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Steelers veteran SS Troy Polamalu says, ‘It’s all about the family’ as he announces retirement 04.10.15 at 1:07 pm ET
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Veteran safety and 2014 Steelers captain Troy Polamalu announced his retirement on Friday morning, the team’s website confirmed.

After 12 seasons and 15 playoff games with Pittsburgh, the 33-year-old decided to end his career for personal reasons.

“It’s all about the family,” Polamalu told the Herald Standard. “I live here in Pittsburgh now, and since the end of the season I’ve had a chance to enjoy my family on a level I never had done before. It was awesome.

Added Polamalu: “I had talked to a lot of people about what I should do with my situation, and what they kept saying back to me, and which was not a sufficient reason, was, ‘€˜Troy, you played 12 years in the NFL, you won Super Bowls, won individual awards. There’€™s nothing left to prove. You have a legacy.’€™ And I just kept saying, ‘€˜First of all, I don’€™t care about a legacy. Second of all, I play the game because I enjoy it.’€™ That’€™s the reason to keep playing.”

Polamalu finishes his career with 12 sacks, 32 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. The eight-time Pro Bowler won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh.

“Since we drafted him in 2003, Troy Polamalu has been an outstanding player and person,” Steelers’ president Art Rooney II said in a statement on the team’s website. “On behalf of the entire Steelers organization and the Steelers Nation, I am happy to be able to publicly celebrate and thank Troy for his many contributions to the Steelers. His unique style of play will be remembered among the all-time Steelers. His passion for the game of football on the field and his willingness to be a contributor to the community make him a very special person.”

“Troy is a shining example of a football man in the way he loved the game, the way he respected the game and the way he played the game,” said Mike Tomlin, who coached Polamalu and the Steelers since 2008. “It’€™s a shining example of the window into who he is. He is a legendary Steeler and a legendary man. I congratulate him and wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

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Steelers LB James Harrison not quite done yet 03.23.15 at 10:29 am ET
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Steelers linebacker James Harrison is rejoining his team this season. The five-time Pro Bowler signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh on Sunday after he had been tempted out of his brief run at retirement last year. He announced the signing on Instagram with a picture of him signing his contract.

In 2014, the 36-year-old was retired for 18 days before the Steelers got him back on the roster in September. With little time to train or prepare, it took Harrison a few games to get his legs under him. This go around, he has time to get ready for his 13th NFL season.

Harrison began a training program as the offseason began and had been considering either returning to Pittsburgh or heading to the Titans with former Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, whose contract was not renewed in January.

With linebackers coach Keith Butler taking over for LeBeau, Pittsburgh’s defense will have a different look to it.

The signing also comes in handy for the Steelers, who had linebacker Jason Worilds announce his retirement a couple of weeks ago, as Harrison is one of two players on the roster with more than nominal experience at the position. The team is expected to pick up another edge pass rusher in the draft, though.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s rib injury could be life-threatening 11.14.12 at 2:54 pm ET
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Ben Roethlisberger‘€™s shoulder sprain might be the least of his worries.

The Steelers quarterback said Wednesday he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night’s win against the Chiefs. Roethlisberger sprained a joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern.

Roethlisberger said doctors are concerned his rib could cut into his aorta. Roethlisberger told an NFL Network reporter that he was experiencing pain at a 9 on a 1-10 scale.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette tweeted the injury could have killed Roethlisberger.

He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place.

Roethlisberger was having a great year, with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

There is no timetable for his return.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wants to play Sunday 12.30.11 at 9:20 am ET
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, still on the mend from a sprained ankle, said that he’ll do his best to be on the field Sunday in the team’s regular-season finale against the Browns.

“As long as I can deal with pain, I’ll be out there,” Roethlisberger said Thursday. “I don’t want to let the guys down, so I’ll do what I can to be out there.”

Pittsburgh has clinched a playoff berth and remains in the hunt for a division title and the No. 1  seed in the AFC (that would take losses by the Ravens and Patriots).

Roethlisberger missed last week’s game, a win over the Rams. Backup Charlie Batch started for the Steelers after Roethlisberger looked shaky a week earlier against the 49ers, a 20-3 loss in which Roethlisberger threw three interceptions.

Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he was “much more” confident in Roethlisberger after seeing him practice Thursday, but he doesn’t want to rush the QB back.

“I want him out there but not at the risk of injuring himself,” Arians said. “If he can’t move around and get out of the way, there’s no sense in getting him out there.”

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Report: Steelers’ Byron Leftwich, Maurkice Pouncey injured in third preseason game 08.28.11 at 6:08 pm ET
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Steelers starting center Maurkice Pouncey and backup quarterback Byron Leftwich were both injured in Saturday’s third preseason game. Pouncey suffered a sprained ankle but is not expected to miss any regular-season games. Leftwich broke his arm, however, and is expected to miss the entire season.

