Steelers News: Salary cap, Pro Bowl, Bennett


The Steelers take the field Sunday night to face the 6-5 Indianapolis Colts in the hopes of keeping their playoff expectations alive.

While the Steelers put the finishing touches on the game plan against the Colts we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Sunday, Dec. 6th.

Big jump in salary cap

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For a team that always seems to have to do some salary cap Tetris each off season it should come as good news to the Steelers that the 2016 NFL salary cap is expected to jump about $10 million.

CBS Sports’ John Breech explains

how team were informed this week that the salary cap is projected to be between $150 million and $153.4 million.

The 2015 salary cap is $143.28 million. That’s a lot of extra cap space to work with when free agency opens in March of 2016.

Don’t leave these guys out

Pro Bowl voting its less than two weeks from being over and as Neil Coolong of Steelers Wire warns that it’s looking like receiver Antonio Brown will be the only Steeler represented in this year’s Pro Bowl. Of course Brown is deserving but there should be more of a showing of Steelers voted in.

Cameron Heyward, DeAngelo Williams, Michael Mitchell and Ben Roethlisberger should all be getting Pro Bowl spots based on their performances this season. You can vote for your Steelers in the Pro Bowl right here.

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Player safety

Seattle’s Michael Bennett was flagged 15 yards for this hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in last week’s 39-30 loss. Apparently the NFL felt the flag was all that was necessary as Bennett escaped this week without a fine from the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on a quarterback.

The hit led to a Roethlisberger concussion as he was taken out of the game on the Seahawks’ final possession to be evaluated under the league’s concussion protocol. Roethlisberger participated in practice all week and is expected to play tonight against the Colts.