Steelers offensive line strong early

By DALE GRDNIC - Associated Press
    2014-08-19 17:38

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping a healthy offensive line leads to a return to the playoffs.

The early results are promising. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says his jersey has remained clean during the team's first two preseason games. Roethlisberger had plenty of time to throw a pair of touchdowns in a victory over Buffalo last Saturday.

The return of center Maurkice Pouncey from a knee injury that cost him nearly all of the 2013 season has helped. Pouncey says he's 100 percent and for once the other four linemen can say the same.

The group of Pouncey, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Kelvin Beachum and Marcus Gilbert has missed a combined 63 games since the start of the 2012 season. The players hope those days are behind them as they prep for 2014.

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