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Steelers’ Adams delivers in pinch against Texans

By Ralph N. Paulk
Mike Adams, once a highly touted second-round pick, reluctantly settled into his role on special teams and as a backup offensive tackle. But when starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert was sidelined with a concussion early in the second quarter Monday …

Steelers free safety Mitchell is still settling into role on defense

By Alan Robinson
Mike Mitchell isn’t the player he was last season in Carolina, and he knows it. The Steelers don’t want him to be. As the free …

Rossi: Middling Steelers must make a statement

By Rob Rossi 10:33 a.m.
The superhero I always wanted on my side was Wolverine. It’s not that he is immortal. (Actually, Marvel is in the process of killing him …

Steelers notebook: Young players provide big challenge for special teams coach

By Alan Robinson
Special teams coach Danny Smith is working with a rookie kick returner in Dri Archer and a first-year punter in Brad Wing, and he acknowledges it can be aggravating coaching youth. Archer, the third-round draft choice, averages an NFL-low 17.9 …

Steelers’ Pouncey, brother won’t be charged in July fracas

By Mark Kaboly
Maurkice Pouncey celebrated his past two birthdays — Nos. 24 and 25 — at a Florida nightclub with his twin brother Mike Pouncey, a center …

Steelers’ defense on pace for fewest sacks in 16-game season

By Alan Robinson
Not even Peyton Manning is keeping up with Andrew Luck, who is piling up the passing yards so quickly and easily he could threaten Manning’s …

Starkey: Century mark beckons for Ben

By Joe Starkey
Mike Tomlin calls his quarterback “a sick competitor.” The description seemed especially apt Monday night at Heinz Field, where Ben Roethlisberger pretty much lost his …

Steelers notebook: No-huddle gets limited use vs. Texans

By Alan Robinson
The Steelers ran only eight plays out of the no-huddle Monday, mostly because they held a lead throughout the second half following their three-touchdown flurry just before halftime. By contrast, Ben Roethlisberger ran the no-huddle 25 times alone in the …

Nearing season’s midpoint, Steelers still have issues to sort out

By Alan Robinson
The Steelers will hit the midpoint of their season Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts still searching for an identity, something that tells them what kind …

Steelers film session: Watt kept under control

By Mark Kaboly
J.J. Watt can change the outcome of a game and has a number of times this year. But against the Steelers, Watt was held in …

Steelers’ defense rebounds after shaky 1st quarter, forces Texans into mistakes

By Ralph N. Paulk
As an angry crowd bemoaned the Steelers’ lackluster effort in the first quarter on Monday Night Football at Heinz Field, safety Mike Mitchell figured the …

Steelers lookahead: Colts QB Luck becoming one of NFL’s elite

By Alan Robinson
Andrew Luck: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and ... Andrew Luck. Manning and Brady are pocket passers who have been atop the NFL quarterback hierarchy for …

Steelers dial up 2-point play for Brown’s TD toss

By Alan Robinson
The Steelers used up their best 2-point conversion play when Antonio Brown threw a misdirection touchdown pass to fellow wide receiver Lance Moore on Monday …

Steelers use 3 late first-half TDs to stun Texans

By Alan Robinson
Call them the 73 seconds that potentially saved a season. The Steelers lacked a pass rush, a running game, a viable second receiving option for …

For all but 2 minutes vs. Steelers, Texans played ‘pretty good game’

By Chris Harlan
The Texans were focused on 73 seconds. In a span of less than two minutes, there were two Houston turnovers, an 8-yard kickoff return and …

Rookie Bryant sparks deep passing game for Steelers in victory

By Mark Kaboly
Todd Haley was a little worried about Martavis Bryant. Not that the Steelers offensive coordinator didn’t have confidence in the rookie fourth-round wide receiver, but …

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NFL

NFL notebook: Goodell must testify at Rice appeal

By The Associated Press
A person familiar with the case told the Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension. The arbiter, former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, informed the …