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Steelers DST can't stop Baltimore Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Steelers DST had a tough time Week 2 against the Ravens.

Turnovers by the Pittsburgh offense were partly to blame for the performance. The Ravens managed to score 10 points on drives following turnovers. For the most part, the Steelers DST took on a bend but don't break mentality. Baltimore wound up kicking four field goals during the contest. Pittsburgh couldn't get anything going to throw the Ravens off their game. The team did not record any sacks, interceptions or fumbles during the game.

Pittsburgh will look for more Week 3 against the Panthers. 


Steelers DST gives meager effort against Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) A fine first half was ruined by a rotten second one for the Steelers DST on Sunday against Cleveland.

The result was 389 yards allowed and no turnovers. The unit provided points only through three sacks. Cornerback Ike Taylor dropped an easy pick on the goal line in the second half.


Cortez Allen signs five-year extension with Steelers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Steelers have signed cornerback Cortez Allen to a five-year contract that will keep him with the team through the 2018 season, according to the NFL Network. Allen appeared in a career-high 14 games last season, eight of which he received the starting nod. He registered a career-high 44 tackles.

Brice McCain a no-go for Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Steelers cornerback Brice McCain was unable to practice Friday and was officially ruled out for Week 1 against the Browns because of a groin injury. McCain sustained the injury in the preseason finale and hasn't been able to fully recover.

Jason Worilds won't play preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds is not expected to play Thursday against the Panthers in a preseason finale. His status remains up in the air for Week 1 of the season on Sept. 7.

Jason Worilds exits game with knee injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds was forced out of Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles in Philadelphia with a right knee injury. He left the game in the second half and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He left the game as a precaution, and structurally, his knee is "fine" per the NFL Network. He registered three total tackles before leaving the game.

Troy Polamalu feeling good


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, entering his 12th season, said he feels a little better physically than he did at this point last year, reports ESPN.com. Polamalu made five tackles in just over a quarter Saturday night against the Bills.

"It was nice to see some live action," he said. "I feel good."

Polamalu did not miss a snap last year. He will try to play all 16 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-05.


Ryan Shazier looks like a Day 1 fit with Steelers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) It appears that rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier will fit in with the Steelers starting unit right away. Shazier worked with the first-team defense in the spring and didn't look lost according to ESPN. He's sorely needed on a defense that uncharacteristically struggled to slow down the run in 2013. 

"He understands concepts very well," linebackers coach Keith Butler said. "He reminds me a lot of Larry Foote in terms of football intelligence, and he's a very sharp guy."


Steelers draft DL Stephon Tuitt


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) With the No. 46 pick in the NFL Draft, the Steelers selected defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt from Notre Dame.

Tuitt is 6-foot-6, 304 pounds. He finished his career at Notre Dame with 21.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 28 starts.

Tuitt will provide depth along the Steelers defensive line and help the Steelers DST


Steelers select LB Ryan Shazier


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) With the No. 15 pick in the NFL Draft, the Steelers selected linebacker Ryan Shazier from Ohio State.

Shazier is 6-foot-1, 237 pounds and had 101 tackles in 2013. He played both inside and outside linebacker for the Buckeyes and will help the Steelers and the Steelers DST .

He will likely play inside linebacker for the Steelers next to Lawrence Timmons.


Steelers add Mike Mitchell on five-year deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Free agent safety Mike Mitchell signed a five-year deal worth $25 million with the Steelers Tuesday, at the start of the free agency period. ESPN.com confirmed the financial terms of the deal Tuesday night.

Mitchell will receive a big time increase over the $1 million he made during his breakout season for the Panthers last year, during which he record 67 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. 


Ike Taylor stays put with Steelers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Veteran defensive back Ike Taylor announced on Twitter he's re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. Taylor will likely be taking a paycut with the Steelers his time around. He registered 63 tackles last season.

Troy Polamalu gets two-year extension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) The Steelers gave safety Troy Polamalu a two-year contract extension, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Terms were not immediately available.

Jason Worilds signs transition tender


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds signed his transition tag and is scheduled to make $9.75 million for the 2014 season, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The team and Worilds have made progress in negotiating a long-term deal and "that will be the goal of both parties now," La Canfora wrote.

Nose tackle a problem for Steelers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) The Steelers are looking to upgrade the middle of their defensive line after nose tackle Steve McLendon's performance in 2013, reports ESPN.com. McLendon made his average tackle after a gain of 3.0 yards, worst of any starting nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, according to Football Outsiders.

Pittsburgh gave up 125 rushing yards per game after yielding 95 yards per game in 2012. McLendon is signed through 2015, but most expect the Steelers to take a defensive tackle early in the draft.


