From Comcast SportsNetMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Three University of Alabama football players have been charged with knocking students unconscious and stealing their wallets, while a fourth player has been charged with using a stolen debit card, officials said Tuesday.Linebacker Tyler Hayes, 18, and safety Eddie Williams, 20, confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back early Monday morning, according to court documents. Williams said D.J. Pettway, 20, a defensive lineman, and Hayes waited in a nearby vehicle about an hour later while he knocked out and robbed another student. Williams and Hayes both admitted to their involvement, according to the documents.Williams and running back Brent Calloway, 20, both admitted to using a stolen credit card to buy snacks from vending machines inside a dormitory, the documents said.All four students were indefinitely suspended by coach Nick Saban.Pettway and Hayes were charged with second-degree robbery. Williams was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and second-degree robbery. Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Williams was released on 65,000 bond, while Hayes and Pettway were released on 60,000 bond each. Calloway was released on 5,000 bond."This behavior is unacceptable for any student-athlete at the University of Alabama and not representative of our football program," Saban said in a news release.All four players were backups last season for Alabama, which has won two straight national titles and three of the past four. Williams didn't play in 2012. But he was one of the nation's top prospects the previous year and moved from receiver to safety.The first student reported having his Apple Macbook Pro stolen from his backpack. Both sustained mild concussions, cuts on the face and heavy swelling, and had their wallets taken, according to documents.University police posted an advisory Monday saying two students reported being approached by two men who asked for a light for a cigarette.Police also said Williams had been arrested on a charge of carrying a pistol without a permit a day before his arrest on the robbery charges. Tuscaloosa police Sgt. Brent Blankley said in a news release that a clerk at a gas station called police early Sunday, telling officers that Williams threatened that he had something in his trunk after a fight about paying for gas.Officers who pulled over Williams found a pistol in his pants pocket, the release said. In that case, he was released on 500 bond.Jail records did not show whether any of the players had an attorney.Pettway, who was a redshirt freshman, played in 13 games and had 2 12 sacks and eight tackles.Hayes had 14 tackles as a freshman.Calloway played mostly on special teams but gained 63 yards on 10 carries. He has moved around on the field, working as a linebacker, tight end and H-back since Alabama signed the onetime Auburn commitment.Calloway was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession in October 2011 during a redshirt season.
PITTSBURGH – So far this season, Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski have combined for 39 catches, 644 yards and five touchdowns. Making the numbers that much more impressive is the fact the numbers were rolled up with Gronk inactive for two games and fairly useless in another thanks to his hamstring injury.
Will the Steelers slow the roll of Robellus Grennetski?
Hard to imagine. As Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, Gronk alone has tuned up the Steelers with 26 receptions for 403 yards and seven touchdowns in six meetings.
Fittipaldo explored the strategies the Steelers defense may unveil Sunday afternoon when the Patriots and Steelers get going. He also pointed out that the return of linebacker Ryan Shazier after a three week layoff and injuries for safeties Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden may put Pittsburgh at a disadvantage.
Said Shazier: “They have the tandem they want at tight end. Now they can use tight ends the way they want. You have to respect everyone on the field. Both of them are good blockers, good pass threats and great at running after the catch.”
Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Pittsburgh will alter its approaches.
“We have to be able to play more than one defense,” Butler said. “They’re very good and they’ll pick you apart if they can figure out what you’re doing. We just have to execute the defense more than anything else. If we can do that … that’s been our problem for the most part. Some of the things that went on last week, we missed some things we should have made mentally.”
What “went on last week” was a 30-15 loss to the Dolphins.
Pittsburgh hasn’t been a big-play group so far -- eight sacks and three picks -- nor have they seen a gauntlet of great quarterbacks in the first six games.
Interestingly, their losses have been to Ryan Tannehill and rookie Carson Wentz, probably the two quarterbacks one would figure Pittsburgh would do best against.
Between a smoking hot Brady and a can’t-be-stopped tight end tandem, there’s probably not a lot Pittsburgh can do aside from hoping for an off day.
Said linebacker Arthur Moats hopefully: “You have to continue to mix it up against (Gronkowski). You can’t give him the same look over and over. He has success on guys like that. If we disrupt him, and rush Brady and speed up his clock, I definitely think that will help out.”
In theory, perhaps. In practice? We’ll see.
A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Steelers game:
TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 5-1, Steelers 4- 2
GAME TIME: 4:25 p.m. EST
TV NETWORK: CBS
TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
NATIONAL RADIO NETWORK: Sports USA
NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Larry Kahn, Mark Carrier and Troy West
LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)
LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak
ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Steelers lead, 15-13
LAST MEETING: Patriots 28, Steelers 21 on Sept. 10, 2015 at Gillette Stadium
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-- The Patriots are 8-11 against the Steelers in Pittsburgh in their history, but are 4-2 at Heinz Field. Included in those four Heinz Field victories are two in AFC Championship Games (in the 2001 and 2004 seasons).
-- Tom Brady is 8-2 against the Steelers in his career.
-- The last time Brady played the Steelers, in 2015, he set a Patriots franchise record with 19 consecutive pass completions.
-- The Patriots are 108-70 (.607) in road games since 1994, the best record in the NFL over that span. The Steelers (97- 82, .542) are second.
-- The Patriots have yet to throw an interception in 2016, setting a team record for consecutive games without an interception at the start of a season (6). The NFL record for consecutive games at the start of a season without a pick is 9, set by the 1960 Browns. The Patriots' franchise record for overall consecutive games with no interceptions is 8, set in 2010.
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-- Rob Gronkowski has 67 overall touchdowns and needs one to tie Stanley Morgan (68) for the franchise record.
-- Gronkowski has 66 receiving touchdowns and needs one to tie Morgan (67) for the franchise record.
-- Gronkowski has 22 100-yard receiving games, including two in 2016, and is tied with Jackie Smith for the third-most among all NFL tight ends. The only TEs who have more are Kellen Winslow (24) and Tony Gonzalez (31).