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Steelers’ Timmons looks to reverse defense’s struggles

By Ralph N. Paulk
All eyes will be on inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons as the Steelers defense faces versatile Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. “Being a veteran and a signal caller, I influence the defense,” Timmons said. “It’s …

Steelers’ Polamalu relying on smarts as physical skills decline

By Alan Robinson
NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger sees No. 43 on the field for the Steelers, but it’s not the Troy Polamalu he remembers. “The one thing …

Steelers notebook: Big Ben sees increase in throwing out of shotgun

By Alan Robinson
e_SBltBen Roethlisberger is throwing out of the shotgun more than ever, going 44 of 63 compared to 1 of 8 when under center. He was 33 of 55 after two games last season. “It gives the quarterback more (time) with …

Steelers defense a long way from ‘greatest of all time’

By Alan Robinson
Troy Polamalu knows it might be blasphemous to say this only a few weeks before Joe Greene’s No. 75 jersey is retired and the Steel …

Steelers remain confident in ground game

By Ralph N. Paulk
It’s premature to grade the offensive line two games into the season, but center Maurkice Pouncey is convinced the unit has fared well, especially in …

Steelers notebook: Former lineman Kemoeatu receives kidney from brother

By Alan Robinson
• Former Steelers offensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu received a new kidney that was donated by brother, Ma’ake, a former Ravens/Panthers/Redskins lineman. The procedure was done at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Chris Kemoeatu, whose kidney function deteriorated as the …

NFL notebook: Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges

By Wire Reports
Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman …

Panthers defensive end Hardy placed on exempt list

By The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers finally made a decision on Greg Hardy: the Pro Bowl defensive end will not play anymore games for Carolina until his domestic violence case is resolved. The team removed Hardy from its active roster Wednesday, …

Steelers’ Roethlisberger still hurting after hard hit from Ravens’ Upshaw

By Alan Robinson
Turns out it wasn’t just the Steelers defense that took a hard hit in Baltimore. Ben Roethlisberger called the hit to his chest by Ravens …

Steelers notebook: RT Gilbert not in danger of losing his job

By Alan Robinson
• Right tackle Marcus Gilbert apparently isn’t in danger of losing his starting job to Mike Adams despite allowing four sacks in two games. “I’m not concerned with his ability to rebound from that,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “I expect …

Steelers’ Brown combats disruptive defensive ploys

By Ralph N. Paulk
So far, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has faced a plethora of coverage schemes designed to limit his big-play capabilities. The Cleveland Browns doubled him …

Steelers veteran defenders want young teammates to step up

By Alan Robinson
Mike Mitchell played on the NFL’s No. 2-ranked defense in Carolina last season, and he knows what a good defense looks like. This isn’t it. …

Steelers notebook: Defense sags in NFL rankings because of struggles against the run

By Alan Robinson
• The Steelers are 20th in NFL team defense, largely because of the 29th-ranked run defense. They are No. 7 against the pass. Those defensive struggles are reflected in their Pro Football Focus player grades: Cam Thomas is 47th and …

Steelers not receiving big returns on their offseason investments

By Alan Robinson
The Steelers spent approximately $137 million during the offseason adding free agents, locking up their rookie class and re-signing veterans such as Marcus Gilbert and …

Steelers film session: Missed tackles prove costly

By Mark Kaboly
Tackle the catch. That’s been the backbone of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s philosophy for years. If you don’t tackle the catch in LeBeau’s scheme, you …

Robinson: There’s no telling when play of aging QBs will fall off

By Alan Robinson
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are defying quarterback gravity, but how much longer can it last? And now that Ben Roethlisberger is six months away …

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NFL notebook: Cardinals coach Arians shocked by Dwyer’s arrest

By The Associated Press
PHOENIX — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said domestic violence is a worldwide problem and should be addressed everywhere, not just in the NFL. “If this bad scar on the NFL, as you want to say right now, makes the rest …