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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2008, file photo, Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy watches from the sideline as his team plays the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Cleveland. Dungy is the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl and has been a strong advocate of more diversity in coaching hires. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

AP sources: Expanded Rooney Rule to require more interviews

May. 19, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

The NFL is amending the Rooney Rule to require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Reacting to a lack of diversity progress in hirings for those jobs, the league will require teams to interview at...

FILE - In this July 29, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, left, talks with head coach Mike Tomlin during a practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Latrobe, Pa. Former NFL linebacker James Harrison says Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not offer a bounty for an illegal hit on a member of the Cleveland Browns. Harrison told former teammate Willie Colon on a podcast that Tomlin handed him an envelope shortly after Harrison was fined in 2010 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massqoui. Harrison declined to specify what was in the envelope, but posted on Instagram that Tomlin never offered a bounty on opposing players. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Former LB Harrison: Tomlin didn't offer bounty for hit

May. 15, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is finding ways to make headlines in his retirement as easily he did during his productive but volatile career. Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler and the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, raised eyebrows Thursday when he strongly...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Maryland running back Anthony McFarland speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Steelers rookie running back Anthony McFarland is doing Zoom meetings with coaches then heading outside to see if he's lining up in the right spots. Yeah, it's weird, but he and his fellow rookies are making due. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Crash Course: Steelers rookies adapting to "virtual" path

May. 9, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — This isn't quite the way Anthony McFarland expected his NFL career to begin. Then again, the rookie running back knows he's not the only one whose first taste of the pros is coming via conference calls with members of the coaching staff followed by self-administered tests in a nearby park...

Maryland running back Anthony McFarland runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Old school: Steelers focus on seniors in draft

Apr. 25, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers love to pick younger players. A little more raw material. A little less tread on the tires. In this year's draft, not so much. While general manager Kevin Colbert stressed it was coincidental that the Steelers used five of their six picks on seniors, if there ever...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks during a post game news conference after an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. The NFL Draft is April 23-25, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Help for Ben? Steelers nab WR Chase Claypool in 2nd round

Apr. 25, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chase Claypool had no idea he was on the Pittsburgh Steelers' radar. Funny, the thing that struck offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner the most when he met the wide receiver at the NFL combine is how you couldn't miss him. “He has an air about him,” Fichtner said. Size and...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks during a post game news conference after an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. The NFL Draft is April 23-25, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Throwback Thursday: Steelers rare first-round spectators

Apr. 24, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn't need to let the post-NFL draft grades come in. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach is certain his team hit a home run in 2020 regardless of what happens over the next three day. It helps when your first-round pick already has All-Pro on his resume. While teams scrambled to...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, agent Leigh Steinberg poses for a picture at his office in Newport Beach, Calif. Steinberg and his agency represent 12 NFL draft-eligible players, including a pair of first-round prospects: Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Agents, players pleased NFL draft wasn't delayed

Apr. 22, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

The NFL draft won’t stop for anything. While some teams expressed concern about not being able to host players for in-person visits and having to conduct the three-day draft virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, agents and their clients are pleased it’s going on as scheduled. “From...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. The way Colbert figures it, the Steelers' first-round pick in the draft is already a home run. The longtime general manager offers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick's All-Pro season in 2019 as proof. The Steelers made an uncharacteristically aggressive move last September when they sent their top selection in the 2020 draft to Miami in exchange for Fitzpatrick, whose arrival turned Pittsburgh's defense into one of the NFL's best. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

QB of the future? RB of the present? Steelers weigh options

Apr. 16, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers' first-round draft pick is already a home run, according to Kevin Colbert. The longtime general manager offers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick's All-Pro season in 2019 as proof. The Steelers made an uncharacteristically aggressive move last September when they sent their...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo, Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron (85) carries his son as he leaves the field following an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Indianapolis. Ebron is embracing a fresh start in Pittsburgh after an ugly divorce with the Indianappolis Colts. The Steelers signed Ebron to a two-year contract last week. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

'Prime' time? TE Ebron eager to start over with Steelers

Apr. 2, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

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 said had “a whole lot of mess” in it before getting cleaned up in December. While Ebron...

Steelers not concerned about limited pre-draft preparation

Mar. 31, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert isn't concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic from altering his team's preparations for the 2020 draft. Colbert is well aware there are far larger issues facing the country than whether he and coach Mike Tomlin get to bound from pro day to...