PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin increasingly talks about "position-less" football and the ever growing need to find players who can't just do one thing, but...
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Half of Clemson's talented defensive front four participated in the Tigers pro day Thursday before evaluators from all 32 NFL teams.
Ready, Aim, Tweet; Brown fires at Roethlisberger, Tomlin
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown's laundry list of issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers appears to include a problem with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's leadership style and how head coach Mike Tomlin treated the Pro Bowl wide receiver during the regular-season finale against Cincinnati.
Steelers still waiting to hear from Antonio Brown
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't ruling out the possible return of wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Steelers promote Shaun Sarrett to offensive line coach
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shaun Sarrett is the new offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Steelers fire running backs coach James Saxon
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with running backs coach James Saxon.
Coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that the team opted not to renew Saxon's contract for the 2019 season. Saxon spent five years with the Steelers after coming over from the Minnesota Vikings.
Steelers part ways with linebackers coach Joey Porter
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with outside linebackers coach Joey Porter.
The team announced Friday that Porter's contract would not be renewed. The move is the first of what could be several coaching adjustments by the Steelers after Pittsburgh failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Brown out? Tomlin frustrated with star receiver’s antics
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn't want to say Antonio Brown bailed on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The longtime head coach is not ruling it out either.
The star wide receiver went radio silent in the days before the team's regular-season finale against Cincinnati last Sunday, in essence abandoning the club in what Tomlin described as its "darkest hour."
Steelers’ Antonio Brown questionable vs. Cincinnati
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is uncertain to play in the team's biggest game of the season.
Brown was listed as questionable to play in the Steelers' must-win, regular-season finale at home against Cincinnati on Sunday. He missed all three practices this week with a knee injury, and coach Mike Tomlin said the team sent Brown for further evaluation on Friday.
Tomlin trying to keep reeling Steelers focused despite odds
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn't going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17.
Steelers frustrated by latest costly, close loss
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Desperately needing a win, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin went for the jugular with a fake punt call late in the fourth quarter against the Saints.
Upback Roosevelt Nix came up just short, and so did the Steelers in an excruciating, infuriating 31-28 loss Sunday that may strangle their playoff hopes.
Steelers, Patriots smarting heading into showdown
PITTSBURGH (AP) — No pregame talk of a potential playoff rematch by Mike Tomlin.
No real implications for home-field advantage in the AFC.
Not much hype either, at least not the kind that typically accompanies a meeting between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Not with both teams coming off the kind of numbing road losses that can linger for weeks if not handled properly.
FANTASY PLAYS: Pats-Steelers a strong potential daily stack
The last few weeks of the NFL season can be a wild ride, particularly as playoff races heat up and bad weather becomes a potential factor in the Northeast and Midwest.
The main slate contests on FanDuel and DraftKings feature just one game with a total above 50 points as the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots both try to secure their playoff positioning. For daily fantasy contests this will be a popular game to target and there are a few different ways to approach it.
Roethlisberger OK, Boswell not as Steelers weigh changes
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's ribs are bruised but not broken.
The Pittsburgh Steelers believe the same could be said about their wildly uneven season.
Steelers’ playoff hopes iffy after pratfall in Oakland
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged his team's spotty track record in Oakland before the AFC North leaders headed west last week but added "it's not a major component of logistical preparation."
Steelers turn to Samuels, Ridley with Conner injured
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jaylen Samuels doesn't get caught up in roles.
Maybe because the one the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie is asked to fill seems to change by the week.
During his college career at North Carolina State he was a hybrid. Sometimes he'd serve as an H-back. Other times he'd line up at tight end. Occasionally he finds himself in the slot. Only rarely did he break the huddle as the featured running back.
FANTASY PLAYS: Injuries mean good pricing for backup RBs
With so many season-long leagues shifting to their playoffs, lots of fantasy players are turning toward daily game — especially if they're no longer contending for the title.
And key injuries like those to running backs James Conner, Matt Breida and Melvin Gordon have created opportunities in daily fantasy without the downside seen in seasonal leagues.
Here are a few situations that will be pivotal in Week 14:
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Steelers RB James Conner out with sprained left ankle
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Oakland without running back James Conner.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Conner is dealing with a sprained left ankle and will not play when the AFC North leaders take on the last-place Raiders.
Steelers blame themselves, not officials, for losing skid
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The excuses aren't hard to find if the Pittsburgh Steelers were in the mood to look for them.
The false start that wasn't called on a play that ended with a Los Angeles Chargers touchdown . The apparent block in the back that helped spring Chargers punt returner Desmond King for the game-tying score.
Steelers tight ends McDonald, Grimble dealing with injuries
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will have their depth at tight end tested with Vance McDonald and Xavier Grimble both dealing with injuries.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that McDonald has a hip issue while Grimble is in the concussion protocol. McDonald could be limited early in the week as the Steelers (7-3-1) prepare for a visit from the Los Angeles Chargers (8-3).
