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Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL: DEC 22 Steelers at Jets Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. With the scheduled start of training camp just days away, many are still unsure how the preseason is going to look this year. Just because the NFL has cancelled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and cut the preseason to an undetermined amount of games doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at NFL players pleading with the league to increase safety protocols in order to start the 2020 season.

Let’s get to the news:

  • A social media blitz by NFL players is underway for the league to be forthcoming with their safety protocols for training camp

Players plead with NFL to address health, safety concerns

By: Associated Press

NFL players are pleading publicly with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp.

The league informed teams Saturday training camps will open on time even though discussions with the players’ union regarding testing for coronavirus and other health and safety protocols are ongoing.

Rookies for Houston and Kansas City are set to report Monday, and rookies for other teams are due Tuesday. Players for all teams are scheduled to report by July 28.

Many prominent players expressed their thoughts in a social media blitz Sunday.

“We need Football! We need sports! We need hope!” Saints quarterback Drew Brees wrote on Twitter. “The NFL’s unwillingness to follow the recommendations of their own medical experts will prevent that. If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple. Get it done NFL.”

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  • Polamalu’s legacy in Pittsburgh is worthy of his first ballot Hall of Fame status

‘Burgh’s Best to Wear It, No. 43: Troy Polamalu plays waiting game for Canton enshrinement

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

No. 43: Troy Polamalu

If everything had gone according to plan, Troy Polamalu would be preparing an induction speech for his enshrinement next month into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a hold on the ceremony, Polamalu won’t be getting his sport’s ultimate recognition until 2021.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and was a four-time first-team All-Pro, including in 2010 when he was named the NFL defensive player of the year.

Polamalu’s value to the Steelers went beyond stats and rankings. He revolutionized the position, whether it was by taunting quarterbacks while playing at the line of scrimmage, dropping deep into coverage like a center fielder or his knack for always being in the right place at the right time.

Perhaps Polamalu’s most memorable play was his 40-yard interception return with 4 minutes, 24 seconds left in the 2008 AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. Polamalu stepped in front of rookie Joe Flacco’s pass at the 40-yard marker. Momentum carried Polamalu toward the near sideline, but he deftly reversed course and cut back across the field before finding a lane along the far sideline en route to the end zone.

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  • Previewing the Sunday night December rematch in Buffalo

Countdown to 2020: The Bills

By: Mike Prisuta,

Date: Dec. 13

Time: 8:20 p.m.

Venue: New Era Field, Orchard Park, N.Y.

All-Time Regular-Season Series: Steelers lead, 14-9. The Steelers also lead the postseason series, 2-1.

Last Meeting: The Steelers lost the turnover battle, 5-2, and the game, 17-10, when the Bills visited Heinz Field on Dec. 15, 2019. QB Devlin Hodges was intercepted four times, including on fourth-and-7 from the Bills’ 23-yard line with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, and on second-and-18 from the Buffalo 34 with 15 seconds left in regulation. Bills QB Josh Allen completed 13 of 25 passes for 139 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. Allen also rushed seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown. The loss started what turned out to be a three-game losing streak that knocked the Steelers from 8-5 to 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

Last Season: The Bills went 10-6 and finished second in the AFC East. Buffalo ranked 24th in total offense (eighth rushing, 26th passing) and third in total defense (10th rushing, fourth passing). The Bills lost an AFC Wild Card game to the Texans in Houston, 22-19, in overtime.

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