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Linebacker Harrison coming along slowly since return to Steelers

By Ralph N. Paulk
James Harrison has had four games to dust off the cobwebs after re-signing with the Steelers in late September. There has been time enough, too, to lubricate his squeaky wheels. Or, so it seems. The 36-year-old linebacker acknowledged it has …

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 …

Steelers notebook: Shazier returns just in time

By Ralph N. Paulk
Linebacker Ryan Shazier, who missed the last four games with a knee injury, is expected to play Sunday when the Steelers host the Indianapolis Colts …

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
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 …

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NFL

NFL notebook: Bucs DT McCoy signs 7-year, $98M deal

By Wire Reports 6:39 p.m.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has signed a seven-year extension with the Buccaneers worth $98 million, making McCoy the highest-paid player at his position. McCoy, a 2013 All-Pro, will get $51.5 million guaranteed, the most ever given to a defensive tackle …