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On location: Redskins 24, Steelers 13, preseason

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LANDOVER, Md. — Looking ahead to kickoff …

Game: Steelers (0-1) vs. Washington Redskins (1-0), preseason

Time: 8:02 p.m.

Site: FedExField

TV, radio: ESPN (national), WDVE-FM, ESPN Radio 970

Here is the official live summary.

Here is our Steelers page. Alan Robinson, Ralph Paulk and I are here.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Kevin says:

    go stillers!

  2. JohninOshkosh says:

    Alan Robinson reports that the Steelers plan on playing the Offensive A Team the entire first quarter with offensive line possibly going the entire first half. Should be an entertaining first half.

    I’m sure I’m in the minority here but I get a kick out of these preseason games. Even the second half is fun to watch. Some of the best hits you will see are from unknown defensive backs trying to make an impression. Plus the other night the Bears had a kid from little University Wisconsin Whitewater at quarterback. The dude has never loss a game starting at quarterback throughout high school and college! Where else do you see stuff like that on an NFL field in front of the big crowds ?

  3. tpbco says:

    I’m with you.

    Looking forward to watching the maturation of the O Line. They may start slowly (DUCK BEN!) but hope to see them developing and assuming they stay healthy, could be fun to watch as the year goes on.

  4. Brandie says:

    LeVeon plays tonight. Time to start seeing what he’s made of.

  5. bizrow says:

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  6. Ghost says:

    Bring back the endzone celebrations!

  7. Since the day Coach Tomlin took the position each year we have played worse than the previous…..think about that steeler fans

  8. Milo Hamilton says:


    What do you think of Robert Golden ? I think they may have something there.

    DK: I think they’ll be prepared to force the issue with him even if they don’t, Milo. Shamarko quietly has been a bit of a disappointment this camp, and they need safeties.

  9. Brandie says:

    I’d like to see Hippo do one of those.

  10. TJ says:

    Any relation to Golden Tate?

    Tough name to live up to “Golden”

  11. TJ says:

    Right now it seems like egg shells!

  12. TJ says:

    Who doesn’t miss the icky shuffle

  13. Brandie says:

    Let’s hope not, or it’s going to be a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong season.

  14. TJ says:

    Think it might be that way any way. FIRE LEBEAU!

  15. TJ says:

    Everyone was waiting for a trade….

    Well its not involving the Pirates….

    KC trades Jonathan Baldwin to the 49ers for AJ Jenkins.

  16. Ghost says:

    Or Golden Richards (who really had goldilocks).

  17. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oh that’s awesome.

  18. mdg11 says:

    Pittsburgh Pig,

    I did think about that. I discovered it isn’t true. The ’07 team won the division which upgraded the ’06 team. The ’08 team won the Super Bowl. The ’09 team dipped to 9-7, but the ’10 team won the AFC and was the first of back to back 12-4 seasons. Last year was 8-8.

    I don’t see a season by season downward trend.

  19. Keith says:


    Is Le’Veon okay? Will we see him full-out tonight?

    DK: He’ll play. But we just learned Cortez is out again. That isn’t good. He really needs to get on the field at some point. Gay replacing as starter.

  20. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ve heard that about Shamarko. Very willing to learn, but slow to develop.

  21. Bram R says:

    Alright Dejan, checking in. Who are the Lunatics?

    Bizro: I don’t know if there’s an initiation. I would vote with the chair-apparent for Stan “The Man”, from Donora… if he’s totally out of it, I think I’d probably vote for Badger Bob.

    I want the offense to click in the 1st quarter… both downfield and grind-it-out style. Too much to ask?

    DK: It’s better if they fill you in. When they get mad at me, they lock me up for days in a room lit only by NBA highlights.

  22. kr70 says:

    and when you get mad at us we just get soccer stories, (Just Kidding)

  23. Brandie says:

    We are the wonderfully diverse, slightly off kilter inhabitants of this her blog. Dejan is our fearless moderator and head smart a$$!

  24. twentytwo22 says:

    I want Jarvis Jones to show me that he is capable of more than charging up the field and get pushed to the outside by the LT and arc around the pocket.

  25. bizrow says:

    Badger Bob is already on the list

    Stan The Man?

    Any seconds/thirds?

    Re Lunatics

    Anyone that lurks, posts or otherwise visits is a Lunatic

    Long story, but the name is completely accurate ;-)

  26. Rick says:

    Steelers have been working hard the past few years. I hope we get to the super bowl again.

  27. JohninOshkosh says:


  28. bizrow says:

    So what, exactly, is the NBA?

  29. Lad9 says:

    Years ago the University of Florida (or maybe Miami) had an o-lineman named Golden Rule. When asked by a reporter why on earth his parents would name him that, his response was ” They could have named me slide”.

  30. Brandie says:

    Yes! Golden is the much better choice.

  31. Lad9 says:

    What the Muppet said. And by posting, and even by lurking, you too are a Lunatic. Welcome Bram!

