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Joey Porter | Linebacker

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/22/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 248
College: Colorado State
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Steelers hired retired OLB Joey Porter as a defensive assistant coach.
Porter, 37 next month, retired from the NFL in the summer of 2012 and joined his alma mater Colorado State's coaching staff as an undergraduate student assistant. Porter played eight seasons for the Steelers from 1999-2006, racking up 60 sacks. He's still getting his feet wet at the coaching level. Feb 11 - 9:33 AM

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Retired OLB Joey Porter has joined the Colorado State Rams' coaching staff as an undergraduate student assistant coach.

Porter starred for the Rams in the late 1990s, and he's finishing up his degree this year. He's going to be inducted into the school's sports Hall of Fame in November. Porter, 36, retired from the NFL last summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 08:51:00 PM

Former Steelers LB Joey Porter was arrested in Bakersfield (CA) on Friday night on a felony count of writing bad checks.

No details are available other than the allegation that Porter wrote at least one check with insufficient funds in Clark County, Nevada. Officers saw the felony warrant when they pulled him over during a routine traffic stop. Porter, 35, retired from football in July as a Pittsburgh Steeler. He had 98 career sacks.
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 03:45:00 PM

Former Steelers, Cardinals, and Dolphins LB Joey Porter has retired from football.

He's retiring as a Pittsburgh Steeler. A third-round pick out of Colorado State back in 1999, Porter wound up playing 13 NFL seasons and making four Pro Bowls. He earned a Super Bowl ring with Pittsburgh for the 2005 season. Porter, 35, was once one of the most feared edge-rushing outside linebackers in the game, piling up at least nine sacks six times. After a couple of disappointing seasons with Arizona, Porter admitted his knees could no longer handle the grind. He may be an eventual candidate for the Steelers' Ring of Honor.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 05:07:00 PM

Cardinals placed LB Joey Porter (knee surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Porter underwent arthroscopic surgery in early November, and ended up never playing another down. The former All Pro appeared in just six games, and was horrendous when doing so, grading out as one of the worst linebackers in football by Pro Football Focus. At one time one of the best pass rushers in the game, it's quite possible Porter is at the end of the line.
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 01:30:00 PM

Cardinals declared LB Joey Porter, QB Kevin Kolb, WR Stephen Williams, SS Sean Considine, LT D'Anthony Batiste, WR Jaymar Johnson, and WR DeMarco Sampson inactive for Week 15 against the Browns.

Porter is close to a return but will need to go through a full week of practice before being active. John Skelton will make his fifth start of the season. Chanci Stuckey replaces DeMarco Sampson as the Cardinals fourth receiver. Kerry Rhodes and Ronald Bartel are active.
Sun, Dec 18, 2011 03:01:00 PM

Cardinals declared LB Joey Porter, QB Ronald Bartel, WR Chanci Stuckey, OT D'Anthony Batiste, WR Stephen Williams, FS Kerry Rhodes, and WR Jaymar Johnson inactive for Week 14 against the 49ers.

Porter practiced on a limited basis this week and is close to a return, but is likely to be used only in a backup role behind rookie Sam Acho. Rashad Johnson and Richard Marshall replace Rhodes at free safety, with Marshall the preferred option in passing situations.
Sun, Dec 11, 2011 02:48:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Joey Porter has resumed practicing on a limited basis for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee more than three weeks ago.

Porter is close to being ready for game action, but he's not going to have a major role when he returns. Rookie Sam Acho has run with the starting job, thanks to five sacks in the past five games.
Thu, Dec 1, 2011 08:17:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Joey Porter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee last week and was on crutches during Sunday's win over the Rams.

Knee scopes typically sideline players only 2-4 weeks, but the Cardinals field a better defense when Porter isn't in the lineup. He may not get his job back when healthy. Against St. Louis, rookie Sam Acho stepped up for a sack and three solo tackles, while O'Brien Schofield had four solo tackles. Arizona would be better off going young at outside linebacker moving forward.
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 03:03:00 PM

Cardinals OLB Joey Porter has agreed to a restructured contract and is now expected to remain with the team.

This guy never goes away. Porter has lost his burst off the edge and is one of the league's poorest 3-4 outside 'backers, especially in run defense. The Cardinals are holding onto the veteran apparently because they aren't ready to hand over the reins to O'Brien Schofield, Will Davis, and Sam Acho. We are confident they'd be better off letting the youngsters play.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 10:00:00 PM

The Cardinals have informed OLB Joey Porter that he will be released unless he accepts a paycut.

As expected. Porter was never going to see his $5.75 million salary after failing to muster a pass rush last season. The Cardinals can go younger at outside linebacker by turning the job over to O'Brien Schofield.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 12:57:00 PM

The Cardinals are reportedly in a wait-and-see mode with OLB Joey Porter.

They plan to hold onto the 34-year-old for now, but that stance is subject to change pending the outcome of free agency. The Cardinals can save $4.66 million against the cap by releasing Porter.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 03:37:00 PM

The Cardinals can save $4.66 million under the projected salary cap by releasing OLB Joey Porter.

Though Arizona owns plenty of cap space, keeping Porter after a miserable season makes little sense when the team could go younger at his position, and use the savings elsewhere. Porter has a $1 million "guarantee" in his salary, but it applies only to injury -- not skill. He should be one-and-done in the desert.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jul 20, 2011 03:20:00 PM

$1 million of Cardinals OLB Joey Porter's 2011 base salary is guaranteed for injury only -- not skill.

Porter obviously isn't injured, so the Cardinals can take themselves off the hook for the entire $5.75 million salary by releasing him after the lockout. Arizona isn't exactly deep at outside linebacker, but Porter's scheduled pay is still unjustifiable considering his recent performance and age (34).
Source: FOX Sports
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 09:54:00 AM

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt acknowledged Friday at the Combine that OLB Joey Porter played too many snaps in 2010.

Whisenhunt did credit Porter for playing hurt, but admitted he was on the field too much "for someone 33 (years old)." It caused Porter to wear down late in the year, and he finished with a serious triceps injury. Turning 34 next month, Porter shouldn't see his $5.75 million scheduled salary for 2011.
Fri, Feb 25, 2011 01:45:00 PM

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