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@ Cle
W 21-18
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W 26-9
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@ Chi
L 17-23
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Steelers tackle Villanueva: mix up led to anthem flap

PITTSBURGH (AP) Alejandro Villanueva just wanted to get a glimpse of the American flag, the symbol he wore on his military uniform during three tours in Afghanistan before beginning an unlikely journey from Army Ranger to the NFL.

The massive left tackle and West Point graduate has no interest in becoming a symbol in a fight he wants no part of, no matter how it may have looked on Sunday at Soldier Field, when Villanueva found himself standing alone as the flag waved, the national anthem played and his teammates remained covered in darkness in a tunnel behind him.

The optics made it appear as if Villanueva was making a statement about where he stands in the mushrooming political battle that has turned high-profile athletes' action (or inaction) during the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner" into a national referendum on patriotism.

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AFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
Baltimore 210.667
Pittsburgh 210.667
Cincinnati 030.000
Cleveland 030.000
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: B. Roethlisberger741
Pass TDs: B. Roethlisberger5
Rush Yds: L. Bell180
Rush TDs: L. Bell1
Rec Yds: A. Brown354
Rec TDs: J. James2
Int: T. Watt1
Sacks: A. Chickillo3.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 907 (21)
Passing Yards: 741 (14)
Rushing Yards: 207 (28)
Points per game: 21.3 (17)
Yards per game: 302.3 (22)
Touchdowns: 6 (19)
Field Goals: 5 (18)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 778 (3)
Passing Yards: 490 (2)
Rushing Yards: 368 (22)
Points per game: 16.7 (3)
Yards per game: 259.3 (2)
Touchdowns: 6 (16)
Field Goals: 3 (7)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/23 S. Johnson cut
9/23 L. Fort active/prac. squad
9/20 J. Rodgers pract. squad add
9/20 J. Thomas pract. squad del
9/13 L. Fort pract. squad add
9/13 M. Galambos pract. squad del
9/12 L. Fort cut
9/12 S. Johnson signed
9/12 M. Golden cut
9/12 M. Golden off IR groin
Injuries
Date Player Status
9/24 T. Watt groin (Out)
9/24 S. Tuitt biceps (Questionable)
9/24 J. Hawkins knee (Questionable)
9/24 M. Gilbert hamstring, illness (Out)
9/17 J. Hawkins knee (Out)
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