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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris in a game against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 15, 2024. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward put his doubters on notice.

“Funny how you get hurt and kill yourself just to get back to play and not be 100 percent. Now they want you to retire cuz I was hurt all year πŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ. At least I know where y’all stand. Yall quick to forget when I am healthy…. But I look forward to reminding yall,” Heyward wrote on X.

🏈 Najee Harris, Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey, Travis Etienne Jr. and Tony Pollard are the only running backs with 1,000 rushing yards in each of the past two seasons.

🏈 Longtime Steelers scout Mike Butler told Ron Lippock of Steelers Takeaways that the team has relied a lot more on analytics in the scouting department under Omar Khan.

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🏈 In 2023, the Steelers had 5,314 defensive snaps played from players 30+ years of age. Only the Philadelphia Eagles (5,981) had more, according to Matt Williamson.

🏈 Mason Rudolph is enjoying some downtime in Aspen, Colorado before free agency.

 

🏈 J.J. Watt got a bunch of hockey gear from his brother T.J. and Bauer Hockey.

🏈 Cam Heyward joked that the couch GM’s have been out in full force lately in regards to the quarterback position.

“The couch GM’s are out!!! If they have it their way our retire and we will have 15 different QBs. Man you gotta love Steeler fans for the passion,” Heyward wrote on X.

🏈 Steelers general manager Omar Khan’s media availability podium at the NFL Combine will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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πŸŽ₯ Former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum thinks the Steelers will be a really scary team if they can add Justin Fields.

NEWS FROM AROUND THE SPORTS NOW NETWORK

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins stopped their skid with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Starting pitcher Mitch Keller has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: New offensive line coach Jeremy Darveau is fired up to be at Pitt.

West Virginia Sports Now: The teams have been announced for EA Sports College Football.

Nittany Sports Now: Penn State is ranked 13th — a bad place to be — in early 2024 rankings.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have new home and away kits.