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Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th113.0 (17th)289.0 (5th)
Defense19th174.0 (29th)182.0 (6th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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--Police in Georgia have wrapped up their investigation into a sexual assault complaint by a 20-year-old woman against Ben Roethlisberger. They turned over their findings to the district attorney, who said charges will not be pressed.

In a statement, Roethlisberger said: "I know without a doubt it is the right conclusion. I don't intend to discuss any details related to the events in Georgia. I am happy to put this behind me and move forward.

I am truly sorry for the disappointment and negative attention I have brought to my family, my teammates and coaches, the Rooneys and the NFL. I understand that the opportunities I have been blessed with are a privilege, and that much is expected of me as the quarterback of Pittsburgh Steelers. I absolutely want to be the leader this team deserves, valued in the community and a role model to kids. I have much work to do to earn this trust, and I am committed to improving and showing everyone my true values.

Steelers President Art Rooney II said "the decision speaks for itself.

Roethlisberger could still potentially face punishment from the league under the personal conduct policy.

"In the coming days Ben will meet with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell to discuss his resolve to abide by the league's personal conduct standards," said Rooney. "After consultation with the Commissioner, our organization will determine the next steps in this process."

--DE Nick Eason signed a one-year contract with the Steelers. Eason, who turns 30 in May, started five games last season because of injuries and has served mostly as a little-used backup in his three seasons with the Steelers. Fellow backup Travis Kirschke is expected to retire. Eason was a UFA. The Steelers also have two rookie defensive ends from last season they drafted, first-rounder Ziggy Hood and Sunny Harris.

--Despite James Farrior's age (35), coach Mike Tomlin feels good about his inside linebackers after signing Larry Foote. Farrior and Lawrence Timmons started last season and Keyaron Fox was their No. 1 backup.

"I think we discovered last year that Keyaron Fox is capable of playing winning, starter-caliber football," Tomlin said. "Same bodies but you probably feel even a little better about it this time around."

--OG Kraig Urbik was the Steelers' second draft choice last year as their first of three third-round picks. He did not play a lick and was surpassed on the depth chart by free agent guard Ramon Foster. Director of football operations Kevin Colbert said the team is not disappointed in Urbik.

"Not at all. That's a bonus Ramon Foster did as good as he did. That's a pleasant dilemma to have. Hopefully Kraig Urbik will take that as a challenge. We'll see what happens in training camp. The good thing about it is it all plays out on the field. Players make decisions easy for us with their play."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's what I do, it's not who I am. I'm a husband, I'm a father, I'm a dad. It's a non-issue for me from that standpoint. I love it but it's not even in the same conversation as some of the other things." -- Mike Tomlin, on balancing his job with his family.

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