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Steelers notebook: Defense tasked with stopping Graham

By Mark Kaboly 10:29 p.m.
Most, if not all, NFL teams worry about how to cover Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. For Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, his concerns go beyond what Graham can do. They also are focused on what his defense can’t do — cover ...

Steelers realize that Brees-led Saints are always dangerous

By Ralph N. Paulk
Steelers safety Mike Mitchell saw enough of New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees last season to understand what it takes to minimize his effectiveness. Still, he ...

Steelers notebook: Linebackers on the spot against Saints offense

By Ralph N. Paulk
Saints quarterback Drew Brees will look for mismatches in the passing game with tight end Jimmy Graham and running backs Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas, ...

NFL parity makes playoff chase a multi-team muddle

By Ralph N. Paulk
The NFL playoff push began in earnest Sunday, with contenders slowly separating from the pretenders. However, in an era of NFL parity, there are no ...

Polamalu, Taylor among Steelers starters returning for Sunday’s game vs. Saints

By Mark Kaboly
The Steelers defense might have its flaws, but timing isn’t one of them. You might say they have impeccable timing — at least when it ...

For Steelers, a fight to finish for playoff berth

By Mark Kaboly
The Steelers weren’t good enough. They weren’t good enough — their words — two years in a row. Art Rooney II, Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin and seemingly ...

Starkey: No explaining Steelers, AFC North

By Joe Starkey
Has there ever been a Steelers team as unreadable as this? A team that shuttles from dominance to disarray and back so frequently and randomly? ...

Play of nose tackles could have impact on Steelers’ stretch run

By Ralph N. Paulk
Daniel McCullers admittedly felt the weight of being the first Steelers rookie to start at nose tackle since 2002 when he stepped onto LP Field ...

Steelers’ Wheaton embraces expanding role

By Ralph N. Paulk
If Markus Wheaton were the envious type, it would have bothered him that rookie Martavis Bryant parlayed his first NFL catch into a sparkling, toe-tapping ...

Steelers notebook: Heinz Field not in play for Bills-Jets

By Mark Kaboly
Five games will be played at Heinz Field this weekend, so what’s one more? Apparently, one too many. The NFL reportedly considered moving the Buffalo Bills’ game against the N.Y. Jets to Heinz Field because of the more than 4 feet of ...

Cut by Steelers, LeGarrette Blount joins Patriots

By The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two-year contract with the Steelers. Pittsburgh cut …

Steelers Film Session: Sticking with what works

By Mark Kaboly
If you like something and if something is working, stick to it. That was Todd Haley’s play-calling philosophy against the Titans on Monday night when ...

Lack of experienced backup means more work for Steelers RB Bell

By Mark Kaboly
An undersized rookie with five career carries. A fullback who was converted to a tight end. A rookie who was just added from the practice squad. A guy ...

Steelers notebook: Gay, secondary brace for Saints QB Brees

By Ralph N. Paulk
William Gay said his two interception returns for touchdowns this season have been the result of a disciplined defense playing within itself. So his getting ...

Workhorse role suits Steelers running back Bell

By Ralph N. Paulk
Le’Veon Bell said the time would come when the Steelers would have to ride him like a thoroughbred. As the Steelers (7-4) turn toward the home ...

Rossi: As Blount walked, Porter called

By Rob Rossi
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Veteran Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel knows something about contributing to a successful football program. There was a time when he didn’t, ...

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NFL

NFL notebook: Bills will play at home Sunday

By Wire Reports 10:29 p.m.
Barring another act of God, the Bills’ home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday against the Browns will go on as scheduled — at home. After the Bills were …