Steelers Rooney Speaks, Polamalu’s future, Bell’s Worst

The Steelers offseason started with some surprises and certainly doesn’t look to be a boring one in the next few months. While the Steelers prepare for free agency and coaching moves, we’ll be busy looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, Jan. 22nd.

Rooney on Patriots Balls

Ballgate, or “Deflate-Gate”, or however you want to call it has definitely filled the sports talk waves this week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl. Now that the NFL has in fact determined that the balls the New England Patriots used for the AFC Championship Game were underinflated per ball inflation regulations, the discussion turns to what the NFL is going to do with the damn dirty cheating Patriots.

Steelers owner Art Rooney II spoke about the ball issue and said he expects the league to discipline appropriately if the Pats are determined to be cheating again. The Trib’s Mark Kaboly quotes Rooney on his thoughts about the scandal.

“It is really up to the league at this point. I expect there will be discipline if the (report) is determined to be accurate.” – Art Rooney II

Polamalu’s future uncertain

Along with other topics Rooney discussed on Wednesday ESPN’s Scott Brown explains how he wouldn’t commit to whether or not Troy Polamalu will return to the team in 2015. Polamalu is coming off of his first season since 2007 without recording a sack or interception. Although Polamalu still has two years left of his contract, he turns 34 in April and was noncommittal himself as to whether or not he’d return next season after the Steelers lost to Baltimore in the Wild Card game.

Bell felt awful

Teresa Varley caught up with Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell after he officially dropped out of the Pro Bowl. Bell made the decision to rest his knee that kept him out of the Steelers Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens. He said sitting out of the playoff game was the worst game experience of his career so far.

“That was definitely the worst game ever for me. Last year when I got hurt I missed the first three games of my rookie year. It was big because it was my first three games, but it wasn’t as big as this game.” – Le’Veon Bell