Steelers News: Roethlisberger, Brown and Harrison


The Steelers are counting down the days until this painfully long preseason is finally over. While they make roster cuts and mend the wounded we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Wednesday, Sept. 2nd.

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What does Ben have to say about that?

The Steelers’ Teresa Varley spoke with Ben Roethlisberger on Tuesday about what he’s gained from the preseason and the injuries and suspensions the Steelers are faced with to open the regular season. While it’s not clear how well Darrius Heyward-Bey will fill in for Martavis Bryant, it is clear that Ben is firmly in complete control of this whole offense.

"“I think we’ve shown that we’ve been able to do some no-huddle, goal line and short-yardage. We ran the ball and threw the ball. So I think we are at a good place.” – Ben Roethlisberger"

Roethlisberger also spoke about starting another season without his Pro-Bowl center, Maurkice Pouncey but being confident in Cody Wallace and Doug Legursky to fill in.

"“They are two guys that I’ve taken a lot of snaps from. Cody played quite a bit in preseason years when Pouncey was down or if he had to step in for whatever reason. I have total comfort in him and his understanding of the offense, and his relationship and cohesiveness with the other guys around him. Doug was here before. We took a couple of snaps out there and it felt like an old glove.” – Ben Roethlisberger"

Brown among contracts restructured by Steelers

Looks as though that Antonio Brown’s patience with the Steelers is being rewarded early after all. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Steelers restructured the contracts of Brown, Heath Miller and kicker Shaun Suisham.

The restructure for Brown takes a $2 million portion of his 2016 salary and turns it into a signing bonus for this season, raising his salary from $6 million to $8 million. Typically the team does not restructure the contracts of players that are not in their final year. Brown had three years left on his current deal.

Deebo for Rogeez?

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but James Harrison has got Roger Goodell’s back on this DeflateGate thing. Well, not exactly “got” his back, but according to the Trib’s Chris Adamski, Harrison thinks that federal judge Richard Berman is most likely going to rule in Goodell’s favor.

"“To be honest with you, I don’t see what a federal judge can do with something the players signed in the collective bargaining agreement, which gives Roger Goodell power to do what he wants to do. And if that’s the case and he’s going by the letter of what he says, there’s nothing a judge can do.” – James Harrison"

This is a good time to remind everyone that the Steelers, including Harrison, voted against the CBA in 2011 specifically because of the unilateral authority it gave Goodell. Harrison also said once that if Goodell was on fire he wouldn’t piss on him to put him out so, just throwing that out there as well.

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