June 2016 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap

Steelers Cut Shaun Suisham After Injury Setback

Jun 25, 2016 8:17 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released Shaun Suisham after the kicker suffered an injury setback.

"Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won't allow him to compete in a timely manner," Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "Shaun has played a significant role in our success during his time in Pittsburgh. He has been the consummate professional on the field and in our community. We wish he and his family all the best in the future."

Suisham missed all of 2015 after tearing his ACL in the team's first preseason game. He was cut on Friday with a failed physical designation.

He joined the Steelers in 2010 after bouncing around with four other NFL teams.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor

NFL To Interview Players Mentioned In Al Jazeera PED Film

Jun 24, 2016 5:14 PM

Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews and James Harrison will be interviewed by the NFL after they were named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, according to a letter obtained by ESPN.

Adolpho Birch, NFL senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, wrote that the league will meet with the three players at the start of training camp. The Packers open camp July 26, and the Steelers begin training camp July 29.

The NFL wrote that it has attempted since early April to schedule interviews with the players, saying delays by the NFL Players Association have "obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the investigation." The league said it first notified the players about the investigation in January.


Tags: Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Suspension

Bruce Arians Felt Betrayed By Steelers In 2012

Jun 19, 2016 10:21 AM

Bruce Arians felt betrayed by the Pittsburgh Steelers when they let him go after the 2011 season.

Arians was offensive coordinator from 2007 until 2011.

"I got a call on Monday and [Tomlin] said, 'I can't get you the money.' I said, 'OK,'" Arians said. "He said, 'No, I can't get you a contract.'

"I said, 'Are you firing me?' He said, 'No.' 'Well ... it's just a matter of words, Mike. OK. If I don't have a contract, I'm fired.'"

The Steelers made two Super Bowl appearances with Arians as offensive coordinator, winning the title in 2008. Explaining why he felt betrayed, Arians said it was because he felt he had "done a good job."

"Maybe not the right image, but it was a damn good job," he said. "I was pissed. But again, time heals things."

Arians moved onto the Indianapolis Colts before becoming head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2013.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers

Maurkice Pouncey Underwent Seven Procedures On Leg Last Season

Jun 16, 2016 8:33 PM

Maurkice Pouncey is relieved to be back on the field after a horrific 2015 season that saw him undergo six surgical procedures and a skin graft.

Pouncey was previously a Pro Bowl center.

Pouncey broke his left fibula in the preseason when Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fell onto the back of his leg. Packers receiver Jordy Nelson also tore his anterior cruciate ligament in that Aug. 23 game.

Pouncey suffered a setback in October. The surgical wound didn't close properly, resulting in a staph infection.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Injury

Le'Veon Bell Won't Discuss New Deal Until Fully Healthy

Jun 16, 2016 3:31 PM

Le'Veon Bell, a free agent in 2017, won't discuss a new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers until his surgically repaired right knee is healed.

"I just want to make sure my knee's good," Bell said. "Make sure everything's straight before all that comes about."

Bell, who suffered the knee injury in Week 8 last season, tore the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor

Ben Roethlisberger Wants Steelers To Go For Two After Every Touchdown

Jun 14, 2016 1:25 PM

Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday that he wants the Pittsburgh Steelers to go for two points after every touchdown this coming season.

The quarterback added that he has discussed the philosophy with Mike Tomlin.

The Steelers led the NFL in two-point attempts (11) and conversions (8) in 2015. Last September, Pittsburgh became the first team to try a two-point conversion in the first quarter of a game in 17 years.

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