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Steelers WR Markus Wheaton accepts permanent move to slot
by Marty Gitlin |

Third-year receiver Markus Wheaton had his eyes set on playing opposite Steelers stud Antonio Brown this season. But the emergence of Martavis Bryant has Wheaton relegated to the slot position.

He's not complaining about that - he ran 119 routes from the slot a year ago, per Pro Football Focus. That has allowed Wheaton to brace for a permanent move.

"The plays I had last year were customized for me," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "...I'm going to see a lot more. ... I wouldn't say that it is out of my comfort zone, but there are things I need to learn that are different from the outside. Being on the field last year, I learned a lot in terms of reading the defenses and seeing things. Moving me inside, I am still seeing a lot of the same things."

Wheaton enjoyed a semi-breakout season in 2014 with 53 catches for 644 yards and two touchdowns.

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Steelers sign OL Collin Rahrig; waive OT Micah Hatchie
by Sean d'Oliveira |

The Steelers announced the signing of offensive lineman Collin Rahrig on Wednesday. Rahrig can play center and guard. The team also placed offensive tackle Micah Hatchie on the team's waived/injured list.

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Steelers LB James Harrison ready to produce in limited role
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

Steelers linebacker James Harrison came out of retirement last year and played surprisingly well, and this year, he'll be part of a young linebacker corps eager to prove itself. Harrison will step into a reduced role, but he's still ready to make an impact, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Harrison had 5 1/2 sacks last season and at 37, he isn't getting younger, so the Steelers are planning to keep him limited to 15-20 plays per game. But don't expect Harrison to ease into retirement. 

"Nobody wants to be in a backup role," Harrison said. "If that's your mentality, then you're not in the right sport. Everybody wants to start, but we all have roles to play. I think I can play more than 25 snaps a game when I'm 50."

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Steelers WR Martavis Bryant leaves Thursday's practice with illness
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was forced to leave Thursday's practice after he became ill, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bryant had to be carted off the field, but is reportedly doing fine. He is expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver role.

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Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons willing to rework contract
by Sean d'Oliveira |

In order to retire with the team, Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons said he would be willing to renegotiate his contract, reports

"I've been here for nine years, I've got a house here, I'd like to keep that house," he said. "I've got a family here that loves it."

Timmons, 29, has played his entire eight-year career with the Steelers. He said the key to staying with the Steelers will be his performance on the field.

"Week in and week out, you have to come with it," Timmons said. "This game is unforgiving. I love the competition. I feel I'm a great competitor."

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