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Rudolph may have lead in backup battle

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph guided a long first-half touchdown drive to perhaps nudge ahead of Josh Dobbs in the race to be the backup behind Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-7 on Saturday night. Rudolph finished 10 of 15 ...

Trip brings closure for Rocky Bleier

By Joe Reedy The Associated Press Rocky Bleier thought he made peace with what happened in a rice paddy in Vietnam on Aug. 20, 1969. What the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back didn’t have though was closure until a trip back there last year. Bleier’s visit to Vietnam — the ...

Dealing with grief: Players, coaches return following death of assistant

The Associateed Press LATROBE — Gray, rainy skies and a subdued, sparse fan turnout made for a fitting setting Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice for the first time since the sudden death of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. Drake, a longtime NFL and college ...

Brown loses his helmet battle

By Josh Dubow The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play. The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing ...

Steelers WR coach Drake dies at 62

PITTSBURGH — Darryl Drake, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers who spent more than 30 years molding players at the position at the college and professional level, has died. He was 62. The team said Drake, who joined the coaching staff in 2018, died early Sunday morning. “Darryl had ...

Bush makes impact in debut

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers expect first-round pick Devin Bush to provide a serious jolt of athleticism and swagger to a young defense. The speedy inside linebacker already made a significant impact in the preseason opener, a 30-28 home victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on ...

Dobbs, Rudolph feeling more ‘comfortable’

PITTSBURGH — The battle is on for the backup quarterback spot in Pittsburgh. Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph led the offense on four scoring drives as the Steelers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-28 on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Two-time Super Bowl winner Ben ...

Backup QBs solid in opening game

PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph led the offense on four scoring drives as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-28, on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger gave way to recent draft picks Dobbs ...

Linebacker Watt hoping to build on breakout season

LATROBE — Personal stats don’t mean much to Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt. The 24-year-old was happy to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl during a breakout second season, but he also wanted to make the playoffs with the Steelers. This year, Watt looks to lead the Steelers ...

McDonald sees positive changes in Steelers, Ben

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald noticed a positive change in the organization following last year’s turbulent season. McDonald also noticed a difference in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the chemistry surrounding the team as a whole after the Steelers missed the ...

Blue-collar work ethic big deal to Washington

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — James Washington needed a hard reset. His rookie year with the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t go as planned. And he knew it. So fresh off a frustrating indoctrination into the NFL in which the speedy but occasionally erratic wide receiver ...

Dupree relaxed in contract year

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree is relaxed entering his contract season. The 2015 first-round pick knows he has a contract with the Steelers for this season. His future with the Steelers after that is in question, but Dupree said on Sunday that he doesn’t mind ...

Cowher, Ward highlight 2019 Steelers Hall of Fame class

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their 2019 Hall of Honor class this afternoon at an event at the Fred Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Four members were announced in this year’s class. Bill Cowher, who coached the Steelers from 1992 to 2006, leads the ...

Roethlisberger ready to bring ‘A’ game

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger acknowledged on Friday that he had a unique on-field connection with wide receiver Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger also admitted before the Steelers’ first practice of training camp that it would be different without Brown on the ...

Steelers extend Tomlin through 2021

From Mirror, wire reports LATROBE — The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed on a one-year contract extension that will run through the 2021 season. The club announced the deal as players arrived at Saint Vincent College on Thursday for the start of Tomlin’s 13th ...

No fanfare for camp opener

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — No helicopter swooping in for a wind-swept landing. No Rolls Royce wrapped in black-and-gold complete with a chauffeur in full uniform. No firetrucks or random all-terrain vehicles either. The 2019 version of the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

Training camp capsule

Pittsburgh Steelers OPEN CAMP: July 25, Latrobe LAST YEAR: Pittsburgh let 2 1⁄2-game lead in AFC North vanish over final month of season to miss playoffs for first time since 2013. There were bright spots. Ben Roethlisberger led NFL in passing. JuJu Smith-Schuster developed into bona ...

Backup QB job wide open behind Ben

PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs did all the right things last summer, or at least enough of them for the Pittsburgh Steelers to cut veteran backup quarterback Landry Jones at the end of the preseason and promote Dobbs to the spot behind Ben Roethlisberger. Nine months later, none of it ...

Sarrett embacing promotion to line coach

PITTSBURGH — Shaun Sarrett wants to set something straight about the origin of his “Sweet Feet” nickname. It has nothing to do with boxing, Golden Gloves or otherwise. No matter what the members of the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line seem to think. If Sarrett is being honest, the ...