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🏈 Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis thinks the criticism of Najee Harris has been unfair and there’s a chance the Steelers could regret not picking up his fifth-year option.

🏈 Pro Football Talk: Last month, the Commissioner floated for the first time in a long time the possibility of 18 regular-season games. On Wednesday, he addressed the possibility β€” while also downplaying it.

“We think that’s a good trade: less preseason and more regular season games,” Rodger Goodell said while also expressing concern for player safety.

🏈 State and local officials joined Steelers president Art Rooney II at Acrisure Stadium
to pledge support for making the 2026 NFL Draft in Pittsburgh a success.

“Yesterday when they announced this at the League Meeting, the first thing they did was put the logo up in front of us,” said Steelers president Art Rooney II, “and when I saw that I said, ‘This is really happening.’ It was great to see that.”

🏈 Steelers inside linebacker Patrick Queen is pumped to be in the Black and Gold. “Gotas Love it,” Queen wrote on X, along with posting pictures of himself at OTAs.

🏈 Former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison thinks the draft in Pittsburgh in 2026 is going to be a spectacular event.

“The NFL putting the Draft on the road was one of the best decisions β€” 2026 in Pittsburgh is going to be great,” Morrison said on the Rich Eisen Show.

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Pittsburgh Baseball Now: The Pirates have a bullpen problem without an obvious solution.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: Pitt offers D.C.’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

West Virginia Sports Now: Report: WVU basketball to host first-year Division-I opponent.

Nittany Sports Now: Late grand slam propels Penn State baseball to win over Michigan, first Big Ten semis Berth in 17 years.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Steel City dominates Flower City en route to second straight win.