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Owners table onsides kick debate

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press For a league that took so many years to find a catch rule that makes sense — we think the current one does that — it can’t be a surprise that the somewhat radical proposal of an alternative to the onside kick has been tabled. No, fourth-and-15 is ...

Open facilities on the horizon

The Associated Press NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL owners tabled a proposal ...

Steelers’ DB thinks new format could be beneficial

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is missing the somewhat leisurely pace of the NFL’s organized team activities, when free time in the evenings allows teammates to develop the chemistry the Steelers safety considers critical to success. “You’re ...

Big names are still available on market

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Offseason shopping is still in full swing in the NFL. Even with the status of the upcoming season uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams continue to tinker with their rosters by adding players they hope will help them win — whenever or if ...

Steelers hold some tickets

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall. Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten said the club withheld 50% of ...

Rooney Rule gets an update

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press The NFL is amending the Rooney Rule to require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions, two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press. Reacting to a lack of diversity progress in hirings for ...

Tomlin didn’t offer bounty, ex-Steeler LB Harrison posts

PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is finding ways to make headlines in his retirement as easily he did during his productive but volatile career. Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler and the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, raised eyebrows Thursday when he ...

Teams may use WVa for training

By Anthony Izaguirre The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Several NFL teams are eyeing a resort owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice as a potential training facility during the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesman for the retreat said Wednesday. The Greenbrier, a lavish resort in ...

Rookies adapting to ‘virtual’ path

PITTSBURGH — This isn’t quite the way Anthony McFarland expected his NFL career to begin. Then again, the rookie running back knows he’s not the only one whose first taste of the pros is coming via conference calls with members of the coaching staff followed by self-administered tests in ...

Steelers home Thanksgiving night

Steelers schedule September 14 at Giants 7 p.m. 20 Broncos 1 p.m. 27 Texans 1 p.m. October 4 at Titans 1 p.m. 11 Eagles 1 p.m. 18 Browns 1 p.m. 25 at Ravens 1 p.m. November 1 Bye 8 at Cowboys 4:25 p.m. 15 Bengals 1 p.m. 22 at Jaguars 1 p.m. 26 Ravens 8:20 ...

NFL wants plan in place by May 15

NEW YORK — The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15. In a memo sent by Commissioner Roger Goodell and obtained Wednesday night by The Associated Press, several phases of the protocols were laid out. The first phase ...

Option picked up for Watt

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 141/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for ...

Pirates temporarily suspend 401k benefits amid pandemic

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pirates are suspending retirement benefits for members of Pittsburgh’s baseball operations staff in an effort to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday the team has been searching for ...

Ravens still the team to beat in AFC North

The Associated Press Following a season in which Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens ran away with the AFC North title, the rest of the division has been working diligently to narrow the gap. The Ravens, however, show no signs of slowing down. After a whirlwind of free agent signings ...

Steelers focus on seniors

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers love to pick younger players. A little more raw material. A little less tread on the tires. In this year’s draft, not so much. While general manager Kevin Colbert stressed it was coincidental that the Steelers used five of their six picks on seniors, ...

Steelers get help for Big Ben from Irish

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Chase Claypool had no idea he was on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ radar. Funny, the thing that struck offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner the most when he met the wide receiver at the NFL combine is how you couldn’t miss him. “He has an air about ...

Sooners’ QB going to Philly

The Associated Press Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who began his college career at Alabama, was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round with the 53rd overall pick. Hurts was the fifth quarterback taken overall and the first of Day 2. Hurts started his first two seasons ...

Friday’s NFL draft picks

SECOND ROUND 33. Cincinnati, Tee Higgins, wr, Clemson. 34. Indianapolis (from Washington), Michael Pittman Jr., rb, Southern Cal. 35. Detroit, D’Andre Swift, rb, Georgia. 36. N.Y. Giants, Xavier McKinney, s, Alabama. 37. New England (from L.A. Chargers), Kyle Dugger, s, ...

Steelers rare spectators

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t need to let the post-NFL draft grades come in. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach is certain his team hit a home run in 2020 regardless of what happens over the next three days. It helps when your first-round pick already has All-Pro on his resume. While ...

RB, QB may be top priorities, or not

Editor’s note: The following is the fourth of a four-part series analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2020 NFL draft. Today’s focus is on running backs and quarterbacks. One of the issues on why running back James Conner was not a first- or second-round pick in the 2017 draft was a concern ...