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Steelers

Roethlisberger still ticking after all this time

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Randy Fichtner watched the big kid with the strong arm and the sense of invincibility that is the province of the very young and immediately grew worried. So Fichter, then the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterbacks coach, suggested to Ben Roethlisberger that ...

Blitzing still a big thing with Steelers

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The pressure came from everywhere. Up the middle. Off the edge. On stunts. On good old-fashioned one-on-one domination. Still, Denver quarterback Jeff Driskel thought he’d figured things out late on Sunday afternoon, leading the Broncos down to the ...

More improvement sought by Big Ben

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Judging by the tone of Ben Roethlisberger’s voice, it was hard to tell if the Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-0 or 0-2. No matter how the questions were framed following a 26-21 victory over Denver on Sunday that gave the Steelers their best start since 2017, ...

Steelers hold off Broncos, who were minus starting QB

PITTSBURGH — A game seemingly in hand suddenly on the cusp of slipping away, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t overthink things. His team’s defense is built on one principle: attack. Needing a stop to turn back the surprisingly resilient Denver Broncos, the Steelers ...

Denver in familiar spot

PITTSBURGH — Drew Lock is getting a sense of deja vu. So are the Denver Broncos. And not in a good way. The second-year quarterback’s status is uncertain after his right shoulder was driven into the ground in the first quarter of a 26-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Lock was ...

Conner’s balky ankle heading in right direction for Steelers

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh running back James Conner believes he’ll be able to play on his balky left ankle on Sunday when the Steelers host Denver in their home opener. Conner left a season-opening win over the New York Giants on Monday in the first ...

Broncos are next hurdle for Steelers

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The pain was familiar to Ben Roethlisberger. Welcome even. And the best part about how his 38-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s body felt following his first game in 364 days might have been the fact none of the pain originated ...

Packers seem like a lock at home against Lions

The Associated Press The Green Bay Packers are coming off an impressive season-opening win at Minnesota. So jump on the Packers this week in your knockout pool, right? Detroit is coming off a heart-breaking loss at home in which it led, 23-6, in the fourth quarter before losing to Chicago. ...

Steelers try to focus on just football

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers thought they had a plan for how to properly and respectfully make a public statement regarding social justice during their season opener against the New York Giants. Someone called an audible. Multiple someones, actually, leaving ...

Sports at a glance

Steelers put Banner on IR PITTSBURGH — Zach Banner’s season is over. The Steelers placed the right tackle on injured reserve Wednesday, two days after he tore the ACL in his right knee in a win over the New York Giants. Banner edged Chukwuma Okorafor during an extended training camp ...

Roethlisberger quiets doubters in winning opener

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Time to stop talking about Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right elbow. At least for now. Whatever lingering doubts Roethlisberger or the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers might have had over the state of their franchise quarterback’s ...

Defense, Big Ben help Steelers win opener

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There was one overriding reason Ben Roethlisberger worked so hard to return from a major elbow injury. His team. Roethlisberger, who missed the final 14 games last season after elbow surgery, threw for three scores and the ...

Path for NFL officials different, too

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For the past six-plus months, the Pittsbugh Steelers and New York Giants have been working virtually and eventually on the field to get ready for a season opener that came about despite the pain, tragedy and uneasiness caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been ...

It’s Ben awhile: Roethlisberger back, set for opener vs. Giants

Steelers at Giants When: 7:15 p.m. Monday Where: MetLife Stadium TV: ESPN By Tom Canavan The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants are playing guessing games to some extent heading into their season opener at MetLife Stadium on Monday ...

Steelers’ Banner gets the nod at RT

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Zach Banner looks back at the early stages of his NFL career and doesn’t like what he sees: an overweight, poorly disciplined kid letting the opportunity of a lifetime slip through his fingers. A fourth-round pick by Indianapolis in 2017, Banner was cut ...

Shazier retires from NFL

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier wants to make something clear. His comeback from a spinal injury suffered nearly three years ago remains very much on course. The end, however, won’t include the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker triumphantly running out onto the Heinz Field turf wearing his No. 50 ...

DT Heyward signs contract for five years

PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward knew his father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, bounced around the NFL during a decade-plus career as a running back that saw him suit up for five different teams. As much as Heyward admires his dad, he wasn’t eager to follow him down that particular path. Now, ...

Steelers bring back Dobbs, cut Hodges

PITTSBURGH — Quarterback Josh Dobbs and safety Sean Davis have reunited with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team claimed both players off waivers on Sunday, a day after they failed to make the 53-man rosters elsewhere. Dobbs was cut by Jacksonville — which traded for Dobbs last September ...

Steelers need to pick RT

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The race between Chukwuma Okorafor and Zach Banner to be the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting right tackle appears to be a dead heat with just over a week to go before the season opener against the New York Giants. Head coach Mike Tomlin hinted Friday ...

Pouncey still miffed over NFL deal

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Maurkice Pouncey didn’t love the collective bargaining agreement the NFL Players Association reached with team owners just as the COVID-19 pandemic brought the league and the world to a standstill. Not even a little. Six months later, he’s still ...