Steelers

Bryant returns humble, but happy

PITTSBURGH — Martavis Bryant slowly made his way down the hill that connects the locker room at Saint Vincent College with Chuck Noll Field, his familiar No. 10 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey pulled over the talented if occasionally troubled wide receiver’s shoulders in public for the first ...

Watt Bros. share the love on defense

By Kristie Rieken The Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — J.J. Watt learned of his brother T.J. Watt’s big game on Friday night from an unlikely source. The Houston Texans star checked his phone after a team meeting to see a text from Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick ...

Let the games begin

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Watching T.J. Watt and Josh Dobbs in their first NFL game, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin got what he expected from the draft picks. They had their ups and downs, and they showed they belonged in the league, as did eighth-year linebacker Arthur Moats. Dobbs ...

Steelers’ Bryant cleared to practice

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is a step closer to returning to the league full time. General manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday night that Bryant has been cleared to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and ...

Rookie QB Dobbs eager to step in for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Don’t get Josh Dobbs wrong. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie quarterback is amped to take the first snaps of his NFL career on Friday night when the AFC North champions open the preseason against the New York Giants. The fourth-round pick from Tennessee — who may or may not ...

James ready to become top TE

LATROBE — Jesse James has prepared the last two offseasons to be the starting tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers even as the team explored its options following Heath Miller’s unexpected retirement in 2015. Pittsburgh splurged in free agency a year ago, signing Ladarius Green to a ...

Heyward back to anchor D-line

LATROBE — Cam Heyward vividly remembers a December road game last season at Cincinnati, where the Pittsburgh Steelers were quickly running out of healthy bodies along the defensive line. Heyward was already sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle for a game the Steelers won by four points. He ...

Continuity, chemistry key OL

LATROBE — Alejandro Villanueva was in mid-answer trying to put his new contract — the one that puts the former Army Ranger-turned-NFL left tackle in charge of protecting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side for the rest of the decade — in perspective when ...

Tomlin gets extension

PITTSBURGH — Coach Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to an extension that will keep the 45-year-old in Pittsburgh through the 2020 season. Tomlin is 103-57 in 10 years with the Steelers. Steelers President Art Rooney said Tomlin “continues to prove he is one of the top head ...

Depth, diversity at receiver spot

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — Their All-Pro wide receiver spent the day welcoming newborn son Apollo into the world. Their talented but enigmatic project watched practice in a long-sleeved T-shirt and shorts waiting for the NFL to fully reinstate him after a year away ...

Steelers’ Conner exits practice

LATROBE — Rookie running back James Conner left the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first padded practice early with a shoulder injury. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday the former University of Pittsburgh star was being evaluated. The third-round pick overcame lymphoma to become the ACC Player ...

Time to take Big Ben seriously

PITTSBURGH — When last season ended and Ben Roethlisberger said he might not be back, people rolled their eyes. Conventional wisdom said this just more false drama from Ben. Roethlisberger has revisited that theme as the Steelers opened training camp, saying that he won’t commit beyond ...

Defense ready to grow up

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — Mike Tomlin’s word choice was specific. That way, nothing would get lost in translation. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach believes the generational shift his defense was forced to undergo over the last five years is officially over. No ...

Conner just another Steeler rookie in camp

By Will Graves The Associated Press LATROBE — The catharsis came inside a crowded restaurant on that raucous Friday night in late April when James Conner picked up the phone and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was on the other end telling Conner he was about to be selected in the ...

Steelers report without Bell

LATROBE — The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled into training camp on Thursday in pickup trucks and Porsches, Rolls Royces and Rubicons. And in the case of ageless linebacker James Harrison, a firetruck. Because of course he did. Left tackle Alejandro Villaneuva showed up too, arriving with ...

AFC North training camp capsules

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-6) OPEN CAMP: July 28, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. LAST YEAR: Steelers shook off underwhelming first half to win seven straight and clinch second AFC North title in three years. Two more playoff wins followed before lopsided loss at New England in AFC ...

Steelers, Bell fail to reach long-term deal

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season. Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new ...

Man’s quest for Steelers’ autographs ends

By Kevin Gorman Pittsburgh-Tribune Review PITTSBURGH — The signatures are special to Merrill Shaffer, for they belong to the Super Steelers of the 1970s that served as his heroes. The names are signed in gold on a black replica Steelers helmet, and just looking at them together reminds ...

Bryant vows he’s a changed man now

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Game days were the hardest, when the pain Martavis Bryant inflicted on himself, his family and his Pittsburgh Steeler teammates felt the most acute. So Bryant retreated and refocused. The television in the Las Vegas place he shared with ...

Green, Warren fail physicals, get released

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers released tight end Ladarius Green and long snapper Greg Warren on Thursday after both failed physicals. While Warren’s departure became imminent after the Steelers made the unusual move of selecting long snapper Colin Holba from ...