Blount’s Release a Blessing, Jerome Bettis HOF Semifinalist, Le’Veon Bell lauds O-line


Your Pittsburgh Steelers head into their bye week for some much needed rehabilitation and relaxation. While they’re recuperating we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, Nov. 20th.

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Maurkice Pouncey: Blount’s release a “blessing”

You’d think the biggest worry right now for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wake of the release of RB LeGarrette Blount would be this inexperience behind starting running back Le’Veon Bell but, as Ray Fittipaldo of the PPG points out, players like center Maurkice Pouncey are more grateful than worried. Seems that Mike Tomlin told Blount of the decision on Tuesday morning and then the rest of the team during their meetings on Tuesday afternoon. It was a welcomed announcement for the majority of the team.

"“We’re fine. We have our starting running back. It’s probably a good thing that it happened. At the end of the day, if it was a cancer, he ended up leaving on his own. That’s a blessing for us. At the end of the day, we’re good. We don’t need him.” – Maurkice Pouncey"

Here we go again

Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis made the last cut into the semifinals for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. The list was narrowed down from 113 to 26 and those 26 will be narrowed to the finalist of 15 in early January. From those 15 the class of 2015 will be chosen. From here is the complete list of semifinalists:

Aug 3, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; General view of the busts enshrinees at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Morten Andersen
Steve Atwater
Jerome Bettis
Tim Brown
Isaac Bruce
Don Coryell
Roger Craig
Terrell Davis
Tony Dungy
Kevin Greene
Charles Haley
Marvin Harrison
Torry Holt
Joe Jacoby
Edgerrin James
Jimmy Johnson
Mike Kenn
Ty Law
John Lynch
Kevin Mawae
Karl Mecklenburg
Orlando Pace
Junior Seau
Will Shields
Kurt Warner
Darren Woodson

Jerome Bettis has been a finalist for the past four years with still no bust in Canton. He’s got 13,662 career rushing yards, ranking him 6th all-time in the NFL. The only name within a mile of Jerome on that all-time rushing yards list is LaDainian Tomlinson, who is just ahead of him at 5th and not yet eligible for the HOF. If Edgerrin James gets in before Bettis, we riot.

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