Defensive end Corbin Bryant was re-signed to the Steelers practice squad on Monday.
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The Steelers are in the Halloween spirit today, as running backs coach Kirby Wilson pulled off a surprise in the meetings on Monday dressed as a vampire.
“It caught me off guard because I saw him early in regular clothes and I walked into the meeting and was like, look at him,” said running back Isaac Redman. “You know who he is. He is the shortest guy in the meeting. The makeup and cape don’t derail you from knowing who Kirby is.”
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Happy Halloween Steelers fans…thanks to the cafeteria for the great Steelers themed Halloween cake.
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This week’s cover of Steelers Digest on the win over the Patriots.
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TE Heath Miller
It looked like you beat them at their own game.
“I’m not sure. We just tried to execute as an offense. I think we left a few points on the field, but we are certainly happy to get the win.”
Why do you think you were able to get so open on crucial plays for the entire game?
“There were just some voids in the middle of the field. They brought some blitzes and we were able to exploit the middle of the field a little bit and move the chains.”
Did you change your approach on offense to get the ball out more quickly on pass plays?
“I’m not sure it’s a point of emphasis. We are just going to try to take what the defense gives us. And I think we did a good job of doing that and executing as an offense. Obviously, we need to finish a few drives in the end zone instead of kicking field goals, but it’s a good win.”
Re: Converting high percentage of third-down conversions.
“It’s always important to convert third downs. There are a couple I remember that were some that you probably shouldn’t convert that we were able to convert and keep the drives alive. So that was good.”
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WR Antonio Brown
You hadn’t had a victory of this caliber so far this season. You now have three huge games in a row, starting with this one. How much confidence does this win give you?
“It definitely gives us momentum. We need to continue to get better, continue to go to work on some plays we left out there. There are some thing we could do better.”
How much did you and Emmanuel [Sanders] talk about stepping up and replacing Hines’ [Ward] production this week?
“We didn’t talk that much. We expect to step up. Every time we are out there, we expect to make plays and expect to do our job. Doing that with Hines Ward and the veteran that he is being out, we knew that our plays were going to be key even more.”
As far as the start went, you were able to set the tone. How important was it to get off to a fast start against these guys?
“We came out [when] they deferred the ball and came out like, ‘right now.’ We didn’t want to wait and be lackadaisical and let them get on top of us. We got on top. But we finished. That’s more important.”
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Actor Jessie Williams, who stars as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC hit series Grey’s Anatomy, took part in the Terrible Towel Twirl prior to the Steelers-Patriots game.
Williams grew up a Steelers fan thanks to his father being a fan of the team from the 1970s.
“This is a dream come true,” said Williams. “This is my first time to Heinz Field. It’s so exciting just to be in this stadium.”
Williams had a chance to talk with Hines Ward, Mike Wallace and Charlie Batch before the game.
“I am like a little kid, I have always been a huge fan,” said Williams. “You grew up emulating athletes and knowing everything about them. It’s particularly interesting when they know who you are. They are not supposed to know who I am.”
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The Steelers are celebrating their alumni weekend with players from the 1980s being honored at halftime.
“This is special. It’s really special,” said Gerald Williams. “This is something we were going to try and do, come back just to visit. It’s special to have all of us back, visiti one another and see what is going on in our lives. It’s special they are willing to do it.”
Read more about alumni weekend on Steelers.com during the upcoming week.
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Former New York Yankees right fielder and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is at Heinz Field for the Steelers-Patriots game.
Jackson has been a Steelers fan since the early 70s when he and former running back Franco Harris became friends.
Jackson has followed the Steelers since then and had a chance to talk to some of the former players who are in for alumni weekend, as well as current players including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“Ben is tough,” said Jackson. “Ben is great under pressure. He has been successful. When you have him back there on your team you know you are going to get a great game and some great plays.”
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Dr. Thomas Starzl stopped by the Steelers practice facility on Friday, visiting with team President Art Rooney II and watching practice. Dr. Starzl is a renown organ transplant surgeon.
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The annual Gala Pittsburgh Sports Night brought together the three professional sports teams in the city, along with local colleges, to help support Northside Catholic School.
Current Steelers players Charlie Batch, Jonathan Dwyer, David Johnson, Jonathan Scott and Stevenson Sylvester signed autographs while former Steelers Craig Bingham, Larry Brown, Louis Lipps and Mike Wagner mingled with the crowd.
