Those who were looking for a radical change -- or even a slight one -- in the Steelers new uniform will be disappointed. Nike, which officially took over as providers for uniforms of all NFL teams, unveiled those uniforms in New York Tuesday.
The Steelers uniform underwent one small change -- the Nike swoosh on the shoulder of the jersey and the front hip area of the pants.
All the new Nike uniforms will be more form-fitting (read: tighter) and the players should like that, especially linemen on both sides who go through rituals to tighten their jerseys to make it more difficult for opponents to hold them.
It likely will be more of a relief to most fans that the famous black and gold uniform has gone relatively unchanged, although those pining for a return to the block numbers from the 1970s will have to endure the Chicago Bears-like style on the team's uniforms again.
Steelers president Art Rooney II had said there would be no change in his team's uniforms, other than in the material. He also said there will be a new throwback uniform this season, the 80th in team history. That uniform will be unveiled later.
One college prospect visited the Steelers, Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead. Pead is listed at 5 feet 11, 200 pounds. He was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this year. In four years with the Bearcats, he rushed for 3,288 yards on 545 carries. He is considered a draft candidate for the third day, starting with round three.
Head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt are set to have their NFL appeals heard Thursday regarding the punishment they've received for their roles in New Orleans' bounty system. League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the hearing schedule. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton for all of next season. Loomis was suspended for eight games, Vitt for six, and the Saints were fined $500,000 and docked two second-round draft picks.
Detroit defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested in Alabama on a charge of possessing marijuana. Citizens called to complain that Fairley's Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a neighborhood in Mobile. Officers smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and found a small amount in an ashtray. Fairley and a passenger were booked into Mobile's metro jail facility on a misdemeanor marijuana possession. Fairley was released on $1,000 bail. The Lions said they were aware of what happened with Fairley and that they were continuing to gather information. "We hold all of our players to a high standard of behavior and the recent charges against Nick are not consistent with those standards."
Minnesota wide receiver Percy Harvin will have shoulder surgery soon to address a nagging injury he played with last season. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier declined to specify which shoulder was hurt, but he said Harvin sprained the AC joint during the season.
New York has been adamant that Mark Sanchez is their starting quarterback and Tim Tebow will be used for a handful of plays each game in a wildcat or spread package. "For anybody to think he's not going in there to win the starting job, you're fooling yourself," said Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, a former Florida teammate of Tebow's. Champ Bailey was a teammate of Tebow's in Denver last season, and the 13-year veteran cornerback said he'd never seen anything like the fan base that roots for and media that follows Tebow. "And I played with Deion Sanders," he said.
Victor Cruz is underpaid, but he's not going to make a big stink about it. The receiver, who will earn $490,000 in base salary in 2012, wants an extension and a raise that would pay him like other top receivers, but one thing he will not do, is hold out. "Not at all. That's not in my vocabulary. I don't even know what it means."
Indianapolis signed tight end Kyle Miller and long snapper Matt Overton. Miller was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars before last season. The four-year letterman at Division III power Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, had 62 receptions for 872 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior.
An executive for the company that wants to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles said the developer is committed to the idea and willing to buy a team himself in order to make the deal work.
First Published April 4, 2012 12:15 PM