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Robinson: Study shows NFL troublemakers don’t get hurt in wallet

By Alan Robinson
They are violent, physical risk-takers: players who take the field with an edge, are willing to gamble and aren’t afraid of failing. They’re exactly the kind of players NFL owners, general managers and coaches can’t wait to draft, to put …

Value of nickel rising in NFL

By Mark Kaboly
A nickel doesn’t buy much. Maybe a gumball, possibly a pencil. But in the NFL, a nickel (defense, that is) can get you a lot. …

Steelers notebook: Panthers LB Kuechly making an impression

By Alan Robinson
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is only in his third NFL season, yet he’s already been chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year. He’s the type of player who can single-handedly change an offensive game plan — or exactly …

Play to watch: Inside zone read slant/bubble

By Mark Kaboly
When you think of Cam Newton, the first thing that comes to mind is his ability to run. And for good reason. Through his first three years, Newton has accumulated 2,000 yards and 28 rushing touchdowns to go along with …

Starkey: Can Steelers’ Mitchell find Carolina cure?

By Joe Starkey
Maybe playing in Carolina will help Mike Mitchell play like he did in Carolina. Or maybe he needs to be used differently. Something better change, because the guy wearing No. 23 for the Steelers hardly looks like the big-play ballhawk …

Moore hopes to see red (zone) in Steelers debut

By Mark Kaboly
A solid No. 3 receiver is a must in the NFL these days, and the Steelers finally will get theirs on the field Sunday night …

Steelers notebook: Ravens DL fined for hit on Roethlisberger

By Mark Kaboly
Ravens DL Courtney Upshaw was fined for his hit on Ben Roethlisberger, but Troy Polamalu and Mike Mitchell averted fines for their hits last week. Upshaw was fined $16,537, the NFL confirmed Friday. • Running back Dri Archer (ankle) is …

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’ 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 …

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 …

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Former Titans kicker Bironas killed in accident

By The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car …