Broncos’ Lindsay uses combine, draft snubs as fuel for fire
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Omitted from the combine invitation list and ignored in the NFL draft, Denver Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has gone from head-scratcher to head-turner.
"I remember the first couple of times I watched him five, six weeks ago on video, I had to get a flip card to figure out who he was," Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
Roethlisberger leads Steelers to comeback win over Jags
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning.
So when Big Ben muscled his way over the goal line with 5 seconds left for a 20-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, he wasn't sure where to rank this comeback.
"Horrible games that you find a way to win? Pretty special," he said.
Panthers defense aims to put ‘humbling’ loss behind them
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Thomas Davis said Carolina's most recent loss could turn out to be a positive for the Panthers moving forward.
That's why Davis thanked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin at midfield for "humbling" the Panthers after his team put up 52 points on Carolina's once-vaunted defense last Thursday night.
Roethlisberger throws for 5 TDs, Steelers rip Panthers 52-21
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's first pass went for a touchdown. His last did the same. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot team put together systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday night that left little doubt about their depth and their talent regardless of whether Le'Veon Bell ever shows up for work or not.
Panthers and Steelers test their mettle in prime time
Two teams headed for January football, the Panthers and Steelers, get to test their mettle on Thursday night. It should be a good one in prime time.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, who's 1-1 in Super Bowls, isn't admitting any postseason thoughts are in the minds of his players or himself. But he has to like how the Steelers have performed in four straight victories.
"I'm not trying to look for specific areas, I just try to challenge these guys to get better every day," Tomlin says.
Steelers QB Roethlisberger dealing with broken index finger
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a broken index finger on his left hand.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger sustained the injury on his non-throwing hand at some point in Pittsburgh's 33-18 victory over Cleveland on Sunday. Tomlin does not expect the finger to be an issue for Roethlisberger when the AFC North-leading Steelers (4-2-1) travel to Baltimore (4-4) on Sunday.
Strong as steel: Amid heartbreak, Steelers rout Browns
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin's heart was heavy when he went to work on Sunday morning. The Steelers coach wasn't alone.
All of Pittsburgh felt broken after 11 innocent people were killed in a shooting at a synagogue that Tomlin estimated is "800 yards" from his home. But true to its steely reputation, the city — and the Steelers — stayed strong.
Steelers focusing on slow starts, not Bell’s possible return
PITTSBURGH (AP) — If Le'Veon Bell is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers later this month, he hasn't let his teammates and coaches know.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he hasn't heard from the All-Pro running back, who told ESPN on Monday that he will end his standoff with the team around Pittsburgh's bye week, which begins after the Steelers face the Bengals on Oct. 14.
Popcorn problems? Steelers’ issues are piling up
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of Mike Tomlin's favorite metaphors when things aren't going well for the Pittsburgh Steelers is likening his team's issues to popcorn. Translation: The problems are scattered and unpredictable.
Bucs ready to showcase potent offense against Steelers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for struggling without Jameis Winston.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not only thriving in the suspended quarterback's absence, they're evolving into an offensive juggernaut that's set to perform on a national stage when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Monday night.
Steelers plan to talk to Brown about social media usage
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn't like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football.
Antonio Brown, however, isn't giving his boss much choice.
Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro wide receiver "directly" after Brown caused a bit of a commotion — again — by taking to Twitter to vent after a former team employee suggested Brown's stardom is a result of playing with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Steelers LBs Watt, Dupree make a splash after flipping spots
PITTSBURGH (AP) — On the surface, the Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason decision to flip outside linebackers Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt looked a little bit of a reach.
While Watt was steady and occasionally spectacular as a rookie in 2017 for a team that led the NFL in sacks, Dupree has spent much of his first three years in the NFL searching for consistency to justify the first-round pick the Steelers used on him in 2015.
Steelers QB Roethlisberger, CB Haden dealing with injuries
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be a little short-handed as they prepare for their home opener against Kanas City.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, cornerback Joe Haden and guard David DeCastro could all miss practice time after getting dinged up in a season-opening tie in Cleveland.
Roethlisberger is dealing with a right (throwing) elbow issue, Haden has a hamstring problem and DeCastro fractured one of his hands during the four-hour marathon in a monsoon.
Steelers ready for Conner to carry load if Bell no-shows
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn't know when Le'Veon Bell is going to show up for work.
Maybe it'll be in time for the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back to be ready for Sunday's season opener at Cleveland.
Or maybe Bell will skip a week to send one last message about his frustration over not being able to sign a long-term deal during the offseason.
NFL 2018: Steelers poised to retain reign in AFC North
BALTIMORE (AP) — As long as Mike Tomlin is standing on the Pittsburgh sideline, watching Ben Roethlisberger pass to Antonio Brown or give the ball to Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers will be favored to win the AFC North.
