Pittsburgh Steelers News, Rumors: Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell, James Harrison

December 11, 2014 Updated: December 10, 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon. Here’s some of the latest updates:

 

Harrison could be out again

When the steelers play Sunday, LB James Harrison might not be ready to play yet.

ESPN is reporting that Harrison, who didn’t play against the Bengals last week, has been listed as questionable .

“We’ll watch his movement and ability to anchor,” coach Mike Tomlin said.

Tomlin added that Jarvis Jones played well against the Bengals after he was sidelined with injury for several weeks.

“We feel really good about him moving forward from a health standpoint,” Tomlin said. “Steve McLendon the same thing.”

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) dives for a touchdown while being tackled by Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) dives for a touchdown while being tackled by Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

 

Bell the best?

A quantitative analysis sports website, NumberFire, is saying that Le’Veon Bell might be the best running back in the NFL.

“No running back has been more productive in 2014 than Le’Veon Bell, and quite frankly, it’s not even close. Using our Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, we can evaluate how Bell stacks up to other top backs and see that he blows away the competition in every measurable we offer,” the site says.

It factors in his production in the rushing and passing game.

Bell currently has 1,231 rushing yards and has 693 receiving yards.

Part of his production is due to the improved Steelers’ offensive line.

“We ran the same play two, three, four times in a row, consecutively,” Bell said of the game against the Bengals, per AP. “Those guys just couldn’t stop it. So we continued to run with it.”

 

Chad Johnson praises Antonio

WR Antonio Brown was praised by ex-Bengals receiver Chad “Ochocino” Johnson this week.

Johnson said Brown for being the best route-runner in the NFL.

Meanwhile, ex-Steelers receiver Hines Ward said Brown is the only capable receiver on the Steelers. “It’s just a huge drop off to the next guy that I don’t know if the Steelers can get to where they want to go if you don’t have a counterpart on the opposite side,” he said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Ward said the lack of depth could hurt the Steelers in the long-run, namely if the team gets to the playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger ‘original Cosby’

Comedian Chris Rock, while in Baltimore to promote his latest film, referred to QB Ben Roethlisberger as the “original Cosby,” referring to the rape allegations surrounding actor Bill Cosby and the two sexual assault allegations against Roethlisberger several years ago.

Two women accused Roethlisberger of sexual assault by two different women in 2008 and in 2010.

He wasn’t charged with a crime, but he was suspended for four games at the start of the 2010 season.

Rock later added: “That’s horrible, that’s gonna go everywhere.”

 

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