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  Steelers | Defense fading    Fri Oct 12, 02:08 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense has been lacking an explosive pass rush, and their secondary has shown vulnerability. S Troy Polamalu looks unlike the player he was two years ago and is not impacting the game in the same manner. DL Aaron Smith's absence is also evident in run defense.

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  NFL | Aaron Smith expected to retire    Wed Mar 7, 02:49 PM

Free-agent DE Aaron Smith (Steelers) is expected to retire this offseason.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith failed physical    Sat Mar 3, 02:11 PM

Free agent DE Aaron Smith (neck, foot) failed his physical when the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to release him.

Footballguys view: Smith may end up retiring although we've heard a team like the Patriots might be interested if he's healthy.

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  Titans | Could show interest in two recently released players    Sat Mar 3, 01:43 PM

The Tennessee Titans may consider pursuing DE Aaron Smith (Steelers) and CB Chris Carr (Ravens) this offseason.

Footballguys view: Smith failed his physical with the Steelers and may end up retiring. We could see Carr added if the Titans lose Cortland Finnegan in free agency.

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  Patriots | May show interest in Aaron Smith    Fri Mar 2, 03:32 PM

The New England Patriots could show interest in free-agent DE Aaron Smith (Steelers) if he decides he wants to continue playing.

Footballguys view: Smith may decide to call it a career after getting released by the Steelers.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith to be released    Thu Mar 1, 04:08 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers will release DE Aaron Smith.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith to decide future after season    Thu Jan 5, 01:15 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (neck) said he will decide if he wants to play next season once the season is over. He said if he does return, he will only play for the Steelers. He said he is completely healed from the neck injury that landed him on Injured Reserve.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith to undergo surgery     Mon Oct 24, 12:26 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (neck) will soon undergo neck surgery after being placed on Injured Reserve.

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  Steelers | Neck injury ended Aaron Smith's season    Sun Oct 23, 01:53 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (neck, foot) was placed on Injured Reserve because of a neck injury that was recently discovered.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith placed on IR    Sat Oct 22, 03:08 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed DE Aaron Smith (foot) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2011 season. In a corresponding move, the team signed practice squad DL Corbin Bryant to their active roster.

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  Steelers | Four players to sit out    Fri Oct 21, 06:42 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OG Doug Legursky (toe), DE Aaron Smith (foot), DT Casey Hampton (shoulder) and LB James Harrison (eye) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and have been ruled out for Week 7.

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  Steelers | Five players miss practice    Thu Oct 20, 03:57 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OG Doug Legursky (toe), DE Aaron Smith (foot), DTs Casey Hampton (shoulder) and Chris Hoke (neck) and LB James Harrison (eye) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 20.

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  Steelers | Six miss practice    Wed Oct 19, 04:09 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Casey Hampton (shoulder), LB James Harrison (eye), DL Chris Hoke (neck), C Doug Legursky (toe), DL Aaron Smith (foot) and WR Hines Ward (undisclosed) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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  Steelers | Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith might sit again    Tue Oct 18, 11:23 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DLs Casey Hampton (shoulder) and Aaron Smith (foot) are likely to miss a third consecutive game in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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  Steelers | Week 6 Inactives    Sun Oct 16, 11:41 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Aaron Smith, DL Casey Hampton, OG Chris Kemoeatu, LB James Harrison, LB Jason Worilds, OT Marcus Gilbert, RB Mewelde Moore inactive for Week 6.

Footballguys view: The Steelers front seven is still short-handed, but they had their best game of the year in that state last week.

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  Steelers | Six players will not play Week 6    Fri Oct 14, 06:14 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), OT Marcus Gilbert (shoulder), DE Aaron Smith (foot), DT Casey Hampton (shoulder) and LB James Harrison (eye) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and have been ruled out for Week 6.

Footballguys view: Jonathan Scott is back in the lineup at RT, which could allow the Jags to get some good pressure on Ben Roethlisberger.

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  Steelers | Six players do not practice    Thu Oct 13, 03:40 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), OT Marcus Gilbert (shoulder), DE Aaron Smith (foot), DT Casey Hampton (shoulder) and LB James Harrison (eye) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 13.

