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O-R Sports reporter Dale Lolley gets you the insider scoop on the NFL.

After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on the Steelers radio network pre-game show prior to every game. Follow him on Twitter at dlolleyor.

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Jan 2017

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Some Tuesday with Tomlin thoughts, observations

Mike Tomlin came out Tuesday and, in his words, immediately addressed “the elephant in the room,” surrounding the Steelers as they prepare to head to New England for the AFC Championship.

Tomlin called wide receiver Antonio Brown’s decision to post live video from the locker room on Facebook Live, foolish, selfish and inconsiderate. He added that Brown will be reprimanded for the incident, which became embarrassing for Tomlin because it caught him cursing when talking about the New England Patriots in his post-game speech, which was audible in the background of the video.

While that reprimand won’t include anything that will be noticeable on the field Sunday at Gillette Stadium, you can bet it will be a hefty fine from the team. The league also could fine Brown for violation of its social media policy.

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Jan 2017

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Post-Steelers at Kansas City thoughts

So now the Steelers get a shot to face off against the big, bad New England Patriots for a shot to go to the Super Bowl.

Would you have wanted it any other way?

I wrote two weeks ago that this playoff run was going to be one of the defining moments for Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger.

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Jan 2017

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Who I like: Steelers vs. Chiefs

While watching a national TV network Thursday, I kind of chuckled when one of the on-site reporters in Kansas City said the poor weather expected in Kansas City this weekend might help the Chiefs more because they have the better defense.

Certainly that is the case in terms of forcing turnovers. Kansas City led the NFL with 33 takeaways this season. That’s good.

But the Chiefs also ranked 24th in total defense, 26th against the run, 16th against the pass and 27th in third down percentage.

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Jan 2017

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Tuesday with Tomlin: Updates on the QB and other nuggets

Ben Roethlisberger is fine. He said so Tuesday on his weekly call to KDKA-FM, saying he’ll be ready to go Sunday when the Steelers head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs for a shot to advance to the AFC Championship.

But that didn’t stop Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for taking the heat for calling a pass play with less than five minutes remaining in last weekend’s 30-12 playoff win over Miami.

Roethlisberger was hit from behind by Miami’s Cameron Wake on the play and aggravated an old injury in his right foot, causing him to wear a walking boot after the game as a precaution.

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