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.
Browns coach Hue Jackson said Brock Osweiler will start the second preseason game Monday night against the Giants, with rookie DeShone Kizer moving up to second team. Osweiler completed 6-of-14 passes for 42 yards with no TDs or interceptions in the first exhibition game.
NFL preseason this week, Cincinnati hosts Kansas City Saturday night. Pittsburgh hosts Atlanta Sunday afternoon at 4 and Cleveland hosts the Giants Monday night.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was absent from yesterday’s practice due to a “minor health issue.” Lewis is dealing with a leg issue that caused him to ride a cart during Monday’s practice.
The Chargers acquired QB Cardale Jones from the Bills in exchange for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. The 6’5 Jones led Ohio State to a national title during the 2014 season.
Steelers’ wide receiver Sammie Coates will miss the start of training camp after undergoing a knee scope last week. Last season Coates posted 421 receiving yards in the first five games, but injuries to his fingers and groin affected his production.