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Final: Steelers 24, Chargers 17

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FOURTH QUARTER

00:34 With Joe Haden on the bench, Cam Sutton intercepts Philip Rivers to seal the win.

1:29 The banged-up Steelers defense is starting to show some wear and tear.

Philip Rivers leads an eight-play, 74-yard drive and finds Hunter Henry for another score.

24-17 Steelers.

2:00 Steelers cornerback Joe Haden has a groin injury and is questionable to return.

3:53 Steelers running back James Conner has a quad injury and is questionable to return.

7:13 The Chargers aren’t going away quietly. Philip Rivers to Hunter Henry in the very back of the end zone makes it a two-score game. 24-10 Steelers.

14:00 After T.J. Watt and Anthony Chickillo combined to sack Philip Rivers on third down, the Chargers settled for a field goal after an 11-play, 66-yard scoring drive. 24-3 Steelers.

THIRD QUARTER

8:12: The Steelers took 6:48 off the clock on a long drive that ended in a Chris Boswell field goal. They have a 8:20 advantage in time of possession. 24-0 Steelers.

15:00: The Steelers will start the second half with bad news. Stephon Tuitt will not return with his pectoral injury.

Steelers DL Stephon Tuitt Out for Game with Pectoral Injury

HALFTIME STATS

SECOND QUARTER

4:23 Devin Bush down on the field and appears to be in considerable pain. Not good news for the Steelers defense already playing without Mark Barron at inside linebacker. Vince Williams will play next to Tyler Matakevich. The only other inside linebacker dressed is rookie Ulysees Gilbert.

6:34: Devlin Hodges hit James Conner in the right flat and he broke a tackle and scampered 26 yards for a touchdown to put the Steelers in the driver’s seat, 21-0.

FIRST QUARTER

3:38 Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt has left the game with a pectoral injury and is questionable to return.

4:29 The Steelers take advantage of the short field. James Conner scored on an off-tackle play from 12 yards out.

Mike Tomlin made scoring touchdowns after turnovers a focus for his team this week after failing to do so against Baltimore:

“We were able to deliver a couple turnovers and get the ball on a short field, but we weren’t able to punch those in. We settled for three, and there’s a price to pay for that.”

14-0 Steelers

8:59 Tyson Alualu got his hands on the ball and Devin Bush played a perfect tip drill for his second interception in as many weeks. He now his six takeaways in six games.

10:51: Devin Bush recovered a fumbled lateral and returned it 9 yards for his first career touchdown as the Steelers score on defense on the third possession of the game. 7-0 Steelers.

GAMEDAY INFO

Sunday, Oct. 13 2019, 8:20 p.m.
Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, Calif.
TV/Radio: NBC (Nationally), WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh), Steelers Radio Network (102.5 WDVE-FM)

SN Coverage: Alan Saunders

FORECAST

72 degrees, sunny

BETTING ODDS

Steelers +6 (opened +6). Total: 42.5

INACTIVES

Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph (concussion), WR James Washington (AC joint, left shoulder), CB Steve Nelson (groin), LB Mark Barron (hamstring), RB Jaylen Samuels (knee surgery), FB Roosevelt Nix (knee surgery), DE Isaiah Buggs.

Chargers: K Mike Badgley (right groin), WR Andre Patton (quad), S Nasir Adderley (hamstring), DE Melvin Ingram III (hamstring), WR QB Easton Stick, DT Cortez Broughton.

INJURY UPDATES

OUT: Steelers QB Mason Rudolph (concussion), FB Roosevelt Nix (knee), CB Steve Nelson (groin), RB Jaylen Samuels (knee surgery), WR James Washington (AC joint, left shoulder), LB Mark Barron (hamstring).

DOUBTFUL: Chargers S Nasir Adderley (hmastring), K Michael Badgley (right groin), RB Justin Jackson (calf), WR Andre Patton (quad).

QUESTIONABLE: Chargers DE Melvin Ingram III (hamstring), TE Hunter Henry (knee)

STEELERS NOW COVERAGE THIS WEEK

Duck Season: Devlin Hodges to Start at QB for Steelers vs. Chargers

Steelers Promote Trey Edmunds, Paxton Lynch to Active Roster

Report: Ravens Safety Earl Thomas Fined $21,000 for Hit on Mason Rudolph

Injuries Putting Question Marks in Steelers Pass Defense

Mic Drop: Tomlin’s Future; A Duck Dynasty in Pittsburgh

NFL Picks Week 6

Steelers Sights and Sounds: Duck Tales from Practice

Are the Steelers Ready to Defend Keenan Allen?

