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Browns RB Kareem Hunt: ‘This One Is for Myles’ Garrett



The Cleveland Browns are rallying around defensive lineman Myles Garrett, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are attempting to minimize the retribution storyline from the 2019 brawl between the teams that saw Garrett suspended for the remainder of the season after striking Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph with his helmet.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that his team will not be focused on the “reality TV storyline” of earning retribution against Garrett, who was still suspended when the teams met for a second time last season.

The Browns have largely defended Garrett’s actions after he said he was incited by Rudolph using a racial slur. Browns running back Kareem Hunt said on Wednesday that the situation will be on their minds.

“Myles is a great person and a great player and a great teammate and you just learn a lot going through situations like that,” Hunt said. “You’ve got to come ready and just forget about all that stuff and do whatever you can. This one, this is for Myles and for Cleveland Browns fans, this one’s for a lot of things.”

But Hunt also said that he doesn’t expect another round of violence on Sunday.

“It takes a lot to get Myles out of his element,” Hunt said. “Myles is a great person. No doubt in my mind that he’ll keep those emotions in check, just go out there and play football.”

Tomlin emphasized the importance of this year’s game between the teams, who sit at 4-0 and 4-1, respectively, with the Steelers a half-game ahead of the Browns in the AFC North standings.

But Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the most experienced player on either side of the rivalry, said that records aren’t that important when it comes to the feud between the teams.

“It truly doesn’t matter when we play AFC North football,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s why we say you throw records out the window because everybody is vying for that top spot. Everybody is going to give the other team their absolute best. It doesn’t matter what the record is. It doesn’t matter what the season record is, what the past record is. It’s really about trying to win the division.”

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Bengals Release former Steelers Center B.J. Finney



The Cincinnati Bengals have released center B.J. Finney, the club announced Friday.

Finney began 2020 with the Seattle Seahawks after signing a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason, but was traded to Cincinnati on Oct. 28. He saw action in just one game with the Bengals.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State by the Steelers in 2015, Finney played four seasons in Pittsburgh as a plug-and-play offensive lineman. He started 13 games over his Steelers career.

The Steelers lost starting center Maurkice Pouney to retirement and starting left guard Matt Feiler is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.

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Mic Drop: Hating Tom Brady is Simply Jealousy



Do you hate Tom Brady? If you answer yes to that question, ask yourself why you hate Tom Brady. Mike Asti explains why it’s time for football fans to just stop hating Tom Brady and realize that their hatred is simply rooted in jealousy for the greatest quarterback of all-time.

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Le’Veon Bell Doesn’t Regret Sitting Out 2018 Season with Steelers



Le’Veon Bell doesn’t regret the path he took to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers, he told reporters on Tuesday.

It seems to have worked out pretty well for Bell, who will play in Super Bowl LV this Sunday, the first Super Bowl of his career, in his second season after signing a contract that took him away from Pittsburgh.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after refusing to sign the Steelers’ second consecutive franchise tender. Instead, he waiting for free agency and signed a four-year contract with the New York Jets worth a guaranteed $35 million.

A year and a half into that contract, the contract wasn’t working out for either party, as Bell had failed to recapture the individual success he had in Pittsburgh and the Jets were well on their way to a second straight losing season. Bell asked for a trade from New York, and when the Jets couldn’t find a partner, they released Bell.

He caught on in Kansas City, signing a contract for the rest of the 2020 season to help the Chiefs take the load off rookie starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He ended up starting two games for Kansas City and playing in nine, rushing for 254 yards and two scores.

But even during the worst of his run with the Jets, Bell said he never considered sitting out in Pittsburgh to be a mistake.

“No, that never crossed my mind,” Bell said. “Me sitting out, I feel like it helped me on the back end of my career. … It kind of like reset my body. I feel like it’s going to help me for the end of my career and elongate my career.”

Bell expressed some disappointment in not being able to play the Steelers in the postseason. Pittsburgh was unbeaten when Bell signed with the Chiefs, and it looked like the teams were on a collision course in the AFC, but the Steelers lost five of their last six games to close the season.

“We thought we were going to have to see the Steelers at some point, which I was excited about,” Bell said. “Obviously, it didn’t end up happening.”

One member of Bell’s Steelers that he will see this week is wide receiver Antonio Brown, who also manufactured his exit from Pittsburgh, demanding a trade in the 2019-20 offseason that took him from Pittsburgh to Oakland. Brown was then cut by the Raiders, signed with New England, got suspended and was released again before eventually signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“It’s crazy to think as long as we’ve been playing together, we’ve never made it to this point, but playing against each other is going to be fun,” Bell said.

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