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    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Anthony Walker Jr. of the Cleveland Browns after being injured on a play during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 22, 2022. Cleveland Browns social media was abuzz on Thursday night over what it viewed as a cheap shot on the part of Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor. Early in the third-quarter of Cleveland’s 29-17 victory over Pittsburgh, Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. went down awkwardly after being blocked by Okorafor, at which point the fifth-year tackle fell on top of Walker, assuring he remained a non-factor in the play. A ’Dirty’ Play on the Part of Steelers’ Chukwuma Okorafor?John Sabol, a sports anchor/reporter for Fox8 News in Cleveland, called it a “dirty, bush league play” and an “awful look” on the part of Okorafor, having noted that Walker was hurt on the play and had to be carted off with what Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski later described as a knee sprain. No idea how the refs missed this obvious penalty on a defenseless and injured Anthony Walker. He carted...
    Getty Images Mitch Trubisky of the Pittsburgh Steelers scrambles from Anthony Walker Jr. of the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Chukwuma Okorafor was called out for a cheap shot on injured Cleveland Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. but he doesn’t feel like he did anything wrong. Walker went down with a knee injury in the second half against the Steelers after falling awkwardly following a block from Okorafor. As he lay on the turf face down, Okorafor jumped on Walker, who appeared to be in visible pain. “No idea how the refs missed this obvious penalty on a defenseless and injured Anthony Walker. He carted off with a right knee injury moments later,” John Sabol of Fox 8 News tweeted. “Dirty, bush league play by Steelers’ Chukwuma Okorafor. Awful look. Smh.” No idea how the refs missed this obvious penalty on a defenseless and injured Anthony Walker. He carted off with a right knee injury moments later. Dirty, bush league play by #Steelers’ Chukwuma Okorafor. Awful look. Smh.#Browns @fox8newspic.twitter.com/2cWs8jeEsM — John Sabol (@John_Sabol) September 23, 2022 He wasn’t...
    Cleveland Browns fans were not happy about a hit that forced linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. to be carted off the field due to injury. The Week 3 edition of Thursday Night Football featured the e hosting the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. There is no love lost between either teams, and fans are emotionally invested in the game. Unfortunatley, there was an injury on a questionable play. In the third quarter, Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. was shown face down on the field. On that specific play, Walker was hit in the helmet by Steelers offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor’s arm. Walker fell down, and as he was on his stomach, Okorafor jumped onto his back. Walker’s teammates stood alongside him as he was treated by training staff. He was loaded onto the cart, but with an aircast on his left leg.Twitter reacts to hit that led to Browns LB Anthony Walker Jr. being carted offBrowns fans, and those who were watching the game, did not believe the play that injured Walker was a clean one. Guess flopping down on Anthony Walker is...
    Getty Riley Reiff waits to take the field. The Pittsburgh Steelers‘ offensive line will look vastly different for the second straight season. In 2021, the team was in rebuild mode after two-time All-Pro linemen Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro retired, and Alejandro Villanueva and Matt Feiler were lost in free agency. Unfortunately, the moves made didn’t work out in their favor. The unit finished among the worst in the NFL, allowed 38 sacks and ranked 29th in both rushing yards and yards per carry. And so it was back to the drawing board this offseason. James Daniels, Pro Football Focus’ fifth-ranked free agent interior offensive lineman, was brought in to take over at right guard. Another new face, journeyman left tackle Mason Cole (Cardinals, Vikings), was signed to replace the struggling Kendrick Green at center. Green will now compete with veteran Kevin Dotson for the starting left guard position in training camp. While the Steelers hope they’ve successfully addressed the weaknesses along the interior, tackles are a work in progress. Thrown into the fire as a fourth-round rookie, Dan...
    Getty Chukwuma Okorafor was too expensive for the Bears, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The Chicago Bears have had a relatively quiet free agency period this offseason, but according to one top NFL insider, the Bears had their eye on a few players in particular, but didn’t want to get into a bidding war or overspend. In his March 23 column for ESPN, insider Jeremy Fowler reported that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor was one of those players. Still just 24 years old, the right tackle has spent the last four seasons with the Steelers, who wound up re-signing him to a three-year, $29.25 million deal that includes a $9 million signing bonus along with $20.5 million in the first two years, per Spotrac. Apparently, new Bears general manager Ryan Poles wasn’t willing to pay that much. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Fowler:...
    Emilee Chinn/Getty Images Chukwuma Okorafor of the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 8, 2021 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On Monday afternoon the news broke that the Pittsburgh Steelers would be re-signing starting offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, with Mike Garafolo and Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network the first to deliver that message. The #Steelers are bringing back OT Chukwuma Okorafor, sources tell me and @AKinkhabwala. Had interest elsewhere but returns to Pittsburgh, where he’s manned the right side the last two years. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 14, 2022 Little more than an hour later, senior NFL insider Adam Schefter added context, reporting that it’s a three-year contract for $29.25 million, including $20.5 million in the first two years, according to his source. Steelers are giving their right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor a three-year, $29.25 million deal, including $20.5 million in first two years, per source. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2022 That’s a surprisingly rich deal for a player that...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Steelers announced that offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor has been ruled out and he is being evaluated for a possible concussion. He joins wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster who was ruled out of the game with a rib injury. Stay with KDKA.com for more information.
