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NFL shifts times for doubleheaders

| Thursday, June 28, 2012, 1:42 p.m.
Pitt's Brandon Lindsey rushes past South Florida's Quinterrius Eatmon during the Big East conference opener at Heinz Field on Sept. 29, 2011. (Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review)

The NFL announced that kickoff times for Sunday afternoon doubleheader games on CBS and Fox will move from 4:15 to 4:25 p.m.

Five Steelers games will be affected, including Week 2 against the New York Jets at Heinz Field. The other games moved are Sept. 23 at Oakland, Nov. 4 at the New York Giants, Dec. 2 at Baltimore and Dec. 16 at Dallas. The 4:05 p.m. kickoff time for games not on the network with the doubleheader will not change.

The NFL said it analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory kickoff for the second game of the doubleheader. With a 4:25 p.m. kickoff, that would have been reduced to 15 games.

Pitt product Lindsey cut

The Steelers released one undrafted rookie linebacker and signed another. Brandon Lindsey, a former Pitt standout from Aliquippa, was cut to make room for LSU product Ryan Baker.

Baker, 6-foot and 236 pounds, was named second-team all-SEC as a senior. His 64 tackles were the third-most for the Tigers, but his numbers were better as a junior, when he had 87. After the draft, the Florida native was signed by Tampa Bay in April but released shortly after.

Lindsey, a 2007 Aliquippa graduate, was a second-team all-Big East selection in 2010 as a defensive lineman. In 2011, he had 54 tackles — 11 for loss — and 8.5 sacks.

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