Leonard Fournette ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns as Jacksonville beat Pittsburgh 45-42. The Jaguars will face New England in the AFC Championship game.
Steelers’ quarterback Ben Rothlisberger left little room for doubt regarding his intentions to return for a 15th season. Roethlisberger said “I look forward to next year.” Big Ben is under contract through the 2019 season.
Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell said he’s prepared to sit out a season, or even retire if the franchise tag is placed on him for the second straight year. Pittsburgh hosts Jacksonville Sunday in the AFC playoffs.
With running back Le’Veon Bell potentially facing free agency next year and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s future uncertain, Pittsburgh feels the urgency as it sits two wins from a Super Bowl berth. Bell said the Steelers must capitalize on a championship window that won’t be open forever as the gear up for Jacksonville Sunday.
Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier has regained feeling in his legs, according to his father. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery December 7 after being injured December 4 in game with Cincinnati.
Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown will miss Pittsburgh’s Christmas Day visit to Houston with a contusion on his left calf. The (11-3) Steelers will also be without rookie running back James Conner, who was scheduled to have surgery yesterday.
The Steelers have eight players who earned All-Pro honors. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown, running back Le’Veon Bell, tackle Alajandro Villanueva, guard David DeCastro and Center Maurkice Pouncy will represent the AFC on the offensive side of the ball. Linebacker Ryan Shazier and kicker Chris Boswell will also represent Pittsburgh in the Pro Bowl.
Chris Boswell booted a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining to lift the Steelers past the Ravens 39-38. The (11-2) Steelers, who wrapped up the AFC North, host (10-2) New England Sunday afternoon at 4:25.
Monday Night Football, Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play as the Steelers pulled off another comeback against the Bengals, rallying for a 23-20 victory.
Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent an MRI and CT scan at the University of Cincinnati hospital after suffering a back injury in a collision with Bengals’ receiver Josh Malone. Shazier’s injury will not require surgery at this time, and he did stay overnight to continue evaluations with hopes of returning to Pittsburgh today.