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Steelers’ surge continues

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell might be ready to head back to work. The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t exactly look like they need him. The star running back tweeted “Farewell Miami” on Monday, possibly indicating the end of his months-long standoff with the club. Bell hasn’t been inside ...

Steelers offense controls ball in victory over Ravens

BALTIMORE — Going up against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, Ben Roethlisberger showed his versatility, grit and ability to bounce back from injury. He also proved his own theory: The only unit capable of stopping the Pittsburgh offense is, well, the Pittsburgh offense. Roethlisberger ...

Secondary facing big challenge

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden knows about losing to the Baltimore Ravens. The Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback has been on the losing end of 11 of his 14 games against Baltimore. Ten of those 11 came when he was with the Cleveland Browns. He’s only lost to the Ravens once with the Steelers, 26-14 ...

Bell’s presence couldn’t hurt team

PITTSBURGH — Aw, who needs Le’Veon Bell, right? That’s been the prevailing sentiment lately as Bell’s contract holdout continues with no end or logic in sight. His absence has coincided with some record-setting work by replacement James Conner. In last Sunday’s game against ...

Steelers’ offense seeks better production in Baltimore

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have an opportunity to create some mid-season separation in the AFC North. To do that, they will have to beat the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, a venue where the Steelers have found it difficult to win and generate ...

Steelers, Ravens face similar pressures

BALTIMORE — In each of the last two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been eliminated from playoff contention with late-season losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time since 2014, these AFC North rivals will wrap up the season series before December. That doesn’t mean ...

Steelers make no moves at deadline

PITTSBURGH — Good news. The NFL trading deadline passed Tuesday afternoon, and that ended all the crackpot Le’Veon Bell trade rumors. He’ll either play for the Steelers, or he’ll stay home and lose in excess of $800,000 every time his erstwhile teammates play a game. The Steelers ...

Big Ben has hand injury

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a broken index finger on his left hand. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger sustained the injury on his non-throwing hand at some point in Pittsburgh’s 33-18 victory over Cleveland on Sunday. ...

Conner making most of time with Bell gone

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t surprised by the success of second-year running back James Conner. Conner continues to shine in the spotlight while two-time All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell remains away from the team. Conner enjoyed a history-making day, accounting for more ...

Steelers top Browns with more than football on minds

PITTSBURGH — Shaken by an unspeakable tragedy, this city needed something to ease its pain. The Steelers brought some joy to their grieving community. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, James Conner ran for two scores, and Pittsburgh beat the Cleveland Browns ...

Conner making Bell absence hurt less

PITTSBURGH — The NFL trading deadline arrives Tuesday at 4 p.m. Does Le’Veon Bell report to the Steelers after that? Bell’s lingering absence is less of an issue because of the work being turned in by his replacement, James Conner. Conner ran for 146 yards in Sunday’s 33-18 ...

Steelers play with tragedy on minds

PITTSBURGH — Sunday dawned gray and gloomy in Pittsburgh with a persistent drizzle. It was one of those days when the elements matched the mood. The Steelers played the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field, just a few miles from the spot where a hideous tragedy was making international ...

Steelers try to extend surge

PITTSBURGH — The faces change, sometimes at a dizzying rate. The results when the Cleveland Browns visit the Pittsburgh Steelers do not. Each fall the Browns make their way to Heinz Field, typically with a new quarterback and frequently with a new head coach in tow. And each trip ends in ...

CB Haden enjoying career renaissance

PITTSBURGH — The end came quickly in Cleveland for Joe Haden, a stark reminder that the NFL is a business. The Browns were rebuilding again in the summer of 2017, and having a cornerback in his late 20s making eight figures didn’t exactly fit the plan, fiscally or otherwise. For the first ...

Concern quieted since bumpy beginning

PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden knows from distractions and disappointment. Call it the byproduct of spending the first seven seasons of your career in Cleveland. So the Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback always kind of wondered about the level of concern and borderline panic — outside the locker room ...

Revamped Steelers’ defense has picked up the pace

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — There’s a certain kind of joyful mundaneness to Terrell Edmunds’ first job out of college. The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety is typically up before dawn and at the team’s training facility by 7 a.m., where he spends the 11 or so ...

Roethlisberger-Brown connection sends Cincy reeling

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Ben Roethlisberger saw the defensive alignment and knew immediately that the Pittsburgh Steelers had a chance for a winning touchdown. All he had to do was get the ball to Antonio Brown right away. Brown took a few strides, caught the pass ...

Bengals can only sit, wonder why

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Fans in the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium hung a banner that read: “Make Them Respect Us.” Instead, the Steelers broke their hearts in the last minute all over again. The Bengals let yet another one slip away against their AFC North ...

Cincy trying to end Steelers’ reign

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick knows what it’s like to think that victory is only a few seconds away, only to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers rally for another improbable win, and run off the field as thousands of their fans twirl towels in the ...

Bengals’ Boyd would love to beat hometown team for once

CINCINNATI — Hines Ward was Tyler Boyd’s favorite Steelers player while he grew up in Clairton, Pennsylvania. He loved how No. 86 made the tough catches in the biggest games and helped Pittsburgh win two Super Bowls during his 14 seasons. “He was my guy,” the Bengals receiver said. ...