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PITTSBURGH (AP) - For years, Bud Dupree and Cam Heyward would talk about getting together to train during the offseason. The discussion was always vague. No specifics or firm commitments. Then the months would pass, January would become April would become June and the chance for the longtime…

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Hall of Famer who served as the group's Svengali is gone. The quarterback who long ago ditched his reputation for extending plays in favor of a more pragmatic and career-extending approach is out for the season.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - There's a brutal quality to the brand of football Rosie Nix plays. It comes with the territory when you're 5-foot-11, 248 pounds, and your job requires you to lower your head and intentionally run full speed into opposing defenders who are either bigger or faster or both.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - JuJu Smith-Schuster was covered. Blanketed actually. Mason Rudolph didn't care. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback flicked a pass down the left sideline and trusted Smith-Schuster to do the rest.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tyson Alualu was well aware of the nickname long before the veteran defensive tackle arrived in Pittsburgh in 2017.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to dig their way out of an early season hole without defensive end Stephon Tuitt.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined to discuss whom he gave the game ball to after watching his undermanned club potentially resurrect its season with a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Pittsburgh's Devlin Hodges walked into the stadium properly attired for his first NFL start. He was wearing a T-shirt with a duck on it that read "I'm The Boss," befitting his nickname and quiet confidence.

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - James Conner scored two touchdowns, Devin Bush recovered a pair of turnovers and Devlin Hodges won his first NFL start as the Pittsburgh Steelers held off the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 on Sunday night.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The bold-faced names on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense kept repeating the phrase "ball awareness" over and over during the offseason, as if they could somehow speak the goal of creating more turnovers into existence.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Out of work on the first Saturday in September after getting cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Devlin Hodges sat in his parent's house in Kimberly, Alabama, texted his high school coach Dusty Goode and asked Goode if he wanted to come over and watch some football.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph "appears to be doing fine" according to coach Mike Tomlin, but Rudolph remains in the concussion protocol following an illegal hit by Baltimore safety Earl Thomas.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mason Rudolph ambled through the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room on Monday, a welcome sight less than 24 hours removed from a harrowing collision with Baltimore safety Earl Thomas that left the second-year quarterback lying unconscious on the Heinz Field turf.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Earl Thomas saw Mason Rudolph step up in the pocket and took aim at what the Baltimore Ravens safety considered Pittsburgh quarterback's "strike zone." One ugly and illegal collision later, Rudolph lay motionless on the Heinz Field turf and one of the NFL's most bitter riva…

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger's right arm is in a cast while he recovers from right elbow surgery.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Two straight losses to open the year, a season-ending injury to the franchise quarterback, and a West Coast trip to face an undefeated team all add up to many people writing off the Pittsburgh Steelers before the end of September.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mason Rudolph could have gone the hat and clipboard route, the typical gear of choice for most NFL backup quarterbacks. The inner pragmatist in him would have none of it.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Minkah Fitzpatrick walked into the locker room fresh off the first practice of the rest of his football life, noticed the semi-circle of cameras and microphones running three deep around his locker and took a step back while his new teammates roared in laughter.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to bail on the season with Ben Roethlisberger out until 2020 with an elbow injury.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami Dolphins defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has been traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round draft pick in 2020.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger likes to point out that he's played through the end of every contract he's ever signed. It's tangible proof of the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's commitment both to the game itself and the franchise he's led to a pair of Super Bowl titles.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The faces around Russell Wilson have changed as the Seattle Seahawks rebuild themselves on the fly. One thing, however, has not. Seattle goes as its ever imaginative quarterback goes.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pete Carroll watched the tape. The Seattle Seahawks coach isn't buying what he saw from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a lopsided Week 1 loss to New England.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger delivered the message to Donte Moncrief almost immediately, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's way of letting Moncrief know his faith wasn't shaken in the wide receiver even after Moncrief's forgettable debut during a 33-3 loss to New England.

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - Cam Heyward was exaggerating when the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle referred to safety Terrell Edmunds as "no body fat Rell."

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger acknowledged on Friday that he had a unique on-field connection with wide receiver Antonio Brown.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Josh Dobbs did all the right things last summer, or at least enough of them for the Pittsburgh Steelers to cut veteran backup quarterback Landry Jones at the end of the preseason and promote Dobbs to the spot behind Ben Roethlisberger.

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL's 100th season will begin with its most classic rivalry and feature the Super Bowl champion Patriots hosting Pittsburgh in the first Sunday night game.

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.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The win they needed but at times didn't act like they particularly wanted finally secured, the Pittsburgh Steelers lingered on the Heinz Field turf after a sluggish 16-13 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday and turned their eyes to the massive videoboard in the south end zone.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - With stars such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster admitted he was a little surprised to be voted as the team's most valuable player.