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Steelers have plenty of new faces at wide receiver

By Ralph Paulk Jr. 8:05 p.m.
There’s little doubt the Steelers will lean heavily on the right arm of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the 2014 season, which kicks off with the opener Sept. 7 at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns. Even though second-year running back …

Steelers running back blunt about focusing on football

By Ralph N. Paulk 8:42 p.m.
A defiant LeGarrette Blount refused to answer questions concerning the marijuana possession charges leveled against him and second-year running back Le’Veon Bell last week. Instead, …

Steelers are on fast track in NFL

By Alan Robinson 7:52 p.m.
Ike Taylor missed the first week of offseason workouts only to learn upon reporting that the Steelers had become Usain Bolt-type fast. Rookie linebacker Ryan …

Why Steelers will — or won’t — snap out of their funk

By Alan Robinson 8:05 p.m.
The Steelers’ not-so-magic number is three. They’ve gone successive seasons without a winning record — 8-8 in 2012 and ’13 — or reaching the postseason. They haven’t experienced three in a row since 1969-71, Chuck Noll’s first three as coach. …

For Steelers outside linebacker Jones, size is not an obstacle

By Mark Kaboly
Jarvis Jones has a message to everybody out there who thinks he’s too small to be a successful outside linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 defense. …

Steelers cornerbacks Allen, Gay, Taylor have something to prove

By Alan Robinson
There’s a new safety playing behind them, a rookie linebacker and rookie defensive end playing in front of them. Opposing offenses are operating at a …

Steelers notebook: Team cuts 15 players, including LB So’oto, RB Hall

By Alan Robinson
The Steelers trimmed to 75 players for their final preseason games, with linebacker Vic So’oto among 15 released. He had four tackles, a sack and …

Tomlin: ‘Everything on table’ for Bell, Blount punishment

By Alan Robinson
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said “everything’s on the table” concerning possible disciplinary action for running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. Whether that means team-mandated …

Steelers QB dismisses preseason woes, looks to opener vs. Browns

By Alan Robinson
Ben Roethlisberger is moving on quickly from one of the Steelers’ worst both-sides-of-the-ball preseason performances of recent vintage. Moving on to the Cleveland Browns, in …

Steelers’ Mitchell enduring growing pains

By Ralph N. Paulk
The Steelers are paying safety Mike Mitchell $25 million over the next five seasons in hopes that he’ll help strengthen a subpar run defense. So far, the team’s coveted free-agent acquisition has offered a mix bag of good, bad and …

Steelers notebook: Polamalu’s sideline tirade still making impression on teammates

By Alan Robinson
e_SBlt Troy Polamalu’s sideline blowup in Philadelphia continues to resonate among his teammates. Safety Mike Mitchell had an animated discussion with rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier immediately before Polamalu began yelling during a sideline huddle Thursday. “It was something he (Polamalu) …

Steelers defense waving flag on penalty calls

By Alan Robinson
A few more games, a few more flags, and Troy Polamalu probably won’t be the only one who’s throwing a temper tantrum among the Steelers’ …

Steelers’ Polamalu downplays emotional outburst

By Alan Robinson
Troy Polamalu usually allows his performance to speak for him. This time was different. Angered at an across-the-board defensive performance he deemed unacceptable by Steelers …

Steelers notebook: WR Moore says teammates’ pot bust won’t change focus in locker room

By Mark Kaboly
The Steelers didn’t let the arrests of teammates Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount for marijuana  possession before the team flight for a preseason game impact how they played against the Eagles,  and they won’t let it affect them in the …

Lopsided loss to Eagles shows Steelers have issues aplenty

By Alan Robinson
They’re supposed to be faster, but they couldn’t begin to keep up with the Philadelphia Eagles’ super-fast tempo. They’re supposed to be deeper, but coach …

Records: Steelers RB Bell admitted smoking pot before traffic stop but denied being high

By Margaret Harding
A Steelers running back admitted to a Ross police officer during a traffic stop Wednesday that he smoked marijuana earlier in the day but denied being high, court records show. “I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. …

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NFL

Cardinals’ Fitzgerald feels best days aren’t behind him

By The Associated Press 9:09 p.m.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald turns 31 on Sunday. For a decade, he has defined everything that is good about the Arizona Cardinals, shattering franchise records with an often-breathtaking ability …