Steelers reinstate Joey Porter after most charges dropped
Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was back at work with the team on Friday and will travel to Sunday’s playoff game in Kansas City after prosecutors dropped all but two minor charges stemming from an altercation outside a Pittsburgh bar last weekend.
The Steelers had placed Porter on indefinite leave on Monday but reconsidered when Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. dropped charges of aggravated assault involving a police officer, simple assault, resisting arrest and defiant trespass in connection with Porter’s actions last Sunday involving a bouncer. Zappala made the decision after reviewing surveillance video of the altercation, which occurred hours after the Steelers beat the Dolphins in a wild-card playoff game.
Porter, who coaches the outside linebackers, still faces summary disorderly conduct and summary public drunkenness.