Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had Joe Greene address the team before the game, and defensive end Cameron Heyward was among those ready to jump out of his cleats after hearing from one of the NFL's all-time greats. "That's one of my heroes," Heyward said. "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him, just because of the way he played the game. That's a role model you want to live up to." The Steelers officially retired Greene's No. 75 at halftime, and he picked the Ravens game as the one at which he received one of sports' ultimate honors. Tomlin declined to talk about what Greene told the Steelers' players. "Go out there, and play Steelers ball. That was basically his message," outside linebacker James Harrison said.
Strong safety Troy Polamalu did not play in the second half after he sprained his left knee late in the second quarter. Polamalu briefly returned after hopping off the field at the two-minute warning of the second quarter. Tomlin said he does not know if the eight-time Pro Bowler got an X-ray at halftime. "I just know that he wasn't able to continue, and it became pretty evident to us at the half," he said. Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier left Heinz Field in a walking boot. Shazier hurt his right ankle and then re-injured it in the second quarter. The first-round pick did not play in the second half.
Rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant has five touchdown catches in his first three NFL games, and Tomlin said it is not hard to figure out why. "Antonio Brown is playing at a pretty high level and gets a lot of attention," Tomlin said, "and if you are just competent, you are going to get opportunities when you are on the field with him." Brown caught 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. His 996 receiving yards lead the NFL.