PITTSBURGH (AP) — Since Jerome Bettis retired after the 2005 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have searched for a big, bruising running back in his…
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Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is introduced before a NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Baltimore, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Terrell Suggs may be one of the NFL’s best hype men. Still, even the ever-chatty Baltimore Ravens linebacker sounded like he was trying to convince himself that his team’s rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers remains as contentious as ever.
In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) leans for more yardage as he is hit by Washington Redskins linebacker Darryl Tapp (54) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Landover, Md. Bell’s bumpy start to his NFL career is starting to smooth itself out. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Le’Veon Bell believes he’s a quick healer. Of course, he’d like to stop having to prove it. The rookie running back will make his long awaited debut Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to London to face the Minnesota Vikings. Bell hasn’t played since spraining his right foot two carries into a preseason game against Washington last month. Originally told he would be out eight weeks, Bell plans to be ready in six. He practiced on Wednesday and barring a late setback will be available as the Steelers try to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1986. While Pittsburgh’s problems go far deeper than the running game – which happens to be 31st in the league – his teammates are anxious to get a look at the second-round pick on the field instead of on the sideline in street clothes.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) scores a touchdown on a 27-yard pass reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) by Joe KayAP Sports WriterCINCINNATI (AP) — Running back Giovani Bernard slipped through the line, caught Andy Dalton’s short pass, then turned and saw something shocking. One of the NFL’s top defenses had given him a big opening.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, talks with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the first day of teh teams NFL football minicamp Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Mike Pelaia It’s only June and already the supposed NFL pundits are writing off 2013 for the Steelers, saying their time has passed them by, they are no longer a Super Bowl contender and may not even be a playoff team. Knowing this team and how they operate, that assertion seems a bit presumptuous.
MIKE TOMLIN (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will Graves PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers understand it’s going to take more than nine college players to address the surging number of needs on a roster in the midst of an unusual amount of transition.