Cortez Allen wants to be lockdown corner


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/10/2014) Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen would like to become a shadow corner and follow around the opposing team's best receiver, reports the official team website. He would be replacing Ike Taylor in that role if it happens in 2014. 

"Of course," Allen said. "I've always liked to challenge myself. I've always wanted that challenge just to see how I match up. And it's always fun to go against talent like that. Ike's done it before me. Hopefully, one day I'll be in that position to be the level of player that he is. It's a day-by-day process. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can from him and the guys around me. Wherever I am in the defense, wherever they see fit, what's best for the team, then that’s where I'll be. I've never been a guy who said, 'I want to play on this side or that side.' We’re both capable of playing either side. And we're both capable of playing anybody we face. It's always us. It's never them."


Jury out on Jarvis Jones


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones didn't live up to his draft status, tallying one sack and getting benched for poor play. The jury is still out on last year's 17th overall pick, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Jones, expected to start in 2014, finished with 41 tackles and four passes defensed in 14 games.


Jason Worilds seeking starter assurance


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2014) Steelers outside linebacker and impending free agent Jason Worilds would prefer to stay in Pittsburgh, but only if promised a starting job, per the National Football Post.

"If the circumstances are right, for sure," Worilds said. "They haven't been right for me in the past. I wouldn't want to fall back into (not starting) again.

"I've just been patient and (waiting to) see how the Steelers view me. The biggest thing is just being in the right situation. ... It's been rough just to get on the field, especially when you probably could have helped the team in years past, but you just weren't given an opportunity. The opportunity came this year, and I did well with it."

He did indeed. Worilds was placed in the starting lineup on Oct. 20 with the Steelers at 1-4. He helped the team finish at 8-8 with 63 tackles and eight sacks, including six in his last eight games.


Brett Keisel speaks longingly about Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is impressed with the talent on both sides of the ball in Detroit, including fellow Brigham Young standout Ziggy Ansah, and could see himself playing for the Lions, per Michigan Live. Keisel is set to explore free agency.

"They've got a great team," he told radio station 105.1. "I really like their quarterback [Matt Stafford]. They've got [wide receiver Calvin Johnson]. ... Those guys, I think are going to make some noise next year.

"I went to BYU, so I'm proud of my boy Ziggy coming in as a rookie and being a key contributor on that defense. Really, it's amazing, where he's come from, the way he's playing, got into the league and was a first-round pick."

Keisel managed 29 tackles and four sacks in 2013 despite missing four games to injury.


Report: Release of Ike Taylor could be sound move


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Financial and performance considerations could motivate the Steelers to release veteran cornerback Ike Taylor, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Taylor is slated to earn $7 million in 2014, which would count nearly $11.9 million against the cap. In addition, Taylor was burned by several top wideouts in his 11th season, motivating defensive cooredinator Dick LeBeau to abandon him in that role. Speculation is that the most prudent move would be to offer him a new contract at far less money.


Impending free agent Brett Keisel: I can still play


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Steelers defensive end and impending free agent Brett Keisel claims he still has some gas left in the tank, per Steelers Depot.

"I think I got a couple (years) left in me," he told Steelers Depot. "I feel great and I still think I can play."

Keisel missed four games to injury in 2013, which he finished with 29 tackles and four sacks.


LaMarr Woodley taking different approach to staying healthy


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) Injury-plagued Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley will be trying this offseason to shed that tag. That's why he will be working with noted trainer Tom Shaw.

Woodley has missed 14 games over the last three seasons, mostly with calf and hamstring injuries. He has previously trained on his own in Arizona, but will be working in Orlando this year with Shaw, who stresses running on trails and even sandpits to strengthen legs.

The new regimen for Woodley comes with the urging of teammate Ike Taylor, who has worked with Shaw. 


Steelers looking to lock up Jason Worilds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) The Steelers are viewing outside linebacker Jason Worilds as an important offseason signing, according to Steelers Deput. He is one of the team's 21 potential free agents. Owner Dan Rooney II said Worilds is indeed a target.

Worilds became a starter in late October and enjoyed his finest season. He recorded career-highs with 43 tackles and eight sacks.


Steelers considering redoing Troy Polamalu deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) The Steelers are seeking to reconstruct the contract of strong safety Troy Polamalu in an attempt to keep him with the team for the rest of his career, according to National Football Post. Polamalu is due $8.25 million in 2014, the final year of his current pact.

"How we structure or restructure (Polamalu's contract) is something we will look at in the next few months," said owner Art Rooney II. "There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but I certainly expect Troy will be one of the pieces to that puzzle. He's obviously been one of the great Steelers of all time."

Polamalu just concluded his 11th season with the team.


Steelers sign two to futures contracts


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) The Steelers have signed wide receiver Jasper Collins and safety Jordan Dangerfield to futures contracts.