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  Steelers | Eight miss practice    Wed Oct 12, 03:52 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (shoulder), DL Casey Hampton (shoulder), LB James Harrison (eye), OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), DL Aaron Smith (foot), WR Hines Ward (undisclosed) and LB Jason Worilds (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 12.

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  Steelers | Ziggy Hood to start in Week 6    Tue Oct 11, 09:00 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Ziggy Hood will start at left defensive end in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars with DL Aaron Smith (foot) out for a second straight game.

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  Steelers | Doug Legursky, Ramon Foster remain starters    Tue Oct 11, 01:19 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said OGs Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster will remain the starters at left and right guard respectively, meaning OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee) will likely sit out again in Week 6. DL Ziggy Hood will start at left defensive end with DL Aaron Smith (foot) out and DL Chris Hoke will start at nose tackle if DL Casey Hampton (shoulder) cannot play in Week 6.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith to miss another game    Tue Oct 11, 01:15 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (foot) will miss his second straight game in Week 6 with a sprained right foot.

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  Steelers | Week 5 Inactives    Sun Oct 9, 11:37 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Aaron Smith, DL Casey Hampton, OG Chris Kemoeatu, CB Cortez Allen, LB James Harrison, LB Jason Worilds, RB Mewelde Moore inactive for Week 5.

Footballguys view: The Steelers are without three of their front seven, so Chris Johnson is a good play against a run defense that has been a perennial bad matchup for RBs. Rashard Mendenhall is active, but only as an emergency RB.

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  Steelers | Six players to sit out Week 5    Fri Oct 7, 03:00 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), DE Aaron Smith (foot), DT Casey Hampton (shoulder) and LBs James Harrison (eye) and Jason Worilds (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 7, and have been ruled out for Week 5.

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  Steelers | Seven miss practice    Thu Oct 6, 03:43 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DB Cortez Allen (ankle), DL Casey Hampton (shoulder), LB James Harrison (eye), OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), DL Aaron Smith (foot) and LB Jason Worilds (quadriceps) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 6.

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  Steelers | Seven players miss practice    Wed Oct 5, 04:16 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Mewelde Moore (ankle), OG Chris Kemoeatu (knee), DE Aaron Smith (foot), DT Casey Hampton (shoulder), LBs James Harrison (eye) and Jason Worilds (quadriceps) and CB Cortez Allen (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith won't play in Week 5    Tue Oct 4, 11:36 PM

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (foot) will not play in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans due to a mid-foot sprain.

Footballguys view: This injury opens up the door for former first-round pick Ziggy Hood. He'll be the starter while Smith is out.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith has foot sprain    Tue Oct 4, 12:26 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (foot) has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain and could miss Week 5.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith to have MRI Monday    Mon Oct 3, 12:28 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (foot) suffered a foot injury in Week 4 against the Houston Texans. He was wearing a walking boot after the game, and he'll have an MRI Monday, Oct. 3, back in Pittsburgh.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith leaves early    Sun Oct 2, 03:43 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (foot) suffered a foot injury in Week 4 and is considered questionable to return to the game.

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  Steelers | Four miss practice    Wed Sep 21, 03:54 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Farrior (undisclosed), DL Brett Keisel (knee), DL Aaron Smith (undisclosed) and WR Hines Ward (undisclosed) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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  Steelers | Three sit out practice    Wed Sep 14, 04:18 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward, DE Aaron Smith and LB James Farrior did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 14, but they were not injury-related absences.

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  Steelers | May look to restructure Aaron Smith's contract    Thu Jul 14, 02:54 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers may ask DE Aaron Smith to restructure his contract once the lockout is over so they can make room under their salary cap.

Footballguys view: Smith is an important veteran and the Steelers shouldn't have any problems restructuring his deal. Pittsburgh has Ziggy Hood behind Smith which gives the team all the leverage it needs.