  32. Lad9 says:

    Not true about the NBA highlights. That is reserved for Smizik. DK gets put in isolation with only a years worth of back copies of the Ottawa Sun. At least he has no trouble finding a place for his droppings though!

  33. Lad9 says:

    Stan the Man already on the list too. Or I would gladly second.

  34. TJ says:

    I would say there is a better chance of that than NH making a deal for a hitter before Sept 1. And I don’t mean drew sutton or Russ canzler

  35. Brandie says:


  36. Brandie says:

    Where is Johnny Unitas?

  37. TJ says:

    who needs the NBA when we have the best Riverhound coverage you could ask for. Any writer owning up to his goal kick problems is tops in my book.

  38. TJ says:

    NBA = No Bouncing Allowed. It’s where they just pass and dunk a round ball. Similar to college basketball with 3/4 less shooting and absolutely no defense

  39. Milo Hamilton says:

    Stevie Breaston has been cut by New Orleans.

  40. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m on record as having the Steelers going 11-5. I stand by that. There’s no uber dominant teams in the NFL. That’s the glory of the league.

    Few had the Ravens winning the SB last year. Steelers are much better than people give them credit for!

  41. TJ says:

    Rian Lindell by buffalo. Might as well sign him and have the buffalo specialists back together

  42. Troy says:

    I’ve heard a lot about Wheaton impressing at training camp. I want to see him flash some brilliance tonight.

  43. TJ says:

    Only if they acquire Adam Dunn.

  44. TJ says:

    I am hoping in Heaven

  45. TJ says:

    Wow Ben missed a wide open RB in the flat.

  46. JohninOshkosh says:

    MNF. Colleges start playing for real next week. HS starts here on this Friday.

    It’s beginning to look a lot like football season.

  47. Milo Hamilton says:

    Kirk Cousins could probably start for half the teams in the league right now.

  48. TJ says:

    If the Pirates were under .500 it would seem even more like football season

  49. TJ says:

    This UPMC/Highmark crap is old

  50. TJ says:

    Nice… 4 carries and 1 injury.

  51. Rob says:

    So much for seeing Bell.

  52. Brandie says:

    I meant on the list, but I’ll take that answer too!

  53. Sarah says:

    Good Lord

  54. pattonbb says:

    Bell’s limping and the OL looks terrible. Ben’s going to get killed. Go Steelers.

  55. TJ says:

    When does the first team offense get in the game?

  56. twentytwo22 says:

    It’s only preseason

  57. JohninOshkosh says:

    Big Ten alert!

    I’m waiting for Rec Grossman to get in. Honestly, did not know he was still in league. Thought he was provably selling real estate in Fla or something.

  58. twentytwo22 says:

    I thought Lacy was the injured guy

  59. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ugh, this phone.

  60. Milo Hamilton says:

    Big 10 alert – Ryan Kerrigan.

  61. Brandie says:

    Thank goodness it’s only preseason. Ugh…interception.

  62. Brandie says:


  63. TJ says:

    Bill Leavy looks like he has been on some PEDs

  64. twentytwo22 says:

    At least 2 ugly draws.

  65. Milo Hamilton says:

    Blocking somebody would be a start. Sorry, was that too negative ?

  66. TJ says:

    Why did we sign Moorman again? First 2 have been awful

  67. Sarah says:

    Nice first down….annnd obligatory penalty called back.

  68. Rob says:

    On a positive note, Thomas has been down field for both punts.

  69. TJ says:

    OL isn’t used to facing a pass rush, remember they are going against Ziggy and company in camp

  70. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the positives Rob!!
    We need something.

    Truly ugly thus far…..

  71. Brandie says:

    Pittsburgh Steelers Pee-Wee Football in the house! UGH!

  72. TJ says:

    We can take it a step further… Neither punt was blocked either!

  73. twentytwo22 says:

    3 and out from the D. OLBs

  74. TJ says:

    It must be in da house cause it ain’t on the field

  75. Brandie says:

    For every 1 step forward, take 5 steps back!

  76. Milo Hamilton says:

    He was with Danny Smith in Buffalo. He’ll have to be kidnapped to not make the team. But look at the bright side, we win Super Bowls with stinky punters.

  77. pattonbb says:

    Lacy will be in the running for offensive ROY. Bell will be lucky if doesn’t end up on IR running behind this line.

  78. Brandie says:

    Bell and the line, both soffff!

  79. twentytwo22 says:

    Pouncey’s been blown by twice.

  80. TJ says:

    If a receiver losses control of the ball out of bounds because of a late hit out of bounds does it count as a catch? Brown looked like he lost that ball and did not maintain possession through the catch.

  81. twentytwo22 says:

    The pocket’s a mine field.

  82. TJ says:


  83. TJ says:

    Very true. Watched the last 6 minutes of the Super Bowl against the cards the other day

  84. Arriba Wilver says:

    I like your avatar, 22.