It makes no difference that Randy Fichtner is the new offensive coordinator, or that Roethlisberger turned 36 in March.
The Steelers are going to score points, and they're going to play their best against division rivals in big games.
Steelers to get closer look at young quarterbacks
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to get a closer look at their two most recent draft picks at quarterback.
Rookie third-round pick Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs, Pittsburgh's fourth-round selection in 2017, will see all of the playing time when the Steelers visit the Green Bay Packers for their second preseason game on Thursday.
"They're going to play exclusively," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "(We) haven't detailed the division of labor, but those two guys will be featured."
Young receivers impress in first game with Steelers
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Damoun Patterson knows a strong performance in his first preseason game won't be enough to guarantee his future with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The rookie wide receiver feels he must continually prove himself to the coaching staff and his teammates — and he's not the only young receiver who faces that challenge during training camp.
"I came in as a tryout guy, so I never knew what to expect," Patterson said. "I think it's all about attacking the game and staying hungry."
Steelers backup QBs all impress in preseason opener
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph can do the math.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have four quarterbacks in training camp. They'll carry three at most into the regular season.
Translation: one of them will be out of a job when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Sept 1. The goal over the next three weeks for all three of Ben Roethlisberger's backups is to make coach Mike Tomlin's decision on which one to let go as tough as possible.
Steelers rookie QB Rudolph ready for preseason debut
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph exudes confidence heading into his first NFL preseason game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rudolph admitted that jitters may be there as the Steelers prepare to face the defending Super Bowl champions in Philadelphia. But the Steelers' third-round pick has settled into a comfort zone two weeks into training camp.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Tyler Matakevich wants to prove he can handle the job. Jon Bostic just wants to be on the field.
Matakevich and Bostic are competing for Pittsburgh's opening at inside linebacker after the Steelers did not use a draft pick on the position. The winner gets to start alongside veteran Vince Williams and an opportunity to help fill the massive void left by Ryan Shazier, who is out for the season while recovering from spinal stabilization surgery.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers starting left guard Ramon Foster's right knee injury isn't as bad as initially feared.
Foster was injured Saturday and left the team's first padded practice of training camp on a golf cart. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday that Foster had his knee evaluated and the injury won't require surgery.
Steelers excited to see new-look secondary in action
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is excited to see his new-look secondary.
The Steelers overhauled the position following a bumpy season which included a disappointing upset playoff loss against Jacksonville in the divisional round. The team followed by parting ways with several long-time veterans, and their position coach, while adding experience, depth and a pair of hard-hitting draft picks.
Steelers LB Matakevich ready for starting shot
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tyler Matakevich's signature red beard is a jagged mess.
All knots and snarls, a series of small mushroom clouds exploding from his jowls.
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker knows it's time for a trim but he's a little particular about the way he wants it cut, so Matakevich decided to hold off until he could get back home to Connecticut, where a good friend has doubled as his barber for years.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JuJu Smith-Schuster is an open book. Unless you ask the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver about the left knee issue that's forced him to spend most of the offseason watching workouts instead of participating in them.
"You can talk to Mike Tomlin about that," Smith-Schuster said Wednesday.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't take an inside linebacker in the NFL draft.
That doesn't mean they didn't want one.
It simply means when it came time to pick, they looked at their internal draft board, they looked at the players available in a position where there — at least on the surface — appears to be a serious depth issue and decided they didn't want to take any unnecessary risks.
"We're not going to reach," general manager Kevin Colbert said.
Few life events beat the thrill of getting chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft.
But you would think the Steelers' Terrell Edmunds would have remembered to buckle his pants.
The call of a lifetime arrived from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on Friday night just as Edmunds, a safety from Virginia Tech, was drying his hands in a restroom at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Steelers draft Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds
PITTSBURGH (AP) — If Terrell Edmunds is being honest, he didn't expect to hear his name called during the first round of the NFL draft.
And then the versatile safety from Virginia Tech's phone rang on Thursday night. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was on the other end.
In rare tweet, Mike Tomlin wishes Penguins well as Stanley Cup run begins
Mike Tomlin picks his spots.
This morning, it was in the interest of firing up Western Pennsylvania.
The Steelers coach tweeted his best wishes to the Penguins as they enter another Stanley Cup run, saying "Man you can feel the energy in Pittsburgh today."
A Twitter user of nearly five years, Tomlin is choosy.
He joined the social media platform in June 2013. This morning's tweet was his 104th. He has more than 334,000 followers.
It's not often the NFL gets buried around these parts. But given the Penguins' playoff push, the start of Pirates season at PNC Park and the fallout from the Jeff Capel hire at Pitt, that was the case this week.
Some curious quotes, signings, trades, visits and decisions were made in the league over the past few days.
So let's close out the work week with some "Friday Football Footnotes" and approach them with one question in mind: