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Youngsters Allen, Brown stepping in for Taylor

Updated: December 6, 2012, 5:21 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The seeds for a rivalry between Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen were planted early.

Selected one round apart by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 NFL draft, the cornerbacks found themselves fighting for playing time -- and a roster spot -- on a defense that isn't the easiest to learn.

Brown, a third-round pick, played at Texas. Allen, who went a round later, played at The Citadel, far from the bright lights of big-time college football.

Coach Mike Tomlin admits ...

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