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2-1, 1st in AFC North

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers cancelled normal Monday locker room access and held press conferences two hours apart. Magnitude of protest/Villanueva story required game-planning.

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Villanueva is sorry he made teammates 'look bad' (0:32)
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7hJeremy Fowler

Villanueva: Standing alone wasn't intentional

Alejandro Villanueva says he unintentionally separated himself from his Steelers teammates in the tunnel on Sunday and didn't intend to stand by himself for the national anthem.

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Big Ben wishes Steelers were on field during protest (0:57)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Villanueva on players' rights to protest: I don't know what it's like to be from Dade County, from Oakland.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Villanueva: "I see that picture of me standing by myself and I'm embarrassed to a degree because intentionally I left my teammates behind."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Alejandro Villanueva addressed the media for 15 minutes. "This national anthem ordeal had sort of been out of control, and there's a lot of blame on myself," he said. Villanueva asked Ben Roethlisberger if he could go to the front of the tunnel to see the flag, went too far unintentionally, then the music started.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Explaining Al Villanueva standing alone during anthem, Ben Roethlisberger said team captains asked Villanueva to meet them at the top of the tunnel, and amid 'chaos' from Bears fans in the area and the music starting, the players stopped short. 'There was no division there,' Roethlisberger said.

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9hJeremy Fowler

Big Ben regrets how Steelers showed unity

The Steelers' decision to remain in the tunnel during the playing of the national anthem weighed on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who wrote on his website that he wishes the team handled its show of unity differently.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers captains Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Heyward just addressed the media. Roethlisberger said he wished the team had been on the field for the national anthem Sunday. Both made clear they greatly respect the military, goal was to show unity.

ESPN Stats & Info

Missed opportunity to move to 3-0

Six of the eight teams to enter Week 3 at 2-0 lost: the Broncos, Lions, Panthers, Raiders, Ravens and Steelers. Historically, that would leave their playoff odds around a coin flip instead of near 75 percent. ESPN's FPI is still bullish on the Steelers (81.7 percent odds), but it pegs the rest of these teams at 50.5 percent or below, with the Panthers all the way down at 27.7 percent.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers struggling to find the big play on offense. Ben Roethlisberger is averaging 6.7 yards per passing attempt this season, his lowest rate through the first three games since 2006 (4.9), according to ESPN Stars and Info.

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14hBill Barnwell

Barnwell: Seasons that changed over 23 minutes of Week 3 madness

The Bears simply decided to look past their QB problem and run the ball down Pittsburgh's throat, while the Steelers' run game is still waiting to get going. Lucky for the Steelers, the rest of the AFC had a rough weekend.

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Steelers' Villanueva made a tough choice (2:02)
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Source: Steelers surprised by Villanueva move

Alejandro Villanueva's appearance on the field, as the only Steelers player to leave the tunnel for Sunday's national anthem, led to "confusion" for some teammates, a source said.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked what went into Al Villanueva leaving tunnel while others stood back, Cam Heyward said "I don't want to get into that, but we support our guy Al. He feels he had to do it. This guy served our country and we thank him for it." Villanueva was not spotted during the post-game locker room media availability.

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Roethlisberger shares why Steelers stayed in locker room (0:29)
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Report: Timmons visited Steelers during bye

According to CBSSports.com, Lawrence Timmons visited the Steelers during the Dolphins' impromptu Week 1 bye. He went AWOL from the Dolphins a week later, which led to his indefinite suspension.

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1dJeremy Fowler

Steelers' offense: We're wasting talent

"We're so much better than this. It's tough to waste all the talent we have," guard David DeCastro said. "Look at the offense we have. If we're not putting up 350, 400 yards a game, it feels like we're wasting it."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger fell on the sword after offense' 282-yard performance. 'I need to play better football.'

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers DE Cam Heyward: Team wanted to 'show solidarity' with protest, 'got our ass kicked' by Bears running game.

2017 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(30)T.J. WattOLBWisconsin
2(30)JuJu Smith-SchusterWRUSC
3(30)Cam SuttonCBTennessee
3(41)James ConnerRBPittsburgh
4(29)Joshua DobbsQBTennessee
5(30)Brian AllenCBUtah
6(30)Colin HolbaLSLouisville
7(30)Keion AdamsDEWestern Michigan

Team Stats

Passing Yards233.316th
Rushing Yards69.0Tied-29th
Points For21.316th
Points Against16.73rd