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2019 Schedule
0-3, 3rd in AFC North
JuJu compliments Rudolph on 1st start in hostile environment (0:17)
Smith-Schuster takes off for 76-yard TD (0:31)
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16hBrooke Pryor

Mixed results for Rudolph, Minkah in Steelers loss

In a 24-20 loss to the 49ers, Steelers QB Mason Rudolph struggled early but finished strong later. Newly-acquired DB Minkah Fitzpatrick had an INT and a forced fumble in his first game, but Pittsburgh's defense couldn't keep pace in the second half.

Rudolph finds Johnson for 39-yard score (0:19)
Fitzpatrick snags INT, forces fumble in Steelers debut (0:56)

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Donte Moncrief, who started out the season as a starter, is inactive against the 49ers. It appears rookie Diontae Johnson will fill his role. Earlier this week, Johnson told reporters he was told by coaches he was the starter until further notice. Other inactives include FB Rosie Nix, OLB Anthony Chickillo, G Fred Johnson, OT Chuks Okorafor, DE Isaiah Buggs and ILB Vince Williams.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers coaches told Mason Rudolph to ‘be yourself' in first NFL start. That means going vertical. Rudolph is an aggressive passer. But the 49ers are expecting run support. DeForest Buckner told me that when Steelers load up on first and second down, San Francisco must be ‘physical all day long.'

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger won't have Tommy John surgery and he is expected back for the 2020 season

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1dAdam Schefter

Sources: Ben won't have TJ surgery, back for '20

The Steelers expect Ben Roethlisberger to "be fine for next season" after having elbow surgery this week, a source told ESPN. The star QB will not need Tommy John surgery, according to the source.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect to see more Diontae Johnson against the San Francisco 49ers. With receivers Donte Moncrief and Ryan Switzer struggling with their duties, Johnson will be featured more often and move into a starting job this weekend, he told reporters Friday. "They just put me in there and told me I'm the starter from here on out," Johnson said, relaying what coaches told him this week. "Just got to keep executing and making plays." The rookie, a third-round draft pick from Toledo, played 27 snaps against the Seahawks, good for 47 percent of the offensive plays. That number was up from a week earlier the he played in just 36 percent of the snaps against the Patriots. Against Seattle, Johnson returned a punt following Switzer's muff and took it back 11 yards. He was also targeted three times in the second half and had a 17-yard reception. "You start to see the growth of a young player," offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said. "He made a nice play last week and he is growing as a player. I am encouraged and excited by him." Veteran defensive back Joe Haden has also been impressed with Johnson, noting his impressive speed and route-running skills. "He has some stuff with him as far as being quick-twitched and stop and start, that's special," Haden said. "I think he has the best releases and is the quickest off the line with our team."

Cruz likes Jimmy G to lead 49ers to the win (0:50)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Watt said Steelers defense doesn't need to be simplified despite giving up 61 points through two weeks, and the team "more than capable" of handling communication. "We've just got to get things figured out," he said. "It's kind of a mix of a lot of things. We'll practice and get it figured out. We feel like we have a good beat on it."

Orlovsky confident the Steelers can bounce back from 0-2 (2:04)
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5dJeremy Fowler

Allegheny DA won't prosecute AB due to statute

Antonio Brown will not be prosecuted by Pittsburgh-area law enforcement for a June 2017 sexual assault allegation due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers RB James Conner (knee) isn't sure if he'll practice Wednesday but said he expects to be good to go Sunday at San Francisco based on “the way it's feeling right now." The Steelers likely will list him as questionable.

Stephen A.: Kaepernick would return as a backup (1:44)
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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Mina and ESPN Rams reporter Lindsey Thiry discuss the injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jalen Ramsey demanding a trade, the best three teams in the NFC, Mina's fascination with a third string quarterback, and "normies."

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Team Stats

Passing Yards205.325th
Rushing Yards64.029th
Points For16.3
Points Against28.3