Steel­ers con­tinue to roll

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The Steel­ers aren’t play­ing like a team miss­ing Le’Veon Bell.

Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw for 328 yards and five touch­downs, James Con­ner ran for 65 yards and a score be­fore leav­ing late with a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion and the Steel­ers pounded the Pan­thers 52-21 on Thurs­day night for their fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

An­to­nio Brown added eight re­cep­tions for 96 yards, in­clud­ing a 53-yard touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter.

While Bell — a three-time Pro Bowl run­ning back who still hasn’t signed his one-year fran­chise ten­der — tweeted his thoughts as he watched on tele­vi­sion, the Steel­ers (6-2-1) rolled on with­out him. Bell has un­til Tues­day to sign a con­tract if he wants to play this sea­son. Pres­i­dent Art Rooney II said Bell is ex­pected to re­port to the team next week.

Cam New­ton was 23-for-29 for 193 yards and had a pair of flips to Chris­tian McCaf­frey that the sec­ond-year run­ning back turned into scores, but New­ton’s show­down with Roeth­lis­berger never ma­te­ri­al­ized. The Steel­ers sacked New­ton five times and rarely let him get com­fort­able.

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In­jured Jets quar­ter­back Sam Darnold won’t start against the Bills, but the strug­gling rookie will re­turn to the start­ing lineup as soon as his strained right foot is healed, coach Todd Bowles said. Bowles said he will re­turn to Darnold even if vet­eran Josh Mc­Cown, who will start Sun­day, is play­ing well.

Wally Triplett, the trail­blaz­ing run­ning back who was one of the first African-Amer­i­cans drafted by an NFL team, died at 92. Triplett played in 24 games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals. He was also the first African-Amer­i­can to start for Penn State.

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