Steelers News: Burfict, McLendon, Ward


The Steelers and Broncos will be a battle of the league’s top offense against the league’s top defense, get your popcorn ready.

While the Steelers are putting the game plan into motion 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, Dec. 17th.

No fine

For an issue that really needs to be put to bed the league sent out notification on Wednesday that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will not be fined for his low hit on Ben Roethlisberger during the Steelers 33-20 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

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Josh Alper of PFT reports that the league reviewed the play and Burfict will not be fined as a result of the hit. I think it’s time we all put this to rest. The Steelers have much more important things to worry about than a hit that could have injured Roethlisberger but ultimately didn’t. It is what it is, we’ll accept it and move on from it, obviously.


While some Steelers fans may be watching he last few weeks of the season with spreadsheets of different playoff scenarios and various media devices showing all the other games Teresa Varley explains that for the players in the locker room, the only thing they’re focused on is the game immediately in front of them.

Steelers defensive tackle Steve McLendon is treating each game like it’s the only game on the schedule.  Even after the hotly contested physical game just played against division-rival Cincinnati won’t give the team an emotional letdown going into this week because they know exactly what’s at stake.

"“There is never going to be a letdown. We stay on our game plan. We are focusing on ourselves, our players and what we can do to help our team win. We have the whole week to prepare for the game, and when we know we put all the preparation in, our goal is to give 100 percent effort on game day. We just want to go 1-0 this week.” – Steve McLendon"

No fly zone

The Broncos secondary is feeling pretty confident about going up against the league’s best receiving corps this weekend. According to Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post several of the members of the Broncos secondary have called out the Steelers receivers ahead of Sunday’s matchup.

Next: Fear the Steelers?

“They’re hot because they haven’t played us yet. A lot of teams were hot before they played us.” – T.J. Ward

The Broncos defense hasn’t allowed an opponent to score 30 yet this season while the Steelers offense has scored at least 30 points in their last five games. We’ll see for sure who is still hot after the game on Sunday.