Shanahan's briefcase stolen at Heinz Field? Not quite
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's recent visit to Heinz Field wasn't a complete loss.
After his team lost to the Steelers, 27-12, on Oct. 28, Shanahan complained to Steelers and stadium security officials that $3,700 and his passport were missing from a leather briefcase that was left unsecured in an open locker during the game. A security officer said Shanahan was visibly upset.
Despite being told that the locker room was secured throughout the game, Shanahan chose to file a report with Pittsburgh police. Officers subsequently met with Ed Burke, the Redskins' security director.
The report was withdrawn after Shanahan or someone associated with him called back — apparently the next day — and said the missing property had been stowed in another bag.
• Even if they don't win the AFC North, the Steelers (6-3) — winners of four in a row — are in strong position to make the AFC playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons under Mike Tomlin. They have a two-game lead for the sixth and final playoff spot, and they still have two games remaining against the Browns (2-7), whom they have beaten in 16 of their last 17 meetings. The Steelers' last five-game win streak was in 2009.
— Alan Robinson