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Steelers rookie says Sam, his former roommate, has changed

By Mark Kaboly 11:38 p.m.
Eric Waters watched ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” interview with Michael Sam just like everybody else. The Steelers undrafted free agent tight end closely followed Sam’s progression from the interview announcing that he was gay to the overwhelming swell of publicity …

Steelers aim to create more turnovers this year with speedier defense

By Alan Robinson 11:16 p.m.
The Steelers defense once was the NFL’s gold standard — the team that was the most innovative, most physical, most intimidating and most game-changing. That …

Steelers notebook: Shoulder pads get technological boost for Ravens game

By Alan Robinson and Mark Kaboly 11:27 p.m.
• The Steelers will have a chip on their shoulder this season e_SEmD two computer chips, in fact. Embedded in the players’ shoulder pads, they will help create new statistical and player-tracking data. Each of the 15 stadiums that host …

Joe Greene only 2nd player in Steelers history to get number retired

By Alan Robinson
Joe Greene was more than a number to the Steelers. He arguably was the biggest name in franchise history. To honor that name — and …

After years of lobbying, Big Ben has Steelers running the no-huddle

By Alan Robinson
To Ben Roethlisberger, the no-huddle is a no-brainer. The Steelers’ second-half resurgence in 2013 coincided with them regularly implementing the no-huddle offense, which allows Roethlisberger …

Steelers hold high hopes for pass defense

By Ralph N. Paulk
Troy Polamalu said the Steelers’ pass defense will figure prominently in helping the team snap its two-year playoff drought. The Steelers had the top-ranked pass defense in 2011 and ’12. But they slipped to ninth last season, in part, because …

Steelers notebook: Brown calls Sanders’ comments about Roethlisberger ‘terrible’

By Alan Robinson
Antonio Brown was unhappy with former teammate Emmanuel Sanders’ comment that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a better leader than Ben Roethlisberger. “That was terrible. You don’t throw the quarterback under the bus, the guy who makes you what you …

2 sentenced for avoiding arrest after Steelers player was stabbed

By Adam Brandolph
An Allegheny County judge on Wednesday sentenced two Hazelwood men convicted of trying to avoid arrest in the days after police charged them with stabbing …

Steelers offensive linemen looking to build on strong 2013 finish

By Ralph N. Paulk
Despite being dressed in street clothes Monday on the first day of contact drills at Steelers training camp, Le’Veon Bell was fully engaged during the …

GM Colbert expects Roethlisberger to end career with Steelers

By Alan Robinson
Kevin Colbert says Ben Roethlisberger isn’t going anywhere. The Steelers are delaying contracts talks with their franchise quarterback until next year, but the team’s general …

Steelers hoping that youth movement breathes life into team

By Alan Robinson
Just like that — boom! — they were gone. All those players who’d become so familiar over all those years, almost like extended members of …

Steelers linebacker Spence confident he can avoid injury setbacks

By Andrew Erickson
Sean Spence is entering his third year with the Steelers, but he has yet to step on the field for a regular-season game. Instead, the …

Steelers notebook: Team hasn’t called on Keisel, Harrison yet

By Alan Robinson
• The Steelers haven’t made any move to bring back longtime defensive starters Brett Keisel and James Harrison, who are unsigned. But general manager Kevin Colbert said, “We haven’t eliminated any players from consideration. You never know what might happen …

Inside the ropes: Shazier shows off speed

By Tribune-Review
• Linebacker Jason Worilds appeared beaten on a deep ball to versatile rookie Dri Archer, but he had just enough of an angle to recover. Worilds flashed in front of Archer for a leaping interception, causing Tomlin to leap for …

Steelers WR Wheaton wants to produce after injury-plagued rookie year

By Mark Kaboly
They could have brought in a more high-profile free agent. They could have drafted a wide receiver higher than at No. 118. If the Steelers …

Steelers hope group of low-budget cornerbacks can deliver

By Alan Robinson
The Denver Broncos signed Aqib Talib to a $57 million contract. The Patriots locked up Darrelle Revis with a deal worth $12 million for this …

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NFL notebook: Ravens RB Rice calls actions ‘totally inexcusable’

By Wire Reports 11:04 p.m.
Ray Rice stepped to the microphone, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called “the biggest mistake of his life.” His arrest for domestic violence against his then-fiancee last February is something Rice figures will …