Pittsburgh preseason dates announced

From Mirror, wire reports

The Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off their preseason at the New York Giants on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., it was announced on Thursday.

The Steelers’ next two exhibition cames will be at Heinz Field. They will host Atlanta on Aug. 20 at 4 p.m., then come back to entertain Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Pittsburgh will wrap up its presason schedule traveling to Carolina on Aug. 31 for a 7:30 start.

Corner detained

MOBILE, Ala. — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Senquez Golson was briefly detained when airport security agents in Alabama found an unloaded pistol in his carry-on bag.

Mobile Regional Airport police chief Brian Fillingim says Golson was stopped Wednesday and questioned before being allowed to board his flight. He says similar incidents happen at the airport a couple of times a month and that the Transportation Security Administration typically imposes fines.

Fillingim says his officer told him that Golson “was extremely nice, polite, didn’t give him any problems whatsoever.”

The Steelers drafted the former Mississippi player in the second round in 2015. Golson spent the past two seasons on injured reserve for shoulder and foot injuries.

Scobee retires

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Josh Scobee watched the highlight video from a leather chair in the front row of Jacksonville’s team meeting room, grinning ear to ear with every kick, every call and every celebration.

“That was great stuff,” he said.

Not a bad career, either.

The 34-year-old Scobee signed a one-day, ceremonial contract with the Jaguars on Thursday and formally retired with the team that drafted him in 2004. Scobee called it quits after a dozen NFL seasons, including the first 11 in Jacksonville, and walked away as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

Scobee made 241 of 301 (80.1 percent) field goals, with most of his misses coming from beyond 40 yards, and finished his career with 1,046 points. His 1,022 points with Jacksonville are the most in team history.

Because of his tenure, his work in the community and his social-media presence, Scobee was one of the most popular players in franchise history. Linebacker Paul Posluszny, defensive end Jason Babin, linebacker Kyle Bosworth and punter Adam Podlesh were among former teammates on hand for his retirement ceremony.

“When I first got into the NFL, I heard from a great special teams coach that the highest compliment that you can give someone in the NFL is to call them a true professional,” Posluszny said. “Not that they were a great athlete or had great hands or was a great tackler. It was that you were a true professional. That meant that not only you mastered your skills and the position you played, you were dedicated, you were loyal, you were a great teammate and you did everything the right way at all times. When I think I of Josh, that’s what he is. He’s a true professional.”

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell traded Scobee to Pittsburgh days before the 2015 season, after rookie Jason Myers won the job in training camp. Scobee missed four field goals with the Steelers and was released after four games. He spent two months with New Orleans last year before getting released again.