PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers left no doubt last spring.
As quarterback Ben Roethlisberger healed from right elbow surgery, the organization he's helped lead for the better part...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed cornerback Joe Haden, tight end Eric Ebron and reserve linebacker Cassius Marsh on the reserve/COVID-19 list, putting the players' status for...
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed cornerback Joe Haden, tight end Eric Ebron and reserve...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Ebron is tired of the critics who keep trying to nitpick the NFL's last unbeaten team.
“A lot of people say, ‘You all beat the Ravens, you all really are legit,’” the...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Ebron never stops talking. Ever. In the huddle. In the locker room. On the field. On social media.
The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end's inner monologue is broadcast...
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-8)
New faces: TE Eric Ebron, OL Stefen Wisniewski, DT Chris Wormley, FB Derek Watt, WR Chase Claypool, LB Alex Highsmith, RB Anthony MacFarland Jr., OL Kevin Dotson, S...
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (7-9)
New faces: QB Philip Rivers, DT DeForest Buckner, CB Xavier Rhodes, CB T.J. Carrie, WR Michael Pittman Jr., RB Jonathan Taylor, TE Trey Burton, DT Sheldon Day, CB-KR...
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-8)
CAMP SITE: Pittsburgh
LAST YEAR: Steelers lost star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at halftime of Week 2 because of right elbow injury. Yet they somehow...
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (7-9)
CAMP SITE: Indianapolis
LAST YEAR: Andrew Luck's shocking August retirement announcement created huge void for Colts. Yes, QB Jacoby Brissett started well but...
34. INDIANAPOLIS (7-9)
LAST SEASON: After fast start following Andrew Luck's surprise August retirement, quarterback Jacoby Brissett injured left knee and Colts lost seven of last nine,...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Ebron isn't worried about Ben Roethlisberger's surgically repaired right elbow. The same goes for Ebron's balky ankle, which the newly signed Pittsburgh Steelers tight end...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger is getting a little help. The defensive line is getting a little depth.
The offensive line a little veteran experience, all in the name of helping the...
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: OL Josh Andrews S Briean Boddy-Calhoun, OL Le'Raven Clark, TE Eric Ebron, WR Devin Funchess, S Clayton Geathers, OL Joe Haeg, WR Dontrelle...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich first learned about Eric Ebron’s problematic ankle before last week’s game.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Colts keep changing quarterbacks, not that it matters when they play the Titans.
Jacoby Brissett became the latest Indianapolis quarterback to top Tennessee,...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have invested a lot in tight ends, desperately hoping to turn a weakness into a strength.
Detroit drafted Iowa star T.J. Hockenson early in the...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions ignored some forgettable draft history and took the plunge again to address perhaps their top need.
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Ziggy Ansah, DT Ricky Jean Francois, LB Eli Harold, RB Zach Zenner, TE Levine Toilolo, TE Luke Willson, WR TJ Jones, CB DeShawn Shead, RB...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Ebron has seen the forecast for Saturday's divisional playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, where even the most optimistic of meteorologists are pegging the chances of rain or snow at about 50 percent.
It doesn't bother him. The Colts tight end played in plenty of cold games in the NFC North.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard was disappointed when his name didn't appear on the AFC's Pro Bowl roster Tuesday night.
Now the league's leading tackler intends to make all future opponents pay for the perceived snub.
"He told me he'd have 40 tackles this week, and I told him that's humanly impossible," tight end Eric Ebron said Wednesday.
But if the Colts (8-6) have learned anything about their star rookie, it's not to discount anything he says.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Garrett and Frank Reich understand the high stakes of Sunday's game.
If Dallas wins, it clinches the NFC East. If Indianapolis wins, it stays in the hunt for the AFC's final playoff spot and possibly even a division crown.
The two coaches and their players will get one more precious late-season chance to see how they stack up against another postseason contender and what can be done to keep playing into January.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck might be playing the best football of his career.
He's still going to need help reaching the playoffs with mounting injuries threatening to derail the Indianapolis Colts' late postseason push.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Regardless of his rant on social media, Jalen Ramsey would love to spend his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And the chatty cornerback has a video game to prove it.
"I play Madden all the time. I play with the Jags," Ramsey said Thursday. "I don't trade myself. I don't make any trades on the team. I play with the Jags. I lose a couple times, but I bounce back. I always bounce back. But I play with the Jags."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich thought he could exploit the Indianapolis Colts' tight end advantage.
Defenses still haven't solved it.
