Steelers

Bucs’ potent offense goes against Steelers’ defense

TAMPA, Fla. — So much for struggling without Jameis Winston. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not only thriving in the suspended quarterback’s absence, they’re evolving into an offensive juggernaut that’s set to perform on a national stage when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Monday ...

DeCastro ruled out of game

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without All-Pro guard David DeCastro for a second straight week when they visit Tampa Bay on Monday night. DeCastro is still recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh’s Week 1 tie against Cleveland. B.J. Finney will ...

Steelers’ defense eager after dismal start

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense are eager to play again. They’re going to have to wait an extra day. They want to put a forgettable performance against Kansas City in the past and prove themselves this week against an upstart Tampa Bay ...

Brown says he’s upset Steelers are losing

PITTSBURGH — The chorus of “The Storm Is Over” by gospel singer Kirk Franklin played as Antonio Brown approached his locker on Thursday, an intentionally apt choice by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker/DJ Vince Williams to address the latest bit of drama surrounding his superstar ...

Steelers getting used to drama

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree just smiled earlier this month when asked what would happen if the “Hard Knocks” cameras decided to spend a month embedded with the team during training camp. “We’re too real for TV,” ...

Tomlin will address social media with AB

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football. Antonio Brown, however, isn’t giving his boss much choice. Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro ...

More drama on day after loss

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have been here before. Often in fact. A jarring early-season misstep filled with mental breakdowns and missed opportunity is kind of their thing. So too, it seems, is finding new ways to explain the erratic ...

Mahomes has his way with Pittsburgh’s ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Tyreek Hill turned to face the cameras when the hottest quarterback in the NFL looked up, saw a potential traffic jam and urged his Kansas City Chiefs teammate to conduct his business elsewhere. “Don’t do that here,” Patrick Mahomes ...

Tomlin’s assessment: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’

PITTSBURGH — Is this the way it’s going to be? Are we in a Steelers world where 37 points aren’t enough to win a home game? First-year starter Patrick Mahomes sliced and diced a confused Steelers defense and led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 42-37 victory at Heinz Field Sunday ...

Struggles of Boswell also part of poor start in first 2 games

By John Mehno johnmehnocolumn@gmail.com PITTSBURGH — Chris Boswell was the Steelers’ insurance policy, their failsafe, the team’s fallback option. If the offense sputtered last year, Boswell could be counted on to put points on the board with his reliable kicking. He came through in ...

Chiefs see ‘Steel City’ as road challenge

NFL week 2 Who: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers When: Today, 1 p.m. TV: CBS The latest line: Steelers are favorited by four points. By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A talented and mobile young quarterback tasked with taking over a playoff team from ...

Big Ben hopes he’s ready to go

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes his balky right elbow will be good to go Sunday against Kansas City. The 36-year-old says he banged his elbow on Pittsburgh’s next-to-last offensive snap during last week’s ugly tie in ...

Dinged-up players miss practice

Next up Who: Kansas City at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 1 p.m. TV: CBS Records: Chiefs (1-0), Steelers (0-0-1) Latest line: Steelers are 5-point favorites The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be a little short-handed as they prepare for their home opener ...

Steelers still trying to figure out what happened

Next opponent Who: Kansas City at Pittsburgh, Sunday, 1 p.m. TV: CBS Records: Chiefs (1-0), Steelers (0-0-1) By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t a win. It wasn’t a loss. It was ... weird. Seventy minutes of flags, fumbles and ...

Turnovers, penalties plague Steelers in tie in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — One week in and the Browns are still undefeated. Now that’s progress. Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked ...

Despite costly fumble, Conner shines as starter

CLEVELAND — The Steelers survived one week without Le’Veon Bell. Maybe they can do it again. Making his first NFL start, James Conner helped Pittsburgh forget that Bell — the team’s disgruntled star running back — isn’t around and may not be back anytime soon. Conner scored ...

Much on the line for Browns-Steelers

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — For the Browns, winning the season opener over Pittsburgh could bring closure. The end of a 17-game losing streak. The first opening-week victory since 2004. More relief from the haunting memories of an 0-16 season. A new beginning for a ...

Fichtner much more reserved than Haley

PITTSBURGH — Ask the men he coaches what makes Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner tick, and you get a variation of the same response. He’s a dude. A good dude. But just a dude. “There’s nothing special or outrageous or eccentric,” guard David DeCastro ...

Steelers’ lineman lashing out against star running back

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s teammates spent the offseason and all of training camp brushing off his absence, confident in their belief that the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back would eventually let the business side of things play out, sign his franchise ...

Conner ready to go if necessary

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t know when Le’Veon Bell is going to show up for work. Maybe it’ll be in time for the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back to be ready for Sunday’s season opener at Cleveland. Or maybe Bell will skip a week to send one last ...