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LAST SEASON: Steelers had little trouble rolling to third AFC North title in
four years but flamed out in playoffs when Jaguars stunned them for second time
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, 45-42 in divisional round. Defense led
NFL and set franchise record with 57 sacks, but also had trouble getting stops
late in season following Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier's spinal injury.
Pittsburgh allowed 350 yards and 28 points after Shazier went down. Shazier has
already been ruled out for 2018, leaving Steelers thin at inside linebacker.
Secondary is being overhauled after veterans Mike Mitchell, William Gay and
Robert Golden were cut. Offense finished third in yards and eighth in points but
it wasn't enough for coordinator Todd Haley to keep job. Team wasted little time
promoting quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to take over.


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POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State; LB Rashaan Evans,
Alabama; CB Josh Jackson, Iowa; RB Derrius Guice, LSU.

OUTLOOK: Steelers have leaned on draft heavily to replenish linebacker group,
using first-round pick for one in four of last five years. With Shazier out and
2015 first-round pick Bud Dupree's long-term status unknown, it's likely
Pittsburgh goes to well again at No. 28 overall. Cornerback would also make
sense early, but Steelers could also tip hand about plans for RB Le'Veon Bell
and QB Ben Roethlisberger in second and third rounds. Bell has yet to sign
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deal. Roethlisberger said after loss to Jacksonville he believes he can play
three more years. If Steelers don't believe him, they could take shot at landing
successor early. They haven't taken QB before fourth round since grabbing
Roethlisberger 11th overall in 2004.

The 49ers spent most the preseason playing without running back Jerick
McKinnon and it looks like he may be missing some of the regular season as

According to multiple reports, McKinnon suffered an injury during a team
workout on Saturday. The exact nature of the injury isn’t known at this time,
but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media called it “concerning” and General Manager John
Lynch is expected to speak to reporters once the team’s cuts to 53 players are

The 49ers ruled McKinnon out for the preseason after hurting his knee in a
mid-August practice. The idea was to have him ready for Week One, but that’s up
in the air now.

Alfred Morris was signed after Matt Breida was also hurt this summer and it
appears he may be playing a bigger role than expected.

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