Pouncey is coming off a rookie 2010 season in which the Steelers reached their third Super Bowl since 2005, although they lost to the Green Bay Packers. Pouncey was selected for the Pro Bowl.

Leftwich, on the other hand, has only played in four games over the last two seasons. His loss only means the Steelers will need to keep longtime backup Charlie Batch on the roster. Batch completed 2-of-4 passes during Week 1 of the preseason but has not played since. Batch has passed for a career 10,402 yards, 60 touchdowns and 47 interceptions, and rushed for 639 yards and six touchdowns. He has a career QB rating of 77.9.

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Jericho Cotchery: ‘I didn’t really see myself fitting in’ with Jets 08.14.11 at 6:45 pm ET
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Steelers wide receiver Jericho Cotchery has quickly changed allegiances now that he’s no longer a Jet.

‘€œIt was time for a change of scenery,” Cotchery told Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I didn’€™t really see myself fitting in.’€

Cotchery also said he believes the Steelers are “a Super Bowl contender,” according to the Tribune-Review’s Gerry Dulac. Whether that means he did not think the Jets were a Super Bowl contender was never addressed.

Cotchery added that the player-development “atmosphere” in Pittsburgh is ideal for him.

“The way they handle their guys over here, it’s something I need at this time,” Cotchery said. “It’s the best atmosphere for me to thrive in as a player and as a person.”

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Report: Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley signs six-year, $61.5 million contract 08.05.11 at 10:31 am ET
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A source close to negotiations told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter Friday morning that Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley has signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract. The deal makes Woodley the second-highest paid player in Steelers history, behind only quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who signed an eight-year, $102 million contract in 2008.

Woodley will make $18.1 million in his first year, and $27 million over the first two.

Woodley has averaged nearly 10 sacks per season over the first four years of his NFL career. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2009, when he set career-highs in sacks (13.5), solo tackles (50) and total tackles (62).

Woodley recorded 10 sacks and 50 tackles (35 solo) during the 2010-11 season. He also recorded one sack in each of Pittsburgh’s three playoff games, including Super Bowl XLV. He forced three fumbles, recovered two and scored his first touchdown, on a Week 14 interception against the Bengals.

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Tiki Barber: ‘I’m on a [expletive] mission of redemption’ 06.18.11 at 1:41 pm ET
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Former Giants running back and NBC analyst Tiki Barber seems intent on making a return to the NFL. The 36-year-old reportedly texted his agent, Mark Lepselter, “I’m on a [expletive] mission of redemption.”

Barber announced his plans to return back in March, citing inspiration from friends and coaches who encouraged him during last year’s Super Bowl. The running back expressed interest in the Steelers, but the feeling wasn’t mutual.

Barber retired in 2006 as the Giants all-time rushing and reception leader, a year before New York won the Super Bowl.

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Report: Steelers QB Charlie Batch goes bankrupt over bakery 06.10.11 at 10:58 am ET
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday that Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, with debts exceeding his available assets by $6 million.

The Post-Gazette wrote that most of Batch’€™s debts were a result of bad business ventures, including real estate company Batch Development Co., Courtland Place LLC, and Kings Bakery LLC.

Batch will keep his Franklin Park, Pa., home, and his two Super Bowl rings, but will lose his Michigan home to foreclosure.

In a related post, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote Friday that 27 properties from Batch Development Co. cost $8,500 more to maintain than they generated in rent in May.

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Steelers WR Hines Ward says he’ll play Sunday 11.15.10 at 11:23 am ET
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Shortly after he was knocked out of Sunday night’s contest against the Patriots with a concussion, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he would be ready to play in this coming Sunday’s game against the Raiders. In fact, Ward believes he could have returned to the game vs. the Patriots, but the team’s medical personnel wouldn’t allow him.

‘€œI felt like I could have played but our [doctors] felt otherwise,’€ the 13-year old veteran said. ‘€œIt’€™s my body. I feel like if I want to go back out there I should have the right. They saw me tripping over the grass and the league was going to make a big deal about it, them putting  me back out there.’€

Ward was injured on a 5-yard catch after he took a shot to the head from safety James Sanders to end the first quarter. The play was originally ruled a completed pass but was overturned following a Patriots challenge. Consequently, Ward left the contest with no catches, snapping his streak of regular-season games with at least one catch at 186.

‘€œI’€™m a competitor and I want to be out there, especially against the New England Patriots,” Ward said. “I worked my tail off all week to get in that position and I got dinged up.’€

Though he believes he could have returned Sunday night, Ward will still have to pass multiple cognitive tests this week before he is cleared to play against the Raiders.

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