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NFL opener still missing key players

The Sep. 10 game between the Steelers and Patriots still will be lacking some star power. Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will miss the game after substance-abuse suspensions dating back to an incident together in the 2014 preseason. Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended four games as well, but is currently appealing that decision.

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1hPat McManamon

Report: Steelers pass on Taylor due to knee

The Steelers need defensive linemen, but they passed on Phil Taylor because their physical showed he needs another surgery on his injured knee, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

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Yates on ramifications of Deflategate ruling

ESPN's Field Yates discusses his expectations for Tom Brady against the Steelers, the ramifications of the Deflategate ruling and how the Patriots will use the decision as motivation.

The power of Tom Brady?

According to ESPN's NFL Football Power Index, the Patriots have a better than 50 percent chance of winning against each of their first four opponents with Brady back under center.

Brady is free to take on familiar foes

With Tom Brady's suspension vacated, the quarterback will officially suit up for the first four weeks of the season. How has he fared against those first four opponents in his career?

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Good sign for the line?

Replacing Maurkice Pouncey is no easy task, but apparently the rest of the O-line has picked up the slack. According to DeAngelo Williams, the Steelers' line has been opening big holes in the run game. Thursday team previews

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Former Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor is visiting the Steelers, according to ESPN's Field Yates. With Taylor, it's all about his health. He's had a long road back from a severe knee injury. The former first rounder can still play - if healthy.

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23hJosh Weinfuss

Foote hangs up cleats, will remain Cards coach

Larry Foote has officially decided to trade in his cleats for a headset. He told ESPN he's decided to coach the Cardinals' inside linebackers this season instead of playing for a 14th season.

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Can Heyward-Bey step up in Pittsburgh?

With rookie Sammie Coates coming along slowly, it appears Darrius Heyward-Bey will be the Steelers' No. 3 receiver while Martavis Bryant is out. Can the former first-round bust make an impact? Wednesday NFL storylines

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers WR Antonio Brown on the franchise moving $2 million of 2016 money up a year: "They could have told me to stick to the original deal. They showed tremendous faith and gratitude."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant plans to meet with coach Mike Tomlin on Friday to discuss how he avoids future pitfalls. "I own up to my mistake," said Bryant about his suspension. "I want to move past it and get better."

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Steelers make Antonio Brown $2 million happier (0:50)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Big week for Steelers WR Sammie Coates, who looks to crack the lineup for next Thursday's game at New England.

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Steelers players' contracts restructured (0:44)
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Tomlin: Steelers to help Bryant

Coach Mike Tomlin said that Martavis Bryant, who faces a four-game suspension after multiple failed drug tests over marijuana use, is dealing with issues that are "bigger than football." 'We stand behind him'

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2dJeremy Fowler

Tomlin: Bryant has issues 'bigger than football'

Martavis Bryant, who faces a suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy after multiple failed drug tests for marijuana use, faces issues that go beyond football, Mike Tomlin said.

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2dAdam Schefter

Sources: Steelers restructure Brown, 2 others

The Steelers have created nearly $6 million of cap room for this season after restructuring the contracts of Antonio Brown, Heath Miller and Shaun Suisham, sources told Adam Schefter.

Steelers restructure 3 contracts

The Steelers have restructured the contracts of WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller and K Shaun Suisham, creating nearly $6 million of cap room for this year, league sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team plans to use the majority of the extra cap room to offset the large number of injured players that have been counting against the Steelers' salary cap.

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