Devin Bush’s High School to Retire His Uniform

Steelers QB Devlin Hodges ‘Calm, Cool, Collected’ while Preparing for First Start

Reports: Steelers WR James Washington to Miss Multiple Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Steelers Put Kick Return Woes under the Microscope

Devin Bush’s Progress a Big Positive from 1-4 Steelers Start

Steelers Prep for Devlin Hodges Start with Mason Rudolph’s Status Up in the Air

Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels Out a Month after Knee Surgery

Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels Out a Month after Knee Surgery

Steelers Re-Sign LB Robert Spillane to Practice Squad

Steelers Believe ‘Duck’ Hodges Can Keep Them in the Hunt

Steelers Release QB Taryn Christion from Practice Squad

Steelers Will Need Defense to Lead Charge to Escape 1-4 Start

Steelers Open as 6-point Underdogs to Chargers

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Bill Cowher Reveals He and His Wife Recovered from COVID-19

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher and his wife Veronica have and recovered from COVID-19, the future Hall of Fame told Ed Bouchette of The Athletic.

While not diagnosed at the time, the couple experienced symptoms back in March following a trip to Hawaii, and tested positive for the virus antibodies in April.

According to Bouchette’s story, Cowher first knew something was wrong when he was unable to smell flowers he had purchased from a florist, and could not taste his wife’s cooking. Cowher also said he experienced shaky joints and a fever, while Veronica had a cough.

Cowher also shared his thoughts on the NFL season going forward, and if he thinks the league will be able to start up without a hitch. He seems skeptical.

“I don’t know,” Cowher said via Pro Football Talk. “No. 1, the players have to feel comfortable with whatever they come up with from a testing standpoint, from a protocol standpoint. I totally understand the reluctance. Even though they say young people aren’t getting it, you also have people who have asthma, people who have underlying conditions in their families — they’re going back to their homes with parents who may now be elderly. It’s not like you can isolate yourself from everybody, particularly during a season that’s five months long. . . . I still think we have a long way to go.”

Cowher added that players needed to be respected with regard to how they choose to handle the virus personally, including if they decided to skip the 2020 season entirely.

“It’s going to come down to the league and the NFLPA feeling comfortable moving forward, and even within that, if they come up with a set of guidelines, and now a player who doesn’t feel comfortable, he may not want to be part of it. It affects people differently not only from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint. . . . I think we have to respect that.”

A Super Bowl champion in 2005, Cowher spent his entire 15-year head coaching career with the Steelers. His 149 wins are top-20 in NFL history.

Cowher has worked as an analyst for The NFL Today on CBS since 2007.

The legendary coach was supposed to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this August, but the ceremony and festivities were moved to the summer of 2021 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

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Lawrence Timmons Donating $500,000 to High School Alma Mater

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Former Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons is giving back to the next generation of football players at his high school alma mater.

Timmons donated $500,000 to Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina to remodel their stadium. The renovation process is expected to get underway in September.

“All of these upgraded facilities, around the school and athletic complex, give students a renewed pride in their school. I’m glad to play a part in that,” Timmons told Clint Buckley of 247 Sports.

The renovation plan for Tiger Stadium includes a new track, additional seating and an updated, brick entrance to the complex.

“I am very appreciative of Mr. Timmons’ contribution,” said Eric Robinson, Wilson’s principal. “This just goes to show that he remembers where he came from and that he will always be a Tiger. I am excited to see what everything looks like when it is done. Our students and our alumni deserve the best. I think this will motivate them to be even better on the field.”

A 2003 graduate of Wilson, Timmons played linebacker and tight end, posting 150 tackles and two sacks along with 47 receptions for 800 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.

Trading Florence for Tallahassee, he earned All-ACC honors behind 79 tackles and 18 tackles-for-loss in his final season with the Florida State Seminoles.

Timmons was selected 15th-overall by the Steelers in the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent ten seasons in Pittsburgh, earning both a Pro Bowl appearance and Second-Team All-Pro during his stellar 2014 season. He won Super Bowl XLIII with the Steelers over the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.

Timmons recorded 983 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and 12 interceptions over his Steeler career.

Timmons has been out of the NFL since being released after a single season with the Miami Dolphins in 2018.

Still, it is great to see Timmons staying close to the game by giving back to the place that gave him his football start.

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T.J. Watt Named Top Edge Rusher in NFL by CBS Sports

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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt has been named the NFL’s top edge rusher by Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.

One of the most loaded position groups in the NFL, Watt beat out some elite talents to claim the top spot, including the Browns’ Myles Garrett, the Saints’ Cameron Jordan and the Bears’ Khalil Mack.

Watt was a force to be reckoned with in his third season out of Wisconsin, earning First-Team All-Pro honors and finishing third in NFL Defensive Player of the Year Voting.

No. 90 had 14.5 sacks and 14 tackles-for-loss in 2019, while intercepting two passes and forcing a league-leading eight fumbles.

Watt’s production last season helped the Steelers defense turn into one of the NFL’s best, finishing the year ranked first in sacks (54) and turnovers (38). Neither Watt or his supporting cast show any signs of slowing down in 2020z

The next challenge for Watt and the Steelers is finding a way to come to a long-term contract extension, keeping the stud edge rusher in Pittsburgh for years to come.

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