  85. Milo Hamilton says:

    Dr. Andrews gets more face time than Shanahan.

  86. Fish says:

    Well played TJ

  87. Milo Hamilton says:

    The way I evaluate these games is simple. If I don’t see John Norwig, we win.

  88. theplanisworking says:

    Thats because he gets better results.

  89. Milo Hamilton says:

    Cousins is gimping around & Andrews stays right by Griffin. Smart man.

  90. TJ says:

    That was the best sideline report I ever heard

  91. TJ says:

    Wow. JARVIS!

  92. Lad9 says:

    Just because the game is in Washington does not mean the Steeler offensive tackles need to give their impression of the Washington Monument.

  93. Milo Hamilton says:

    “Dang it Rex.” – An oldie but goodie from the 1990’s Steve Spurrier collection.

  94. TJ says:

    I got to go to your Washington monument…. I never got held or a hand to my face

  95. TJ says:

    Dwyer has looked good

  96. TJ says:

    Redskins doing their best impression of the Pirates… Whiffing on tackles

  97. Milo Hamilton says:

    What Dejan said about Jarvis Jones on The Final Word last night (yes I watched).

  98. Drew71 says:


  99. Milo Hamilton says:

    You guys just summarized his career with those two posts.

  100. theplanisworking says:

    I know its only preseason, but something seems amiss in DC tonight.
    Like, the whole team, save for a player or 2.

  101. TJ says:

    He looked good fumbling. Good looking young man

  102. TJ says:

    Reggie Dunn might be the best player on the team

  103. Brandie says:

    Accentuate the positive. :-)

  104. Milo Hamilton says:

    1st Norwig sighting.

  105. Lad9 says:

    LOL. True. But it’s feet moved about as quick.

  106. florida steeler says:

    Third best team in their conference. No hope for 11-5.

  107. Bram R says:

    Who is the Steelers quarterback in 2+ years? Ben is still Ben ^_^ let him tear it up as long as he can, but the scramble instinct on him is unsustainable and not diminishing. And the Steelers don’t exactly produce competitive quarterbacks with the regularity that they produce linebackers.

    I suppose in a pinch you could always goad Charlie Batch back into it, but that’s a one-year Band Aid.

  108. TJ says:

    Must be rough being Gruden

  109. theplanisworking says:

    A reason not to watch MNF — Jon Gruden.

    Would have been funny if that would have been an exploding cake.

  110. Milo Hamilton says:

    Never send a Shanahan to do a man’s job.

  111. Milo Hamilton says:

    I have been assured by an NFL official that I would love Jon Gruden if I knew him. Guess I’ll have to take his word for it.

  112. theplanisworking says:

    Gruden would like you.
    Gruden likes everyone.

  113. TJ says:

    Who is Liz Frank? Everyone seems to have his injury. Its becoming the new achillies tendon injury

  114. TJ says:

    An NFL official as in on the field official or one that works in a tie and suit in NY?

  115. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ole King Grossman didn’t look too bad.

  116. JohninOshkosh says:

    Plus, throw away (pun) the interception and the Steeler defense has played decently.

  117. Milo Hamilton says:

    On the field.

  118. JohninOshkosh says:

    There’s that little Bear QB I knew and loved.

  119. JohninOshkosh says:

    Was he named afte Tom ?

  120. JohninOshkosh says:


  121. TJ says:

    You gotta stop with the iPhone

  122. TJ says:

    I really don’t understand these guys. They work very good jobs during the week and then go out on Sunday and make a ridiculous amount to be an official. Its obvious Leavy is using his for PEDs and Botox unless its just my new TV

  123. JohninOshkosh says:

    Ha! I can’t afford Apple.

  124. TJ says:

    Ok Bob Nutting

  125. TJ says:

    Btw if 30 is the new 20 there is a lot of under age drinking on the South Side every weekend

  126. TJ says:

    One time Dunn could have returned the ball and he calls for a fair catch.

  127. JohninOshkosh says:

    No need for personal insults. :)

  128. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nice call on fourth down and well executed. Jones with a nice drive and TD Pittsburgh.

  129. TJ says:

    Landry looked like Big Ben under throwing Wallace on that pass to Wheaton

  130. Milo Hamilton says:

    The decaying carcass of Guy Whimper.

  131. theplanisworking says:

    I say the Steelers keep him.
    There would be no shortage of puns this year.

  132. JohninOshkosh says:

    Former Badger Devin Smith with the Steelers! Almost charged with a turnover on punt. lol.

  133. Lad9 says:

    Decaying implies there once was life.

  134. Milo Hamilton says:

    And a pick !

  135. Milo Hamilton says:

    In the immortal words of Charles Henry Noll, “Cutting won’t be difficult. Stopping will be.”

  136. theplanisworking says:

    I see the Dejan jinx lives on.

    I say he never goes on location anywhere again.
    Except Winnipeg.

    Or, Ottawa.

  137. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    That was bad….That was REAL bad!
    Very disappointed…..

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