Steelers

Steelers owning up to ugly Sunday-night loss at home

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The excuses aren’t hard to find if the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the mood to look for them. The false start that wasn’t called on a play that ended with a Los Angeles Chargers touchdown. The apparent block in the back that helped spring Chargers ...

Mistakes still hurting Raiders

The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coach Jon Gruden knows the Oakland Raiders aren’t nearly good enough to overcome a litany of mistakes if they want to be able to beat one of the top teams in the league like the Kansas City Chiefs. So when the running backs lose three fumbles, a ...

Big month awaits Steelers, Chargers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Philip Rivers didn’t exactly spend a lot of time poring over the most accurate performance by a quarterback in NFL history. The longtime Chargers quarterback understands there’s no time. Not with the Chargers (8-3) scrambling to stay ahead in the ...

JuJu officially in the spotlight

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to get something straight. That 4.52-second 40-yard dash the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver ran at the combine in the spring of 2017? It was a blessing, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time. A fraction faster and ...

Brotherly love on schedule for Heinz Field

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — On the surface they’re identical. Below the surface too. Large. Loud. Remarkably athletic and remarkably close. Well compensated and well tattooed. Still, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey believes there is one surefire way to tell him and Los ...

Big Ben, Rivers will renew rivalry

The Associated Press COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Chargers’ Philip Rivers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger are playing some of the best football of their 15-year careers. On Sunday, the two meet at Heinz Field in a prime-time game that could serve as a playoff preview. If the ...

Conner owns his mistakes

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger cut off the question mid-sentence. The quicker to dismiss it, the better. No, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback stressed, there are no issues about running back James Conner’s ability to hold onto the ball even after Conner’s ...

Steelers’ tight ends are hurting

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have their depth at tight end tested with Vance McDonald and Xavier Grimble both dealing with injuries. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that McDonald has a hip issue while Grimble is in the concussion protocol. McDonald could ...

It’s time to correct mistakes

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger called the interception that ended Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak fluky. On the surface, the Steelers quarterback is right. The only reason Denver defensive lineman Shelby Harris found himself in position to make a leaping grab of Roethlisberger’s ...

Red zone woes haunt Steelers in loss to Broncos

DENVER — Nose tackle Shelby Harris picked off Ben Roethlisberger’s 2-yard pass to Antonio Brown in the end zone with 1:03 remaining to seal Denver’s 24-17 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Steelers’ six-game winning streak Sunday. “I never thought in a million years a defensive ...

Takeaways key for Broncos

DENVER — Von Miller channeled Bill Belichick after the Denver Broncos’ stirring 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished all six of his answers in his poker-faced postgame news conference by saying, it’s “on to Cincinnati.” The surging Broncos (5-6) visit the sliding ...

Broncos’ defense not afraid of Steelers

The Associated Press DENVER — The Pittsburgh Steelers can unnerve plenty of defenses with the NFL’s best pair of pass catchers and the league’s top tight end tandem. Not Denver’s. “We’ve had a tough game every week,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. “We haven’t ...

Dangerfield ready in a pinch

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Dangerfield has carved out a niche on the NFL’s fringe, one that’s not for the impatient or the faint of heart. The 27-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers safety has spent much of the last five years bouncing from the 53-man roster to the practice squad and back again. He ...

Rookie lineman helps when necessary

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Munchak revels in projects such as Chukwuma Okorafor. The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach loves few things more than taking raw talent, particularly talent with an unconventional background, and turning into something far more ...

Steelers fall in rankings despite win

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints just keep on rolling. The Saints extended their winning streak to nine games with a 48-7 rout of the Eagles, handing them the most lopsided defeat for a Super Bowl champion. And the Saints will also get an early start ...

Steelers score twice late to win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning. So when Big Ben muscled his way over ...

Steelers replacements in the trenches capable

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without key starters on their offensive and defensive lines when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt has been ruled out ...

Soaring Pittsburgh trying not to overlook sinking Jaguars

The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Even if the memory is still fresh, the temptation is there for Pittsburgh to overlook the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers might have been guilty of that in January in the AFC divisional playoffs. Mike Mitchell and Le’Veon Bell talked more ...

Steelers moving on from Bell saga

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent the better part of 10 months waiting on Le’Veon Bell to show up for work. They said all the right things, stressed they understood the star running back was making a business decision by opting to stay home in hopes of protecting himself ahead of a ...

Closure finally in Bell saga

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell’s patience on the football field sets him apart. In a game built on chaos, the star running back rarely hurries or makes hasty decisions. His ability to put his hand on the back of an offensive lineman while waiting for the hole to open ...