Rosenhaus said, via Scott Bair of NBCSportsBayArea.com. Brown has finished treatment with a specialist, Rosenhaus added. PFT Live co-host Chris Simms reported a week ago that Brown injured his feet...
  15. Steely McBeam

    Antonio Brown on Hard Knocks: I’m circumcised on my feet

    Hard Knocks didn’t wait long to address Antonio Brown‘s feet Tuesday night. Three minutes into the second episode of the season, the Raiders receiver’s burned feet took center stage. “Do you want to see it?” Brown asked the NFL Films crew. “Are you sure you want to see it?” Brown showed the...
  16. Steely McBeam

    Antonio Brown offers to trade signed helmet for newer model

    Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown is on the hunt for a helmet of his preferred model that the NFL will let him wear. And he’s offering a memorabilia trade if he can get one. Brown wrote on Twitter today that if someone will give him a Schutt AiR Advantage helmet that fits him and is less than...
  17. Steely McBeam

    Will Antonio Brown find a suitable Schutt AiR Advantage?

    Getty Images The ultimate reality show now brings us the ultimate scanvenger hunt. And it remains to be seen whether Raiders receiver Antonio Brown will find a suitable Schutt AiR Advantage. Beyond the obvious fact that the helmet needs to fit Brown, it also needs to be less than 10 years old...
  18. Steely McBeam

    If/when (when) Antonio Brown loses his grievance, what happens next?

    Getty Images A decision is expected this week in the grievance filed by Raiders receiver Antonio Brown over the league’s refusal to let him wear a helmet that is too old to be recertified for 2019 — and that Schutt no longer manufactures. If/when (when) Brown loses, what happens next? In a...
  19. Steely McBeam

    Did Steelers know helmet mess was looming for Antonio Brown?

    Getty Images Raiders receiver Antonio Brown wants to wear the helmet he wore during nine seasons with the Steelers. His insistence on getting his way has become one of the strangest off-field stories in recent memory, if not ever. Here’s an interesting question about the situation: Did the...
  20. Steely McBeam

    Arbitrator rules against Antonio Brown

    Getty Images The gavel has fallen quickly, and decisively. And just in time to be addressed by this week’s episode of Hard Knocks. (Eye roll emoji. If there is one.) PFT has confirmed that a neutral, independent arbitrator has ruled against Raiders receiver Antonio Brown in a grievance filed...

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