Less than a year after helping the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Super Bowl, Reich brought the philosophy to his first head coaching job and is getting similar results.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts coach Frank Reich doesn't need to spend much time dissecting game tapes to figure out what's going wrong.
He sees it with his own eyes at full speed.
Dropped passes, turnovers and inexplicable penalties have fueled the Colts' four-game losing streak, leaving them in a big midseason hole.
"It's been an issue and it's past the point of 'OK, that was a fluke,'" Reich said Monday when pressed specifically on the issue of drops. "We just have to keep working, catching balls."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo hopes to make his season debut Sunday against the New York Jets.
Castonzo was a full participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday and all indications are he will start on a short-handed offensive line.
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
New faces: Coach Matt Patricia, RB LeGarrette Blount, RB Kerryon Johnson, TE Luke Willson, C Frank Ragnow, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Christian Jones, LB Devon Kennard.
Key losses: Coach Jim Caldwell, TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, LB Tahir Whitehead.
Strengths: Passing game. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 1,000-plus yards to WR Marvin Jones and WR Golden Tate last year and has pass-catching RB Theo Riddick. All-Pro CB Darius Slay among NFL's best in coverage.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-12)
New faces: G Matt Slauson, TE Eric Ebron, WR Ryan Grant, DT Denico Autry, LB Najee Goode, rookies G Quenton Nelson, OL Braden Smith, DE Kemoko Turay, LB Darius Leonard, RB Jordan Wilkins, RB Nyheim Hines, coach Frank Reich.
Key losses: RB Frank Gore, CB Rashaan Melvin, S Darius Butler, DT Johnathan Hankins, WR Donte Moncrief, coach Chuck Pagano.
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Suddenly, football is fun again for Eric Ebron.
He's smiling and shouting, celebrating scores and making big plays look routine at training camp. Inside the Colts' tight end meeting room, teammates hear him asking questions and offering suggestions, virtually certain Ebron will play a prominent role in Indianapolis' new offense.
It's everything Ebron wanted — a second chance to showcase his skills and finally live up to the hype surrounding him when he entered the NFL.
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: Early and late-season slides knocked team out of playoff contention and cost coach Jim Caldwell job. QB Matthew Stafford led pass-dependent offense with 1,000-yard WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. CB Darius Slay emerged as one of league's best in coverage.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed tight end Luke Willson, adding a potential starter in place of Eric Ebron, and bolstered their defensive line by adding Sylvester Williams.
Detroit addressed needs on both sides of the ball with the moves Wednesday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard promised to be smart in free agency.
He declined to be swayed by splashy moves and refused to overspend — on his players or anyone else's.
Now Ballard is diving head first into the second wave of free agency. After signing tight end Eric Ebron on Monday, he added receiver Ryan Grant and offensive lineman Matt Slauson on Tuesday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent receiver Ryan Grant.
Grant spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins. In 64 career games, he made 15 starts, caught 84 passes for 985 yards with six touchdowns.
Last year, the 6-foot, 204-pound Grant finished with 45 receptions, 573 yards and four TDs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts finally made a splashy signing Monday night.
It should make Andrew Luck happy, too.
After adding only one player in the first five days of free agency, the Colts agreed to a deal with former Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron. Contract terms were not immediately available.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions bolstered their linebacker group with Christian Jones and Devon Kennard, and their offensive line with Kenny Wiggins.
Detroit signed the trio of unrestricted free agents on Thursday.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions made a significant move on the first day of free agency.
It wasn't an addition.
On an otherwise quiet Wednesday, the Lions announced they were releasing tight end Eric Ebron. The 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft would have earned $8.25 million this season if he had remained on the roster past 4 p.m.
All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL's business year began.
Of course, teams needed to clear salary cap space or rejigger their ledgers to make it work, and they'll still be doing so for months.
While the likes of Drew Brees, Malcolm Butler and Andrew Norwell cashed in bigtime, having reached agreements in the past two days before everything became official, some value entered the marketplace.
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford struck a balance between making plays and avoiding mistakes to keep the Detroit Lions in the playoff picture.
Stafford threw two touchdown passes and didn't have a turnover, helping Detroit beat the Chicago Bears 20-10 on Saturday night.
"It's just trying to be as calculated as you can with those chances that you're going to take," he said. "And, understanding the game situation."
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and avoided mistakes, allowing the Detroit Lions to stay in the playoff picture with a 20-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday night.
Detroit (8-6) has won two straight and needs to close the regular season with two more wins to keep its postseason hopes alive.
The Bears (4-10) have lost six of seven, sealing a third season with double-digit losses in three years under embattled coach John Fox.