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Steelers

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 ...

Dupree ready for followup

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Bud Dupree didn’t get offended last summer when the Pittsburgh Steelers declined to negotiate a contract extension. It was fine, the outside linebacker said repeatedly, pointing out it simply gave him a chance to bet on himself. A year later, after the ...

Pain-free Big Ben set to go

No fans yet The Pittsburgh Steelers organization announced Thursday they will not allow fans into Heinz Field for at least their first two home games on Sept. 20, against Denver, and on Sept. 27, against Houston. By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The chronic ache in his ...

Linebacker Watt ready for his spotlight

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — T.J. Watt reads the stories from his rookie year in 2017 and can’t help but laugh a little. Sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker is more reserved than older brother J.J. — the high-profile defensive end for the Houston ...

Steelers’ Fitzpatrick ready to build in 2020

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is just fine with how 2019 turned out, thanks for asking. So forgive the Pittsburgh Steelers safety for not demanding the team change how it uses him in his second season patrolling the back end of the ...

‘Super Scout’ Nunn nominated for Hall

The Associated Press CANTON, Ohio — Bill Nunn, dubbed a “super scout” for the Pittsburgh Steelers for finding NFL talent at historically Black universities, has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor. Nunn was later the team’s assistant director of player ...

Johnson on list of potential breakouts

The Associated Press Johnathan Abram’s physical play and loud talking made him a player Jon Gruden felt would be a tone-setter for the Raiders defense last season. Instead, the rookie safety injured his shoulder in the season opener and didn’t play again last season. Now Abram is one of ...

COVID faulty testing issue allows NFL to learn for future

The Associated Press ALLEN PARK, Mich. — In two-plus weeks, the NFL kicks off its season. That doesn’t leave the league much time to resolve significant issues about its COVID-19 testing procedures. BioReference Laboratories, which is conducting tests for the league, said Monday an ...

NFL stadium policies

NFL stadium policies Arizona — Team hasn’t publicly discussed plans for fans. Atlanta — No fans in September. Affects two games, on Sept. 13 against Seattle and on Sept. 27 against Chicago. Baltimore — No fans for the start of the season. Buffalo — Bills have offered refunds ...

Rudolph eager for challenge

PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph spent a portion of his offseason watching every snap he took for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. In many cases, more than once. The video reaffirmed to the third-year backup quarterback a couple of things. One, that he can be an everyday starter in the NFL and ...

Steelers pushing Bush to get into brain games

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Devin Bush’s speed was never in question. If anything, it’s one of the reasons the Pittsburgh Steelers traded up to grab the inside linebacker with the innate knack for getting to the ball as quickly as possible in the 2019 draft. Yet ...

Steelers assistant coach not afraid of virus

By Dave Campbell The Associated Press Danny Smith will turn 67 in the middle of this pandemic-altered NFL season, an age that has put Pittsburgh’s special teams coordinator at higher risk for harm from the coronavirus. Taking a precautionary sabbatical this year, however, would not have ...

Steelers duo has chance to bounce back in ’20

The Associated Press ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Von Miller is determined to show 2019 was an oddity, not an omen. Miller’s performance last season was nothing to scoff at considering he had eight sacks and made his eighth Pro Bowl. But his five-year run as an All-Pro first- or second-team ...

Sports at a glance

Bettis to sue EQT company Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against a Pittsburgh company he had promoted for its commitment to diversity. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania, western district. It cites breach of ...

Steelers happy with secondary leaders

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden could have taken Steve Nelson’s arrival personally, a threat of sorts when the Pittsburgh Steelers splurged in free agency in March 2019 to bring in Nelson from Kansas City. The Steelers were looking to shore up a leaky ...

Steelers’ young receiver loves winning, and having fun

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The answer was decidedly on brand. Asked on Monday what he brings to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver room as the longest-tenured member of the group despite still being just 23, JuJu Smith-Schuster sounded very much like the kid ...

Steelers’ backfield wants consistency

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — James Conner is tired of answering questions about his health. Really tired. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back remains adamant he can thrive in the NFL if he stays on the field. Conner understands he can’t run from his resume, which ...

DeCastro hoping for another good run

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — David DeCastro understands he’s running out of time. So are most of the other members on what’s been one of the NFL’s most consistent offensive lines for the better part of a decade. The veteran Pittsburgh Steelers right guard ...

Tomlin warily eyes 2020 season

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are united heading into the 2020 season. Yet even with every member of his team opting to play this fall, that doesn’t mean Mike Tomlin is certain his club — or the NFL at large — will be able to navigate without any ...