Steelers

Steelers to face surging Ravens

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger insists these late-season get-togethers between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are “fun.” Really. “When you play Baltimore you are going to get your head knocked off, they’re going to knock your head off, ...

Williams showing respect for teammates

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t so much a conscious decision Vince Williams made to wear teammate Ryan Shazier’s jersey during Steelers practice this week. And there wasn’t anyone who compelled him to do it, either. For Williams, donning the No. 50 of his close friend ...

Steelers will turn to Moats as starting LB

Shazier undergoes spinal stabilization surgery PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent surgery on Wednesday night to stabilize his spine. The team announced Thursday Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon performed the surgery after Shazier was transferred ...

League ruling leaves players confused, upset

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The NFL insists it isn’t sending mixed messages as it tries to cut down on what it considers violent plays that cross the line. The Pittsburgh Steelers heard one anyway. The AFC North leaders are confused and frustrated about the ...

Questions surface after suspensions, fines

CINCINNATI — Two players carted off, two others suspended, many fines to follow. One of the NFL’s nastiest rivalries set new lows in prime time, forcing fans to avert their eyes. What’s to be done about this long-running animosity between the Steelers (10-2) and Bengals (5-7)? Do the ...

Hits tough to watch

PITTSBURGH — It’s never a good idea to watch something scary on TV right before bedtime. But this was Steelers-Bengals from Cincinnati, an AFC North game of some significance in the Monday night spotlight. It was scary, and not just because the Steelers needed another last-second field ...

Shazier still in hospital

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will remain in a Cincinnati hospital until at least today to undergo further testing on a spinal injury suffered in the first quarter of Monday night’s win over the Bengals. Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than ...

Steelers survive Bengals

CINCINNATI — Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown caught a 6-yard touchdown pass — taking a hit to the head while landing in the end zone — and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off another improbable comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals, ...

No love lost between Steelers, Bengals

By Joe Kay The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Vontaze Burfict refused to shake the Steelers’ hands at midfield last October, and added to the insult by kicking one of them during the first quarter. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell tweeted after Pittsburgh’s 29-14 win that the ...

Numbers say Brown in MVP discussion

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Darrius Heyward-Bey wants to get something out of the way about the latest addition to Antonio Brown’s rapidly expanding highlight reel. It wasn’t a toe tap. It was a toe drag. The difference isn’t semantic. It’s vital. And one ...

Steelers want to stop the big-play blues

NFL Week 13 Who: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati When: Monday night Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. The line: Steelers by 5 1⁄2 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Heading into December, the numbers are gaudy. Second in sacks. Third against the pass. Fourth in total yards ...

Bengals’ ‘D’ needs to tighten up

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — The Bengals’ defense allowed the winless Browns only 16 points and came away thinking: This can’t happen again. The points weren’t the problem. Cleveland piled up 405 yards as Isaiah Crowell ran for a season-high 95 yards and rookie DeShone Kizer ...

Steelers enjoy night games

PITTSBURGH — Maybe it’s Ramon Foster’s pep talk in the tunnel before the Pittsburgh Steelers head out onto the field. Sure, let’s go with that. Before every prime-time game, the longtime left guard will gather his teammates around him and remind them that the rest of the NFL has ...

Tomlin candid during national TV interview

Left on the menu The remaining five games on the Steelers schedule include: Dec. 4......................................at Bengals Dec.10..........................................Ravens Dec. ...

Boswell’s kick wins it

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chris Boswell kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal as time expired to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 31-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The Steelers (9-2) won their sixth straight thanks in large part to wide ...

For the moment, style points don’t matter

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin wasted no time in admitting the obvious: His evaluation of the Steelers’ 31-28 victory over the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers Sunday night will be determined by the calendar. In the moment, there was the warm glow of a victory that pushed the Steelers to 9-2 ...

Steelers, Packers going opposite ways

PITTSBURGH — Mike McCarthy grew up in Pittsburgh and the roots still run deep for the longtime Green Bay Packers coach. Tonight’s visit to Heinz Field against the AFC North-leading Steelers will be a homecoming of sorts for McCarthy and several staff members, including defensive ...

Suspension doesn’t raise eyebrows

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ Marcus Gilbert was suspended for a quarter of the season last week, and it seemed like nobody noticed. There was more buzz about JuJu Smith-Schuster’s bicycle being stolen a few weeks earlier. Is failing a steroid test just an occupational hazard that the ...

Heyward in the middle of breakout season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward is not aware of the history he is chasing. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end doesn’t particularly care either. Heyward’s two sacks last week against Tennessee pushed his season total to seven. If he comes up with three more over the ...

Steelers’ backup set for full-time job

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Respect comes in many forms. For Chris Hubbard, it came a couple years ago when the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman learned he was no longer on the hook to pick up the massive spread required for the line’s weekly Thursday night get ...