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Steelers

Big Ben worry-free over arm

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is pretty sure there isn’t a technical term for what doctors did to his shredded right elbow last fall. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is pretty sure about one thing though: no one who has ever played his position has ever ...

Big Ben gives Steelers fans good feelings

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is back and, to listen to the precious few who have seen the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback throw a football sometime in the past 10 months tell it, apparently as good as new. Even at 38. Even with a surgically ...

Steelers sign RB

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Wendell Smallwood to a one-year deal, giving the backfield a bit of experienced depth heading into training camp. Smallwood joins a group that includes James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels and rookie Anthony ...

Haselrig dead at age 54

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Carlton Haselrig, a Pro Bowl right guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the early 1990s who is also the only wrestler in NCAA history to win six individual national championships, died Wednesday. He was 54. Pat Pecora, who coached Haselrig to heavyweight ...

No preseason games for NFL

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has agreed to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the offer had not been made ...

Steelers rookies arriving today

From Mirror, wire reports PITTSBURGH — After going 8-8 a year ago and missing the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers will return to camp starting today, but not Latrobe, but right in the Steel City, as they prepare for what they hope is a return to the postseason. Because of the global ...

Scrapping preseason games on the table

The Associated Press The NFL has offered to scrap all preseason games, a person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press. The players’ association had sought no preseason games and the league had reduced the exhibition schedule to two games. But on Monday evening, the NFL ...

Players mixed on return

The Associated Press Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote ...

New NFL helmet technology is OK’d

The Associated Press Four organizations have been awarded a total of $1.37 million by the NFL to support the creation of their helmet prototypes. As part of the NFL Helmet Challenge, a contest with an additional prize of $1 million, receiving grants will be Impressio Inc. and CU Denver; ...

Steelers’ Hall of Fame game canceled

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and ...

Owners still plan to open up camps

The Associated Press The NFL still plans to hold training camps on time beginning in late July, though contingency plans are in place. Hours after the league canceled the Hall of Fame game that kicks off the preseason, the 32 team owners on Thursday were updated on a variety of issues, many ...

Tomlin to support Steelers no matter what

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants his players to feel comfortable speaking out about social justice in any way they see fit, provided it’s done “thoughtfully and with class.” Kneeling included. Tomlin said Tuesday the ...

Steelers to remain united if they opt for protests

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward is well-versed in the sometimes messy optics associated with taking a stand against social injustice. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end and his teammates met it head on in 2017, when a miscommunication with left tackle and ...

Ex-Steelers star getting probation

The Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — NFL free agent Antonio Brown pleaded no contest Friday to charges related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his South Florida home earlier this year. As part of a deal with Broward County prosecutors, Brown pleaded no contest to ...

Sports at a glance

Steelers sign two starters PITTSBURGH — ESPN reported Thursday that the Pittsburgh Steelers signed two of their 2019 starters as Matt Feiler and Mike Hilton agreed to their second-year tenders. Feiler had until this Monday to sign the tender offered to him in March. He’s now set to ...

Conner thinking only the future

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — James Conner didn’t treat the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as an obstacle, but an opportunity. While the shutdown forced the Pittsburgh Steelers running back to cancel a couple of planned vacations, it also gave him time ...

Tomlin able to get into team’s facility

The Associated Press More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have coaching staffs at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them. Clubs with coaches in place at their training complexes were Super Bowl champion Kansas City, ...

Steelers camp at home this year

The Associated Press All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Buffalo, ...

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 ...