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  Steelers | Ziggy Hood is the future of the defensive line    Thu Jul 14, 01:14 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (triceps) might return from a torn triceps tendon to re-claim his starting job, but DL Ziggy Hood is the future of the defensive line. Smith might start on the left side of the line, but that's mainly due to his tenure rather than ability. Hood and rookie DL Cam Heyward represent the future.

Footballguys view: The Steelers are set up nicely for the future with both Hood and Heyward. Smith is an important veteran but injuries have slowed him the last couple of seasons. Hood will be ready to take over anytime, while Heyward will take a year or so to get used to the pro game.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith injury update    Fri May 13, 11:04 AM

The prognosis for Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith's (triceps) recovery from a torn triceps tendon is still a little murky. Although there have been no setbacks, Smith is not fully recovered, and it is still unclear at this point if he will be 100 percent recovered in time for training camp.

Footballguys view: Smith will not surrender his starting job to Ziggy Hood or rookie Cameron Heyward just yet. The team has good depth on the defensive line and could ease Smith back into the lineup when he's ready.

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  Steelers | Week 21 Inactives    Sun Feb 6, 05:40 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Aaron Smith, QB Charlie Batch, OT Chris Scott, CB Crezdon Butler, OG Dorian Brooks, LB Jason Worilds, RB Jonathan Dwyer, DL Steve McLendon inactive for Week 21.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith ruled out for Super Bowl    Fri Feb 4, 04:45 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) was limited during practice Friday, Feb. 4, but has been ruled out for Super Bowl XLV.

Footballguys view: First C Maurkics Pouncey and now this. Smith was being held out of action with the belief that he would be ready for the Super Bowl.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith limited Thursday    Thu Feb 3, 06:19 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (triceps) was limited during practice Thursday, Feb. 3.

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  Steelers | Limited practice for Aaron Smith    Wed Feb 2, 10:33 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (triceps) went through a limited practice session Wednesday, Feb. 2, reports Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Smith has not played since Oct. 24 due to a left triceps injury. 'I do, but it's fading,' head coach Mike Tomlin said, when asked if he had hope Smith would be available for Super Bowl XLV.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith will not play in Super Bowl    Mon Jan 31, 06:18 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) will not be able to play in Super Bowl XLV, sources told Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith to undergo MRI     Mon Jan 31, 02:52 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) will undergo an MRI in the next day or two to help determine if he will be able to play in Super Bowl XLV, reports Adam Schefter, of ESPN.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith limited Friday    Fri Jan 28, 06:44 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 28, and is considered questionable for Super Bowl XLV.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith limited Thursday    Thu Jan 27, 04:57 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 27.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith not considering retirement    Thu Jan 27, 12:33 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) said he wants to return next season and has not given any thought about retirement after the season, reports Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith unlikely to play in Super Bowl    Thu Jan 27, 12:27 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) mostly watched practice Wednesday, Jan. 26, and appears likely to miss Super Bowl XLV, reports Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Footballguys view: Smith's return date has always been the Super Bowl, and losing him from the defense is a big loss for the team. Ziggy Hood has been playing well while Smith has been out, and the team will need him to another great week against the Packers.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith limited Wednesday    Wed Jan 26, 05:12 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 26, reports Steelers.com.

Footballguys view: Smith is expected back for the Super Bowl, and he could really help the Steelers defense if he's healthy.

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  Steelers | Week 20 Inactives    Sun Jan 23, 05:44 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DL Aaron Smith, QB Charlie Batch, OT Chris Scott, CB Crezdon Butler, RB Jonathan Dwyer, DL Steve McLendon, OT Tony Hills, SS Will Allen inactive for Week 20.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith doubtful for AFC Championship game    Fri Jan 21, 04:05 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 21, and is listed as doubtful for the AFC Championship game.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith still believes he can play in playoff game    Fri Jan 21, 01:53 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) said he still believes he may be able to play in the AFC Championship game, reports Albert Breer, of NFL Network. He expects his availability will be a game-time decision.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith limited Thursday    Thu Jan 20, 05:08 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Aaron Smith (triceps) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 20.

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  Steelers | Aaron Smith out for AFCCG    Thu Jan 20, 10:03 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Aaron Smith (triceps) will not play in the AFC Championship Game, according to Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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