Porter On Harrison’s Role


Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter said the team plans to use rookie T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree as primary pass-rushers with James Harrison serving in a relief role.  The 39-year-old Harrison said he’s content with any role in the defense.  Pittsburgh hosts Atlanta Sunday afternoon at 4.


NFL Preseason


NFL preseason this week, Cincinnati hosts Kansas City Saturday night.  Pittsburgh hosts Atlanta Sunday afternoon at 4 and Cleveland hosts the Giants Monday night.


Bryant Returns To Practice


Steelers’ wide receiver Martavis Bryant went through drills with his teammates yesterday, three days after the league cleared him to practice following a procedural issue that forced Bryant to spend the first two weeks of training camp working out on an adjacent field.


Rookie Dobbs To Start Tomorrow Night


Steelers rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs will start tomorrow at MetLife Stadium against the Giants.  Ben Roethlisberger will rest for the first preseason game, and primary backup Landry Jones is dealing with an abdominal injury.  Coach Mike Tomlin wants to see Dobbs’ game-day demeanor and communication with coaches and players.  Coach Tomlin also said he’s remained in contact with running back Le’Veon Bell as he trains in South Florida.  Bell has yet to report to camp and sign his $12.1 million franchise tender. 


NFL Clears Pitt WR Bryant


The NFL has cleared Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant to participate in preseason practices and games.  Bryant is still under conditional reinstatement and hasn’t been cleared for regular-season games, but Bryant has done what the league has asked of him since serving a yearlong suspension for multiple drug violations.  Bryant participated in offseason work but was benched for training camp practices until now.  Bryant has been working out on an auxiliary field during those sessions.  Byrant had 15 touchdowns in his first 21 NFL games,


Coleman Cleared


Browns’ receiver Corey Coleman has been cleared of wrongdoing in an assault case.  The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office said an investigation into a December assault on a 26-year-old man at Coleman’s apartment failed to produce sufficient evidence that Coleman was a participant.