Steelers’ All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell skipped the first day of minicamp yesterday. Bell is recovering from offseason groin surgery and has yet to sign his one-year tender after the Steelers placed a franchise tag on him in March. Coach Mike Tomlin called it a “waste of time” to discuss Bell’s absence.
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed long snapper Kameron Canaday and safety Daimion Stafford.
Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell donated $750,000 to his high school in Groveport, Ohio for new turf at its football stadium. The donation will also create “Bell’s Boys Initiatives,” a program designed to teach kids sportsmanship and leadership.
The Steelers released tight end Ladarius Green and long snapper Greg Warren after both failed physicals. Green struggled to get healthy following offseason ankle surgery and spent the first half of last season on the physically unable to perform list. Green had 18 catches for 308 yards and a touchdown before suffering a concussion in December.
James Conner is officially a Pittsburgh Steeler. The former Pitt running back signed a four-year deal with Pittsburgh yesterday. The Steelers selected Conner in the third round of the NFL draft last month.
The Steelers released quarterback Zach Mettenberger, after selecting Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs in the fourth round in last week. Landry Jones is the Steelers’ primary backup, and Dobbs is now the developmental QB.
The NFL reinstated Steelers’ wide receiver Martavis Bryant. Bryant was suspended in March of 2016 for a second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Bryant caught 76 passes for 1,314 yards during his first two seasons.
The Steelers open and close their season against the Browns. Pittsburgh hosts the champion Patriots in Week 15. Cleveland battles Minnesota in London in Week 8.
Rooney took over operation of the team from his father Art. Dan Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, whose steadfast leadership and insistence on doing things “the right way” cemented the franchise as a powerhouse and made him one of the league’s most respected figures, died on Thursday, the team announced. He was 84.