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers greets Chukwuma Okorafor before playing against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 21, 2020. On Tuesday the National Football League Management Council released a spreadsheet showing the performance-based pay (PBP) earned by players on each of the league’s 32 member teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers had a total of 67 players earn performance-based bonuses for 2020, led by right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, who earned an additional $567,469 for the year. (Okorafor started 15 games for the Steelers last season, taking over for Zach Banner after Banner suffered a torn ACL during the season-opener against the New York Giants.) Meanwhile, there were seven other Steelers players who earned at least $300,000 in PBP for last season. Rounding out the top 10 we have: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster – $443,518 CB Cameron Sutton – $383,244 WR Diontae Johnson – $364,074 OLB Alex Highsmith – $360,620 FS Minkah Fitzpatrick – $357,937 ILB Robert Spillane – $324,059 WR Chase Claypool – $322,239 RB James Conner – $295,087 OLB Ola Adeniyi –...
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes the ball past Marcus Allen of the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 21, 2020. On Saturday the Pittsburgh Steelers downgraded placekicker Chris Boswell (groin) from questionable to out for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. The move came as no surprise, as hours earlier the team elevated practice squad placekicker Matthew Wright to the active/inactive roster. Meanwhile, the Steelers also ruled out linebackers Marcus Allen (stinger) and Ola Adeniyi (shoulder), both of whom had also been listed as questionable. Linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III (ankle) won’t be available on Sunday either, as he was placed on injured reserve earlier this week and isn’t eligible to return this season unless and until the team reaches a second postseason game. Rookie running back Anthony McFarland Jr. remains questionable for the Colts game with an unspecified illness.Indianapolis To Go Against Pittsburgh Without Its Starting Offensive TacklesWhile the Colts may not have as many injured players as the Steelers, Indianapolis has already ruled out its starting left and right tackles for...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff CINCINNATI (KDKA) – The NFL has fined Steelers offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor $10,000 for shoving Bengals quarterback Mackensie Alexander, according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Following an interception, Alexander high-stepped down the sideline after intercepting the pass, and Okorafor shoved him into the Bengals’ bench area. Alexander was also fined $10,000 for an incident in the same game. His fine came from a pass breakup from the game on Monday.
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Zach Banner’s season is over. The Steelers placed the right tackle on injured reserve Wednesday, two days after he tore the ACL in his right knee in a win over the New York Giants. Banner edged Chukwuma Okorafor during an extended training camp battle to earn the starting job. His season ended in the fourth quarter against the Giants when his knee appeared to give out while dropping back in pass protection. Okorafor, a third-round pick in the 2018 draft, figures to get the start when the Steelers host Denver in their home opener on Sunday. The Steelers filled Banner’s roster spot by bringing back offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins. Pittsburgh originally drafted Hawkins in the fourth round in 2016 but he struggled to stay healthy, appearing in just five games over three seasons. He bounced from Indianapolis to Tampa Bay to Houston before being re-signed by Pittsburgh. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The race between Chukwuma Okorafor and Zach Banner to be the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting right tackle appears to be a dead heat with just over a week to go before the season opener against the New York Giants. Head coach Mike Tomlin hinted Friday he’s still figuring out who will take over for Matt Feiler, who moved from right tackle to left guard following veteran Ramon Foster’s retirement. Asked directly if one is ahead of the other, Tomlin said it’s likely the depth chart will feature an “OR” between Banner and Okorafor’s names when it is released on Monday. “I think it’s been a challenging decision for us because both guys are capable,” Tomlin said. “Both guys have been consistently above the line in their performance. Those are good problems to have.” Tomlin didn’t rule out potentially playing both if one of them struggles. Banner also offers some versatility. He frequently lined up as a third tight end in short-yardage situations last year. “I think we’ve seen two guys who are capable NFL starters at that position...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The race between Chukwuma Okorafor and Zach Banner to be the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting right tackle appears to be a dead heat with just over a week to go before the season opener against the New York Giants. Head coach Mike Tomlin hinted Friday he’s still figuring out who will take over for Matt Feiler, who moved from right tackle to left guard following veteran Ramon Foster’s retirement. Asked directly if one is ahead of the other, Tomlin said it’s likely the depth chart will feature an “OR” between Banner and Okorafor’s names when it is released on Monday. “I think it’s been a challenging decision for us because both guys are capable,” Tomlin said. “Both guys have been consistently above the line in their performance. Those are good problems to have.” Tomlin didn’t rule out potentially playing both if one of them struggles. Banner also offers some versatility. He frequently lined up as a third tight end in short-yardage situations last year. “I think we’ve seen two guys who are capable NFL starters at that position...
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a forced fumble against the Buffalo Bills. Today Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt addressed the media for the first time during training camp. While answering questions Watt insisted he’s intent on taking his game to the next level in 2020, saying, “I want to be able to be a game wrecker, a guy teams scheme around. And I know Bud [Dupree] does as well.” TJ Watt: "I want to be able to be a game wrecker, a guy other teams scheme around. And I know Bud (Dupree) does, as well." #Steelers #dkps — Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) August 25, 2020 T.J. Watt ‘Has Reached the Next Level’It isn’t just idle chatter, either. By all accounts, Watt has been looking better than ever during training camp. The other day The Athletic‘s Mark Kaboly said “T.J. Watt has reached that next level. I am not even talking about another solid practice Saturday night when it looked almost impossible for the left tackle to get a hand on him....
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