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2017 Schedule
11-2, 1st in AFC North
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2hKC Joyner

The non-QB NFL MVP candidates of 2017

Sure, the top five finishers in our recent MVP poll were all quarterbacks. That doesn't mean that players at other positions are any less deserving of the honor. Here are four non-passers who deserve serious consideration.

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14h

Lonzo's 1st Matchup against King James

Tim Legler stops by to join Michael and Jemele as they break down Lonzo's 1st matchup against LeBron James. T.O. weighs in on Antonio Brown's MVP Chances.

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Can Brown become 1st WR to win MVP? (0:55)
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Gronk will be the difference for Patriots (0:44)
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Steelers equipped to take down Pats (0:42)
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16hJeremy Fowler

Steelers' Shazier still in hospital, starting rehab

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier continues his recovery in a Pittsburgh hospital after last week's spinal stabilization surgery. He has begun physical rehabilitation.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

JuJu Smith-Schuster is a new addition to the Steelers injury report with a hamstring issue (via @steelers)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Update from Steelers: “Ryan Shazier remains hospitalized at UPMC recovering from the spinal stabilization surgery performed last week by UPMC neurosurgeons and Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon. Mr. Shazier has started physical rehabilitation as part of his recovery process.”

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey: "Every week teams try and takeaway our key players and obviously they're still making plays. Belichick did a good job in the AFC Championship of guarding our guys. I think this year we have a couple more guys they're going to have to worry about."

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Steelers' Mike Mitchell on covering Gronk: "It's gonna be a group effort. We've got several guys we're going to try to throw (at him). It's going to require coaches calling the right calls, it's going be us exceuting everything they call to a T. There's no real one real answer."

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Bill Belichick explains the Steelers' pass defense and ‘match zone,' which he considers a form of man.

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Stephen A.: 'Steelers are winning' against Pats (1:02)
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Paul George returns to Indianapolis

Michael Smith and Jemele Hill discuss the returns of Aaron Rodgers to the Packers and Paul George to Indy. Plus, a preview of Steelers/Patriots and Scottie Pippen stops by!

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger: (Antonio Brown) deserves to be an MVP candidate if not the MVP. The first WR to get it, I don't know anyone more deserving. What he's capable to do every week is spectacular. I'm happy to be a part of it and do my little part. It's so much fun to watch him."

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Bell healthy and relishing another crack at Pats

Running back Le'Veon Bell, who suffered a groin injury the last time the Steelers faced New England, says he's healthy and ready to get another shot at overcoming the Patriots' firepower in Sunday's showdown.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant, who missed Wednesday's practice with a not-injury-related designation, had a personal/family situation and will return to the team Thursday morning, according to a source.

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Bell: Steelers-Pats will come down to who executes (0:27)
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Le'Veon Bell: Steelers-Patriots will come down to who makes the most plays and when they make him.

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T.J. Watt works on pass coverage, which he's done well all year. Will he get reps on Gronk? ‘I'm not going to turn down a challenge,' he said.

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Joe Haden, back in practice, smiles after catching his first pass.

Team Stats

Passing Yards281.52nd
Rushing Yards99.723rd
Points For24.5Tied-8th
Points Against19.37th