Steelers

RB Bell feeling fresh

PITTSBURGH — This was always part of Le’Veon Bell’s business plan, the one that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back put together over the summer when he decided to skip training camp while waiting to sign his franchise tag tender. Bell’s eyes weren’t focused on August but January. ...

Brown feeling pretty optimistic

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Even as he sat in the back of a police car sprinting to the hospital to get a precise prognosis on his injured left calf while the Pittsburgh Steelers played on without him during a loss to New England three weeks ago, Antonio Brown ...

Steelers rise above the distractions

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — If Cam Heyward’s being honest, he’s lost count of distractions the Pittsburgh Steelers have dealt with this season, be they self-created, overblown or otherwise. The weeks would pass and something that had nothing to do with ...

It’s Brady, Big Ben and lots of questions

NFL playoffs Wild-card Playoffs Saturday Tennessee at Kansas City, 4:35 p.m. Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. Sunday Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 4:40 p.m. Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 13 New Orleans, Carolina or Atlanta at ...

Offensive line thriving under Munchak

PITTSBURGH — Mike Munchak doesn’t live in a bubble. If anything, he makes it a point to avoid it. So do the players he mentors as the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. So when the Hall of Famer’s name popped up as a candidate for the open head coaching job in Arizona ...

Brown’s calf rehab ‘going well’

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown is inching toward a return from a left calf injury. Brown hasn’t played since injuring the calf in the first half of a loss to New England on Dec. 17. He posted video of himself working out on a treadmill on Monday. ...

Steelers enter playoffs with better depth

PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t catch a snap of the 2017 AFC championship game. Life out in Los Angeles was just a little too hectic as the wide receiver prepared for the NFL draft. Martavis Bryant skipped out on it too, in part because of the pain of missing out while serving a ...

Steelers’ subs beat Browns

PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to go 0-16 when they failed to find a way to beat the backup-laden Pittsburgh Steelers in a 28-24 loss on Sunday. Cleveland had a chance late in the fourth quarter, but quarterback DeShone ...

Steelers avoid major injuries

PITTSBURGH — If you could overlook the icicles forming on your eyebrows, this was just like NFL preseason football. The stars were on the sideline and the subs had the field. That’s the way it worked for Sunday afternoon’s regular season finale between the Cleveland Browns and ...

Year of the championship

More than perhaps any other year in recent memory, the calendar year 2017 brought something special for just about every sports fan in the Altoona Mirrorás readership area. Name the sport, and there was a corresponding honor or accolade for an athletic team or individual. Penn State ...

Steelers weigh options against winless Browns

PITTSBURGH — When the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped Cleveland with a 21-18 victory in the 2017 season opener on Sept. 10, they stressed there was no need to panic despite a largely “meh” performance. The Steelers were confident they’d get it together and besides, the team they’d just ...

Test your knowledge of the year past

PITTSBURGH — It’s that time again: the last week in the last month. Time to vacuum the pine needles, hunt for 75 percent discounts on picked-over Christmas merchandise and — oh yes, thank you, Lord — send the kids back to school. But before any of that happens, it’s time to tackle ...

2017 in review

JANUARY n The Penn State football team loses a heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, 52-49, to USC on a last-second 46-yard field goal. n Penn State’s Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels announce they will leave early for the NFL Draft. Teammate Marcus Allen announces he will return for his senior ...

Steeler reserves ready to fill in

PITTSBURGH — Stevan Ridley figured he’d have to wait until 2018 to get a shot at reviving his career. The running back spent most of the fall working out, trying to watch his weight and hoping a job offer would pop up. As the weeks passed, Ridley started to wonder if one ever ...

Defense eyeing record

PITTSBURGH — Improved coverage in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary has allowed the defense an opportunity to make team history. The Steelers have 50 sacks, which is five from the franchise record entering Sunday’s regular-season finale against Cleveland. “If you can get them to ...

Tomlin may opt to keep Bell off the field

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell could potentially make some Pittsburgh Steelers history Sunday. But will he even get the chance? For all the Steelers have accomplished, a regular-season league rushing champion has been elusive. Despite two Hall of Fame running backs and four first-team ...

Steelers miffed at Harrison

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots safety Devin McCourty got a closer look at James Harrison when the linebacker strolled through the locker room on Wednesday. It left an impression. “He’s a well put together human being. Scary-looking some would probably say,” McCourty said. The ...

Tomlin not revealing lineup

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin isn’t sure how long of a break he wants to give his star players before the postseason begins. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach is going to wait to determine how much Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and company play during Sunday’s regular-season finale against ...

Harrison signs with Patriots

James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room. The ex-Steelers star signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, three days after his unceremonious departure from Pittsburgh. The 39-year-old linebacker posted a photo on Instagram ...

Steelers trounce the Texans

HOUSTON — Ben Roethlisberger told his teammates they didn’t need to make up for Antonio Brown’s absence. He just wanted everyone to do what they could to help out, figuring that would be enough. It certainly was. “I know everyone was thinking about A.B. not being out there and trying ...