Steelers Daily News & Links: Your daily stop for all of the news and links from the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL and around the Sports Now Group.
🏈 The Cleveland Browns confirmed that veteran quarterback Joe Flacco will start in place of Dorian Thompson-Robinson (concussion) on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.
The 38-year-old Flacco, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, will start for the fourth team in his career. He’ll also be the fourth starting QB of the season for the Browns. With Deshaun Watson out for the season (shoulder injury), Cleveland has also started P.J. Walker and the rookie Thompson-Robinson. Walker will serve as Flacco’s backup.
Flacco’s last start and game action came in Week 18 of last season with the New York Jets, an 11-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins. With Sunday’s start, Flacco will begin the 16th season of his career.
🏈 Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor’s son, Ivan, committed to Notre Dame. Taylor also looked at Florida State, Tennessee, Louisville and Wisconsin, with Wisconsin receiving heavy consideration, before deciding to become a member of the Fighting Irish.
Taylor took four visits to Notre Dame before committing, including one as recently as the team’s Nov. 18 game against Wake Forest. In nine games as a junior for West Orange (Florida) High School this past season, the four-star cornerback recorded 45 tackles (22 solo) with 6 tackles for loss and 1 interception. Taylor is the highest-ranked recruit in Notre Dame’s 2025 class, according to ESPN’s Blake Baumgartner.
Ivan Taylor is looking to build his own legacy, but he recognizes that it’s a huge benefit to have a former NFL cornerback and two-time Super Bowl champion as his dad.
“Humble and work hard, I would say is what he’s taught me the best,” Taylor said, via Baumgartner. “… I’m embracing [the Taylor name] very much. My dad has taught me what he was being taught in the NFL. So I feel like I’m already ahead of the game because he’s teaching me what NFL coaches and what it’s been like and what you have to go through and how the whole thing is.”
New customers to ESPN Bet can get a free $250 bet with any new signup. Click the link and use promo code STEEL to get an extra $50 off, exclusively for Steelers Now readers.
🏈 Steelers cornerback Patrick Peterson hinted on Instagram that Sunday will be a revenge game against the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson, who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2011 and played 10 seasons in Arizona, felt betrayed by former general manager Steve Kleim for ignoring his calls/texts and not re-signing him following the 2020 season. This will be the third straight season that Peterson has faced Arizona. He played the Cardinals in 2021 and 2022 when he was with the Minnesota Vikings, losing in 2021 and winning in 2022.
🏈 According to Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kenny Pickett said he’ll definitely swap jerseys with fellow Pitt legend James Conner after Sunday’s game at Acrisure Stadium.
🏈 Jaylen Warren is the most elusive running back in the NFL this season, per Pro Football Focus’ ratings.
🎥 Joe Haden said on Up & Adams that both the Steelers and Browns will make the playoffs this season. Haden played for both organizations in his 12-year NFL career, seven seasons in Cleveland and five in Pittsburgh.
— Up & Adams (@UpAndAdamsShow) December 1, 2023
NON-STEELERS NEWS FROM AROUND THE SPORTS NOW NETWORK
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Mike Suillivan’s changes seem to be working for the Pittsburgh Penguins, too.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: The Pittsburgh Pirates hot stove season finally got started by singing catcher Ali Sanchez.
Pittsburgh Sports Now: Tight end Gavin Bartholomew announced that he is returning to Pitt football next season.
West Virginia Sports Now: Former WVU football quarterback JT Daniels is retiring to focus on coaching.
Nittany Sports Now: A pair of Penn State football assistant coaches are candidates for the head coaching job at JMU.
Pittsburgh Soccer Now: The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are losing the best defender in the USL.