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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets ready for a first quarter snap while playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 4, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 35-7. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Injuries and Season-Ending Collapse Chalk Up 2012 as Failure for Steelers

A lot of things went wrong for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, but some of those things could have been avoided and a better season was there for the taking. Losses in games that should never have been losses damned their season from the beginning.

01/01/2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 30: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is pushed out of the pocket against the Cleveland Browns during the game on December 30, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 24-10. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Steelers Finish Season Strong With Victory Over Cleveland

Pittsburgh was able to avoid a season sweep by Cleveland and finish the season on a mediocre-high note, but there are some changes coming.

12/31/2012

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive lineman Billy Winn #90 of the Cleveland Browns tackles wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Steelers Hope a Short Injury List Can Help Avenge Earlier Season Loss to Browns

Can a healthier Steeler team, with Big Ben under center, stop the losing streak bleeding and avenge an earlier loss to the Browns?

12/29/2012

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive back Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns intercepts a pass as teammate Tashaun Gipson #39 and wide receiver Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers look on at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Browns Look To Make 2012 As A Clean Sweep of Steelers

Cleveland looks to do something that they haven’t done for close to 25 years, and that’s get a season sweep over the Steelers.

12/28/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23: Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers can't come up with a fourth quarter catch behind Chris Crocker #33 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cincinnati won the game 13-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Steelers Practice Indoors Due to Weather, Lose Three To IR

Snow and freezing rain was the outdoor theme for Wednesday’s practice for the Pittsburgh, while inside Heath Miller, Ike Taylor and Baron Batch were announced to have been placed on the injured reserve list. Miller and Batch are expected to have surgery. Additional moves to the roster come ahead of the last game of the 2012 NFL regular season.

12/27/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled during the fourth quarter by Geno Atkins #97 and Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cincinnati won the game 13-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Steelers Fans Might See Favorite Players Gone In 2013

With no increase expected in the 2013 NFL salary cap, the Pittsburgh Steelers will likely see many of their most recognized and fan favored players on different teams or retired following the final regular season game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, December 30. Fans who are already depressed about the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals may be looking at even more tough times ahead.

12/26/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 19: Cortez Allen #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs after an interception against the Indianapolis Colts during the game on August 19, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Cortez Allen Becoming A ‘Principled Leader’ On Steelers’ Defense

Cornerback Cortez Allen made a big statement in the Sunday loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Garnering his first two career interceptions in his young NFL career in a single game has insiders and fans standing up and taking notice.

12/25/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled during the fourth quarter by Geno Atkins #97 and Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cincinnati won the game 13-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Steelers Can’t Stop Bengals In 13-10 Loss

The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 7-8 on the season and lose to the Cincinnati Bengals, but also the chance that they’d stay alive long enough to enter the playoffs. Read more to find out how each unit was graded based on their performance in the 13-10 loss.

12/24/2012

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Steelers List Three Defensive Backs As ‘Probable’ For Sunday

A playoff atmosphere has given the Pittsburgh Steelers a feeling of urgency in practice this week. While several Steelers players are listed as probable for Sunday’s game, it is the defensive backfield that is being watched closely.

12/22/2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the the Cincinnati Bengals sets for play against the Jacksonville Jaguars October 9, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bengals won 30 - 20. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Bengals And Steelers Contend For Playoff And Division Position

The Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) in a game Sunday at Heinz Field that could determine the outcome of not only the AFC North divisional championship but also playoff potentials and positioning.

12/21/2012

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No Golden Parachute For Free-Falling Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the last two weeks of the 2012 regular season 7-7 with healthy players and wins as elusive as ever. Without an escape plan, the Steelers will need to focus on their goal if they hope to land anywhere near the playoffs. For a free-falling Pittsburgh team, the answer isn’t to bail out but to engage.

12/19/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 12: Keenan Lewis #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers pumps up the fans prior to a fourth quarter play while playing the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on November 12, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 16-13 in overtime.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Keenan Lewis Setting Examples On And Off The Field

Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis has become an explosive part of the defense, but his off-field actions have set just as many examples of what a humble, intelligent and honest man can do regardless of where he grew up.

12/18/2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Dwayne Harris #17 of the Dallas Cowboys returns a punt against Will Allen #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Bitter Taste Of Defeat For Steelers As Coaching Raises Concerns

In a game that was winnable, the Pittsburgh Steelers fall to .500 on the season after an abysmal showing against the Dallas Cowboys. Nearly every unit on the Steelers team receives a poor grade that only adds to the misery of a bitter defeat and their fourth loss in five games.

12/17/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lines up during the game against the New York Jets on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Dallas Is First Stop For Steelers To Make Big Stand

The Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) and the Dallas Cowboys (7-6) will face each other at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. Both teams are looking for a playoff berth. Getting through Dallas is the first stop on the Steelers’ three-game stand in which many feel is a must win situation. Friday’s final injury report and fantasy outlook is now available.

12/15/2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: The Dallas Cowboys helmet in the endzone at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Cowboys To Host Steelers In Texas

With both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys sitting at 7-6 on the season, this 2012 matchup will play out like a playoff game. The Cowboys look to dominate the game, but the Steelers are favored for this match-up. Read the Steelers’ opponent profile to see who may step up and how the Cowboys are preparing for the game.

12/14/2012

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