Bryant Downplays Trade Demand

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Steelers’ wide receiver Martavis Bryant insists he’s just fine even after multiple reports that he asked the team for a trade.  Bryant said he’s happy in Pittsburgh when asked if he wanted a change of scenery.  Bryant has just 17 receptions and one TD through six games this season.

 

Brown Apologizes

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Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown apologized via Twitter yesterday for his sideline outburst Sunday.  Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger described Brown’s actions as a “temper tantrum.”  Brown said “Apologize for all the noise and the distractions Steeler nation let’s stay focus.”

 

Big Ben Calls Brown’s Outburst Unfortunate

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Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called Antonio Brown’s sideline blow-up “unfortunate” and wished the All-Pro wide receiver talked to him personally about the missed play.  Brown broke free down the field but Roethlisberger didn’t see him.  Big Ben said Brown’s attitude didn’t set a good example for young players and undermines his “superhuman” talent.

 

Villanueva Blames Himself for Standing Apart

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Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva blames himself for the image of him standing apart from teammates during Sunday’s national anthem, saying he unintentionally separated himself in the moments leading up to the anthem.  The Steelers decided to stay in the Soldier Field tunnel during the anthem in response to comments by President Trump about anthem protests by NFL players.  Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the Steelers will be on the field for the national anthem “moving forward.”  Roethlisberger’s comments came shortly after he wrote on his website yesterday that he wishes the Steelers handled their show of unity during the national anthem differently.

 

Steelers Dealing With Injuries

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The (2-0) Pittsburgh Steelers visit (0-2) Chicago Sunday afternoon.  Right tackle Marcus Gilbert is dealing with a right hamstring issue, while T.J. Watt has a groin injury that kept him out of the majority of last week’s win over Minnesota.

 

Steelers Sign Haden

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Veteran cornerback Joe Haden switched teams in the AFC North in a matter of hours yesterday, officially signing with the Steelers after being cut by the Browns earlier in the day.  Haden’s three-year deal is for $27 million, including $7 million this year.

 

Steelers Acquire TE From SF

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The San Francisco 49ers traded tight end Vance McDonald and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fourth-round pick.  McDonald had career highs in receiving yards, yard per reception and touchdowns in 11 games last season before suffering a shoulder injury.