“I am always for giving back,” said Dwyer. “It’s great to help give kids the opportunity to excel and live their dreams of whatever they want to be, not just football or athletics, it can being a lawyer, doctor, dentist, teacher or principal. Whatever their goal is, you want to give them that opportunity.
“That is what Pittsburgh is all about. It’s about family. That is what the Steelers are about and it’s good to see that is what all of Pittsburgh is about.”
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After recording only one and a half sacks in the Steelers first four games, linebacker LaMarr Woodley has exploded with five and a half sacks in the last three games, giving him seven on the season.
“It’s just been happening,” said Woodley. “The defensive line and the secondary have been doing a great job and I have been taking advantage of the opportunities and just getting the sacks.
“That is how you usually make plays, stuff going on around you and they give you an opportunity to make a play and you have to make it. That is what I have been doing these past few games.”
Woodley’s sack totals have gone up at the perfect time, with fellow linebacker James Harrison out of the lineup with an eye injury for the last three games.
“I am going to do what I normally do,” said Woodley. “I always expect myself to go in there and play hard for the team no matter who is in there. If James is in there I hold myself to a high standard, if he is not in there I hold myself to a high standard. My getting to the quarterback just helps this team win.”
As much as Woodley would like to record a few more sacks this week against the New England Patriots, the most important thing to him is winning. If the sacks come, great and if not, then so be it.
“Winning is definitely more important,” said Woodley. “If I had a sack in the Texans game, and I had a sack in the Ravens game, it really doesn’t matter. Sacks don’t really matter when you lose. They matter when you are winning. When you lose, it’s like I got a sack but it’s not important.”
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The Steelers are pleased to announce a new radio station, Steelers Nation Radio, a 24-hour/day HD radio station dedicated specifically to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Steelers Nation Radio can be heard by clicking on Steelers Nation Radio, the Steelers Gameday Plus app or the iheart app on your smartphone (under the heading of Black and Gold Radio), and at 102.5 WDVE HD2.
“We are excited to provide our fans another great opportunity to be engaged with Steelers football,” said Tony Quatrini, Steelers’ Director of Marketing. “We have the best fans in the NFL and Steelers Nation Radio and Steelers.com gives them two 24-hour outlets to get all of the information on Steelers football.”
The HD station will provide nonstop Steelers’ coverage all day, every day. Among the list of programming, which includes analysis and interviews, to be carried by Steelers Radio Nation includes the following:
- Steelers Huddle with Hines Ward
- Chalk Talk with Lawrence Timmons
- Inside the Huddle with Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley
- Monday Night Quarterback with Gerry Dulac and Bob Labriola
- Countdown to Kickoff
- Black and Gold Rewind
- Steelers post-game show (replays)
- Live call-in shows with Greg Linnelli
“The Pittsburgh Steelers not only personify the City of Pittsburgh locally but have a reach which is World Wide,” said Dennis Lamme, President/Market Manager (Clear Channel Radio – Pittsburgh). “We are looking forward to delivering content to the listeners of Steelers Nation Radio.”
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The evening will reunite Steelers players from the 1980’s, including Bubby Brister, Keith Gary, John Jackson, Louis Lipps, Edmund Nelson, Donnie Shell and Craig Wolfley as they reminisce on their careers and regale the crowd with their stories.
Proceeds benefit the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at UPMC and the Cancer Caring Center. For more information and to purchase ticket at $250 each call 412-802-8256.
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Casey Hampton returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the last three games with a shoulder injury.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s part of it,” said Hampton of the injury. “I don’t get mad at anything I don’t have control over. I don’t have control over when I come back. Whenever I am healthy, that is when I come back.”
Hampton said the plan is for him to play on Sunday full speed ahead.
“If I am out there, I am playing,” said Hampton. “There will be no limitations.”
Five players didn’t practice on Wednesday, including LB James Harrison (eye), NT Chris Hoke (neck), G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Hines Ward (ankle), and LB Jason Worilds (quadriceps). Linebacker James Farrior (calf) was limited in practice.
Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb) didn’t practice, while seven players were limited in practice, including S Josh Barrett (thumb), CB Leigh Bodden (thumb), CB Ras-I Dowling (hip), RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), DE Albert Haynesworth (back), LB Jerod Mayo (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (back).
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