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Three Steelers Among the 25 NFL Hall of Fame Semifinalists

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The Pittsburgh Steelers wing in the NFL Hall of Fame has a chance of adding a name or two (or three) this year.

Tuesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the list of 25 semifinalists, which included three former Steelers.

The new name this year joining two holdovers is former All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu, which is the first year on the ballot for him. Two other first timers that made the list of semifinalists are wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis.

Two other Steelers that made the semifinalist list are wide receiver Hines Ward and guard Alan Faneca, who made it to the final 10 last year.

The other 20 semifinalists are linebacker Carl Banks, running back Fred Taylor, running back Ricky Watters, defensive tackle Bryant Young, running back Edgerrin James, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, wide receiver Torry Holt, offensive tackle Tony Boselli, offensive tackle Steve Hutchinson, defensive end Simeon Rice, defensive end Richard Seymour, linebacker Clay Matthews, linebacker Sam Mills, linebacker Zach Thomas, defensive back Steve Atwater, defensive back Ronde Barber, defensive back LeRoy Butler, defensive back John Lynch, defensive back Darren Woodson and special teamer Steve Tasker.

In January, this group of 25 players will be narrowed down to 15 finalists. The actual Hall of Fame Class will be voted on the day before the Super Bowl. The five players that made the list of finalists last year but came up short in voting were Faneca, Hutchinson, Atwater, Boselli and James.

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Report: Bengals Trade Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks for B.J. Finney, Draft Pick

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The Cincinnati Bengals are reportedly shipping defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick, according to multiple reports.

Dunlap has been used sparingly by Cincinnati this season, causing a rift between the player and the organization. Tempers boiled over during the Bengals’ 37-34 loss to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday, as Dunlap was seen arguing with a coach on the sideline toward the end of the game.

Cincinnati will happy to distances themselves from Dunlap and bolster their offensive line in return, which has allowed the most sacks in the league with 28.

Dunlap appears equally as eager to leave Cincinnati, posting the following video on his Instagram after news of the trade broke.

As for Seattle, they add some much-needed pass rush help to a defense that has just nine sacks on the season and is second-worst in the league against the pass. Finney had not played a single offensive snap for the Seahawks this season, but was utilized on special teams.

Selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Dunlap has spent his entire eleven-year career with Cincinnati and been selected to two Pro Bowls. He is the Bengals’ all-time leader in sacks (82.5) and tackles-for-loss (103).

Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers in 2015, Finney played four seasons in Pittsburgh as a plug-and-play offensive lineman before signing with Seattle this offseason. He started 13 games over his Steeler career.

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NFL, NFLPA Announce 19 New Positives From Last Testing Period

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The NFL and NFLPA have announced their latest COVID-19 results from their most recent testing period.

The league had 19 new positive cases between Oct. 18 to 24. There were eight new positive tests among players and eleven among staff members.

In total, 42,687 total tests were administered to 7,817 players and personnel over the seven-day period.

The NFL has had 55 positives from players and 82 among personnel dating back to Aug. 1. Over 500,000 total tests have been administered.

Tier 1 and 2 individuals continue to be tested daily, white Tier 3 personnel are being tested on a weekly basis.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have not had any coronavirus-related issues since running back Jaylen Samuels was removed from the Reserve/COVID-19 list back on Aug. 13.

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Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. Suffers Torn ACL

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The Cleveland Browns may have improved to 5-2 with their comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but they suffered a significant loss.

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the remainder of the 2020 season with a torn ACL, the organization announced Monday morning.

Beckham suffered the injury in the first quarter of Cleveland’s win over Cincinnati on Sunday, attempting to make a tackle on an interception thrown by quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The star wideout was off to a strong star in his second season with the Browns, catching 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He also had rushed for a score.

While the loss of Beckham is significant, the Browns appear to have enough offensive weapons to overcome the injury. Mayfield posted one of the best performances of his career on Sunday, completing 22 of 23 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns after Beckham left the game.

Financially, Cleveland is still likely on the hook for Beckham’s $12.971 injury guarantee, which will convert to a full guarantee if he is rostered on the third day of the next league year, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. This means that Beckham is uncuttable, and a trade is very unlikely considering the injury.

Selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, Beckham has caught 487 passes for 6,830 and 51 touchdowns over his career. He has been selected to three Pro Bowls, but not since 2016.

The Steelers and Browns do not face off again until Week 17 in Cleveland.

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