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Steelers’ Shazier sits, Justin Brown inactive vs. Texans

By Alan Robinson 7:51 p.m.
When the season started, one of the big questions about the Steelers defense was how quickly first-round draft picks Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones would progress. Now, the bigger question is when the linebackers will return. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expressed optimism early last week that Shazier (sprained right knee) …

Steelers players are ready for annual runway turn for charity

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop 9:08 p.m.
A 6-foot-3, 303-pound man can have good footwork. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum will get the chance to demonstrate his polished steps on the …

Opposing defenses find success against Steelers by eschewing blitz

By Mark Kaboly
It has taken more than a decade, but teams have figured out Ben Roethlisberger. Well, they might not have totally figured out Roethlisberger, but they …

Steelers looking for Spence to step up game at inside linebacker

By Ralph N. Paulk
Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier was feeling good about his chances of playing on “Monday Night Football” when he returned to the practice field last …

Play of the week: Texans find success with zone stretch running attack

By Mark Kaboly
Houston is a zone stretch running team. In fact, nobody runs it better than the Texans, especially with Arian Foster. On the flip side, the …

Snapshot in time: Comparing Cowher, Tomlin drafts

By Alan Robinson
Bill Cowher is in his eighth season of sitting on the CBS studio set every Sunday analyzing NFL games, yet his legacy remains with the …

Starkey: Ward’s comments hit hard, but were they accurate?

By Joe Starkey
To say Ben Roethlisberger was displeased with ex-teammate Hines Ward’s recent critique is an understatement. A radical one. Roethlisberger, standing at his locker after practice …

Steelers’ Brown made good after leaving PSU in wake of sanctions

By Chris Adamski
Justin Brown, from time to time, hears his name yelled from the stands at Heinz Field. Problem is, it sometimes is not for the reasons …

Robinson: Big Ben on pace to break Favre’s record — for sacks

By Alan Robinson
Peyton Manning is set to break Brett Favre’s career touchdown passes record, perhaps as early as Sunday night. He’ll accomplish it in his 16th NFL …

Steelers notebook: Shazier limited in practice

By Ralph N. Paulk
Linebacker Ryan Shazier was limited in practice Saturday and is listed as questionable for the Steelers’ game Monday night against Houston at Heinz Field. The rookie linebacker said chances are slim he will play for the first time since injuring …

Texans’ Watt to challenge Steelers’ offensive line

By Ralph N. Paulk
No one, it seems, has managed to handle Houston’s J.J. Watt. The All-Pro defensive end uses a blend of speed, agility and power to overwhelm …

Steelers notebook: Gay endorses domestic violence app

By Ralph N. Paulk
Steelers cornerback Williams Gay helped the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh launch its national RUSafe App, which is designed to connect potential victims of domestic violence to emergency helpline. Gay said he agreed to become a spokesman for …

Steelers’ Haley unfazed by criticism

By Alan Robinson
Charlie Batch was a backup quarterback when Todd Haley replaced Bruce Arians as Steelers offensive coordinator, and he knows what team president Art Rooney II …

Steelers rookie Tuitt prepares for big role

By Mark Kaboly
It wasn’t much more than a week into training camp, and rookie second-round pick Stephon Tuitt found himself running with the first-team defensive line. Being a first-teamer didn’t last long, but Tuitt knew what the Steelers were trying to do. …

Texans coach O’Brien still cherishes time at Penn State

By Chris Adamski
Bill O’Brien might not ever miss all the recruiting, backslapping, fundraising and other ancillary aspects of coaching at the college level. But less than 10 …

Steelers’ Bell waives pot hearing

By Margaret Harding
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell hopes to enter a program for first-time offenders to earn dismissal and expungement of the marijuana-related charges against him, his …

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NFL

NFL notebook: Harvin ‘happy’ to be with Jets

By Wire Reports 10:07 p.m.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Percy Harvin has been called lots of things during his NFL career. Talented but injury prone. Explosive on the field and combustible off. A playmaker but a troublemaker. The New York Jets’ newest wide receiver doesn’t …