An expected business move on the football side of the house in Pittsburgh occurred Wednesday afternoon.


The Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which effectively ended Shazier’s chances to play 2018, the team announced. He will not count against the team’s 90-man offseason roster.

Shazier, 25, suffered a spinal injury against the Bengals in Week 13, and then underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6.

Since then, he has served as an inspiration by appearing at high-profile events, such as being at Heinz Field during the Steelers showdown against the Patriots on Dec. 17, and standing at the Penguins’ playoff game on April 11.

Shazier also provided one of the top emotional moments during the opening night of 2018 NFL Draft when he walked across the stage holding the hand of his fiancée, Michelle, to announce the Steelers’ first-round pick on Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds.

All those guys return in 2018. And the big add is Cameron Meredith, a restricted free agent they swiped from the Chicago Bears. Meredith was a breakout stud in 2016, tallying 888 yards and four touchdowns before hurting his knee and missing 2017. Keep in mind those numbers came while catching passes from Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer. 

Don’t forget about interesting wideout depth in the form of Ted Ginn and Brandon Coleman, as well as third-round rookie Tre’quan Smith. Brees is cooling off on the quantity, but the quality is still there, and with Meredith’s breakout potential joining the fray, there is little defenses can do to stop it. 

I think just accepting that this happened. Not sulking about it. To me, that was the biggest mental hurdle. The biggest physical hurdle was probably going out under the lights. The lights were something that kind of triggered some symptoms for me. I was fighting that and just not being happy that I was in this scenario the whole time.

When Frazier is ready to return to the majors, his future is uncertain, with a crowded outfield in the Bronx featuring Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks.

The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners. Reid had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Kaepernick wasn’t signed Cheap Fan Jerseys for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback’s protests. The Cheap Elite Jerseys 26-year-old safety became a free agent this offseason when his rookie contract with the 49ers expired.

Will Jake Arrieta be great or just good with the Phillies?


However, this season starts in less than three weeks. Arrieta might not be ready for the start of it, and the Phillies, certainly trending toward contention at some point, are not the Cubs, neither in overall scope nor with likely the offensive run support or defensive chops. It is also at least worth noting Arrieta moves to a hitter-friendly home ballpark unlike more neutral Wrigley Field, where he was considerably better each of his past two campaigns.

As they stumble to the end of the season, the Rangers are probably going to lose more on Broadway than that Spider-Man musical did. But that doesn’t mean some of their players don’t have something to play for, and Spooner is one of those guys. He had 12 points in his first seven games with the team. He’s a pending restricted free agent, and the Rangers are going to want to see what they have here. Worth a look for you, too.

Raanta continues to be a ray of desert sunshine in an otherwise overcast and arid season for GM John Chayka. If he’s available, snag him. Not only is Raanta putting up better than respectable numbers on a bad team (.924 save percentage), but he’ll face a good number of shots each night, too. The Coyotes have seven games during this stretch, so he’ll see some action, provided his lower-body injury isn’t a hindrance.

When Dallas News writer Mike Heika says something might be up with Benn’s health, you listen — and there’s something off about him right now. Benn has three goals since Jan. 25, although he’s picked up 10 assists since then. Dallas has four home games and nine road games left, and Benn’s been a weaker performer on the road. It’s tough to say goodbye to a dude who can help you across the board, but if you roster him, perhaps it’s time to put him on your bench. If your league doesn’t have a trade deadline, it’s also worth poking around and seeing if someone will make a deal based on reputation. (And if so, see if they’ll take Jason Spezza, too.)

Hoo boy, the clock has struck midnight and he’s turned back into a pumpkin. Schenn’s still Cheap Elite Jerseys second on the Blues in scoring (behind Vladimir Tarasenko), but his pace has fallen off a cliff. Schenn has four points, including one goal, since Feb. 9. There’s a chance things could spiral for the Blues down the stretch, and we imagine Schenn’s performance could reflect that.

The Blue Jackets only had Seth Jones for two periods. It turned out to Cheap Dog Jerseys be more than enough.