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September 8, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL isn't one quarter of one game old, and already there are notable injuries to two key players. Pittsburgh Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey was carted off the field against Tennessee, after a teammate accidentally dived into his knee. That could be a huge setback for the Steelers. The other injury, to the thumb of Detroit running back Reggie Bush, looked far less serious but painful nonetheless. Bush dropped a pass on third down, then motioned to his gloved left hand.
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December 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Pittsburgh Steelers fans have someone new to blame for their team's absence from the postseason. The officials from the Kansas City Chiefs-San Diego Chargers game on Sunday afternoon. The NFL said in a statement Monday that the Chargers should have been penalized for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop with four seconds left in regulation. Had Succop made the kick, the Chiefs almost certainly would have won, the Chargers would have dropped to 8-8 and the Steelers would have claimed the final wild-card playoff spot in the AFC. Instead, the Chargers won in overtime, clinched the postseason berth and ended the Steelers' season at 8-8. If the officials had thrown a flag like the league said they should have, Succop would have gotten a chance to try the kick from five yards closer.
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December 22, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
NFL tonight CAROLINA (2-12) AT PITTSBURGH (10-4) TV: NFL Network. Line: Steelers by 14. Over/under: 37. Story line: Even though the Steelers already have secured a playoff berth, they need to stay ahead of Baltimore in the race for the AFC North crown and have their eye on the second seeding in the conference. Sam Farmer's pick: Steelers 24, Panthers 9.
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December 17, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber suffered a broken jaw and a cracked vertebra in his neck on a blindside block during a 68-yard touchdown return by the Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown in the first quarter Sunday night, according to a report by ESPN. Huber was hit by the Steelers' Terence Garvin . Huber, also the team's holder for place kicks, will be placed on injured reserve, the report said. ESPN said the block by Garvin is under review by the league. Referee Ed Hochuli's crew did not penalize Garvin for the hit that left Huber bleeding on the ground for three minutes before he was helped from the field.
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October 12, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a number of injuries during Thursday's 26-23 loss to the Tennessee Titans, but none perhaps worse than the Achilles' injury suffered by running back Rashard Mendenhall. But before we get to Mendenhall, a look at the rest of the injuries for the Steelers, who were already without perhaps their most important player, safety Troy Polamalu, who sat out the game because of an injured right calf. Center Maurkice Pouncey hurt his right leg on the first play of the game and missed the rest of the game.
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December 7, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
CLEVELAND (4-8) AT PITTSBURGH (9-3) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PST Line: Steelers by 14. Over/Under: 38. Lowdown: Pittsburgh hasn't lost to the Browns at Heinz Field since 2003. The Steelers are peaking at the right time, coming off a stomping of Cincinnati. Sam Farmer's pick: Steelers 23, Browns 10
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October 20, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Pittsburgh (2-3) at Cincinnati (3-3) Time: 5:15 p.m. TV: Channel 4 Story line: History supports Pittsburgh in this AFC North contest (Steelers have won four straight and nine of 11 in the rivalry.). Things are different this season, however. The Steelers are reeling with injuries to safety Troy Polamalu, running back Rashard Mendenhall and linebacker James Harrison, plus they re coming off a loss at weak Tennessee. The Bengals have lost two straight and don't possess much of a run game.
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September 27, 1996 | Times Wire Services
The agent for Bam Morris said the former Pittsburgh Steeler running back is taking a deserved second chance, but the Steelers think Morris is profiting unfairly from a drug-related suspension. Agent Steve Zucker argues it was the Steelers' choice to abandon Morris on July 10 after he was put on probation in Texas for possessing nearly six pounds of marijuana. Morris would have made $185,600 with the Steelers this season.
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October 12, 2009
Key: Ben Roethlisberger passed for three touchdowns and James Harrison had three sacks and forced a fumble. The Lions drove to the Steelers' 21 before three sacks and an incompletion ended the threat as black-and-gold-clad road fans cheered wildly. Steelers said: "That worked in our favor. Those offensive linemen couldn't hear the snap count, so they had to watch the ball just like we do." -- LaMarr Woodley Lions said: "I still think we have a good ballclub here, but a good ballclub will look at a situation like this and use it to find a way to start winning these games."
