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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 and rolled a safety to keep him from getting deep. It was an adjustment that …

Roethlisberger hurting after hit to chest by Ravens’ Upshaw

By Alan Robinson 9:03 p.m.
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 linebacker Courtney Upshaw on the Steelers’ opening drive Thursday the second-hardest of his career and …

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

By Alan Robinson 9:24 p.m.
• 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 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 …

Steelers’ defense out of sync

By Ralph N. Paulk
Cortez Allen grudgingly lifted his head from his hands as he sat at his locker inside M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night. The Steelers cornerback whispered softly as he struggled to explain what went wrong during a disheartening 26-6 defeat …

Steelers’ Bell gets bulk of team’s touches

By Mark Kaboly
BALTIMORE — Le’Veon Bell sat at his locker inside M&T Bank Stadium thumbing through game statistics not long after the Steelers lost to the Ravens, …

Big Ben’s struggles emblematic of loss

By Alan Robinson
Every game he played last season. Every game he played in 2012. Over the last two-plus seasons, Ben Roethlisberger is the one consistent on a …

Heyward confident youthful Steelers defense will improve

By Alan Robinson
The Steelers have only 37 sacks in 18 games the last two seasons, 26 fewer than NFL leader Carolina does in one fewer game. Only Jacksonville (36) has fewer sacks. “Our defense is very young,” Cam Heyward said. “We’re going …

Steelers, Pirates dominate local airwaves

By Staff and Wire Report
Overnight regional audiences for Thursday night Steelers (KDKA-TV) and Pirates (Root Sports Pittsburgh) games were 1,093,750 and 300,000 people, respectively. The games overlapped, so that means nearly half of the regional audience was watching sports at one point. Nationwide, the …

Mistakes multiply for Steelers in rout by Ravens

By Alan Robinson
BALTIMORE — Dick LeBeau blamed his defense for getting rattled in the second half against Cleveland. This time, there was a whole lot of rattling …

Rice crisis tests NFL team owners’ trust in commissioner Goodell

By Alan Robinson
BALTIMORE — Perhaps the two NFL team owners Commissioner Roger Goodell has grown to trust most are Art Rooney II of the Steelers and John …

Rossi: Are NFL fans ready for some priorities?

By Rob Rossi
BALTIMORE — Tina Gavin had seven jerseys from which to pick. She chose her Ray Rice No. 27. Wore it proudly, with purpose. She wanted …

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Minnesota governor: Peterson should be suspended

By Wire Reports 9:24 p.m.
In the wake of the Vikings’ decision to allow troubled running back Adrian Peterson to play while the legal process plays out in Texas over a felony charge of child abuse for spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, …