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October 5, 2009 | Associated Press
Ben Roethlisberger's throwing got fast-starting Pittsburgh going on its first two drives, Rashard Mendenhall surpassed his previous career total with 165 yards rushing and two scores and the Steelers opened a 28-point lead, then held on to beat the San Diego Chargers, 38-28, on Sunday night. The Chargers (2-2), outgained nearly four to one until late in the third quarter, made an apparent blowout close as Philip Rivers threw touchdown passes of 30 yards to Antonio Gates and 13 yards to Chris Chambers and Jacob Hester scored on a 41-yard fumble return, all in the fourth quarter.
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December 4, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Mike Tomlin called it a “blunder” and said he would “never do such a thing” intentionally. Nonetheless the NFL fined the Pittsburgh Steelers coach $100,000 on Wednesday for stepping onto the field during a Thanksgiving game and disrupting the kickoff return of Baltimore's Jacoby Jones, a stern rebuke of a coach who, the NFL's head of officiating concedes, should have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play. That did not happen. The Ravens wound up winning the game, 22-20.
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November 30, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Mike Tomlin had one foot on the field, but did the Pittsburgh coach cross the line? The Jacoby Jones kickoff return was the most talked-about play after the Thanksgiving game between the Steelers and Baltimore, the moment Mr. Tomlin became Mr. Magoo. As the blistering-fast Jones was flying up the visitors' sideline, probably on his way to a touchdown, Tomlin was staring up at the video board and, with his back to the play, wandered to the edge of the field. Jones came perilously close to running him over, and would have had Tomlin not hopped out of the way at the last instant.
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November 29, 2013 | By Austin Knoblauch
The season has been a bust for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but you'd like to hope Coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't consider purposely interfering with a play in order to help his struggling squad. During the Steelers' 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night, Baltimore's Jacoby Jones appeared to be on his way to a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown before a close encounter with Tomlin on the sideline led to him immediately being tackled at the Pittsburgh 27-yard line.
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November 18, 2013 | Sam Farmer
They are the darlings of the NFL - Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Francisco - but it isn't always the November darlings that wind up lifting the Lombardi Trophy in February. Last season, for instance, the eventual-champion Baltimore Ravens lost four of five games in December before igniting in the playoffs and going on their run. There are similar stories for other recent Super Bowl winners. So, while it's easy to be distracted by the so-called elite teams in the NFL, there's also a second tier of teams who have risen from the ashes of shaky starts and, though they don't lead their respective divisions, have played their way to relevance.
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October 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin declared last week that the Steelers would no longer be able to play ping-pong, pool or shuffleboard in the locker room. Makes sense. Teams that are winless five games into the season probably should be all business when at work. During his Tuesday morning press conference, Tomlin announced that he has eliminated another activity his players seem to enjoy -- performing a flying somersault into the end zone. Up next, Pittsburgh players will be strip searched for yo-yos, Pop Rocks and Big League Chew.
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September 30, 2013 | SAM FARMER
Seattle, Denver, Kansas City and New England remained unblemished. The rest of the NFL remained unbelievable. Cleveland beat Cincinnati? The Browns were supposed to be cooked a couple weeks ago when they traded running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis and promoted third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer to starter. Now, they've won consecutive games and just knocked off the best team in the AFC North. Pittsburgh is winless? Yes, the Steelers lost in London to Minnesota, 34-27.
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September 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Ben Roethlisberger could have been speaking out of frustration. The Pittsburgh Steelers' rally from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings had fallen just short, leaving the quarterback's team at 0-4 for the first time since 1968. After the game and before leaving Wembley Stadium in London, Roethlisberger told reporters: "Right now, you could say we're the worst team in the league. " Less than three years since their last Super Bowl appearance, the Steelers have been gutted by salary cap decisions, free agency and injuries.
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September 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in foreign territory, and not just because they're playing in London on Sunday. The Steelers are among the NFL's six winless teams, 0-3 for the first time since 2000, and desperately seeking answers. Never in the modern era of the league has Pittsburgh lost its first four games. "It's a situation we're not familiar with," defensive end Brett Keisel said after Sunday night's 40-23 loss to Chicago. "If we have the type of character we think we do, we can overcome this and find a way to fight back.
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