The Pittsburgh Steelers are ditching their “bumblebee” throwback uniforms for something with a more 1970s feel.

The team announced Wednesday it will wear replica jerseys of the 1978 and 1979 clubs that won back-to-back Super Bowls when the Steelers host the Browns on Oct. 28. Steelers President Art Rooney II said the choice of using the 1978-79 jersey was fitting. The franchise will spend the next two seasons honoring the 40th anniversary of the teams that pushed Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl total in the 1970s to four.

The Steelers are ending the use of their 1933 throwbacks that featured black-and-gold horizontal stripes that made the team resemble a swarm of bees.

Gates could return

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers would welcome the return of tight end Antonio Gates following the serious knee injury suffered by Hunter Henry last week.

Rivers endorsed the idea of re-signing Gates, who is a free agent after playing all 15 seasons of his record-setting career for the Chargers, but said the decision would be up to General Manager Tom Telesco and head coach Anthony Lynn.

“I would always be excited if he walked back in the door, obviously. Certainly, he would get my vote,” Rivers said.

Gates, who played basketball for Kent State, caught 87 of his 114 touchdown receptions from Rivers. Gates has the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history to go along with his franchise-record 927 receptions and 11,508 yards receiving.

Colts show support

The Indianapolis Colts arrived for practice in T-shirts supporting a suburban Indianapolis community rocked by last week’s school shooting.

Players and coaches wore the “Noblesville strong” shirts throughout their workout.

Two people were wounded in the shooting, including Jason Seaman, a teacher and former FCS football player who stopped the shooter at Noblesville Middle School. Colts offensive lineman Joe Haeg said he knew Seaman from conference play.

Seaman attended Southern Illinois and his college number, 91, was on the shirts. Haeg attended FCS power North Dakota State.

The team says proceeds from shirt sales will be donated to Seaman and Ella Whistler, who also was wounded.

Brees donates jersey

When Drew Brees heard a 1930s-era Purdue jersey worn by John Wooden was being sold at auction, he saw an opportunity to help his alma mater showcase its ties to a man most known for winning 10 NCAA men’s basketball titles as UCLA’s coach.

Brees says he paid $264,000 to win a late-hour bidding war for the jersey in mid-May and will allow Purdue to display it at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.

“I had never seen any Purdue related in regards to memorabilia ever from John Wooden,” the New Orleans Saints quarterback said. “I mean, think about it, it’s over 80 years ago. So the minute that I saw this, I thought ‘This belongs at Purdue. Purdue has to have this and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure they do.’ ”

49ers behind schedule

The San Francisco 49ers are easing linebacker Reuben Foster back into the system after he missed the start of the offseason program while dealing with a domestic violence case that was eventually dropped.

Foster was not allowed to participate in the offseason program until a judge ruled last week that he wouldn’t have to stand trial on domestic violence charges. The judge determined there was no evidence that Foster ever hit his ex-girlfriend.

Foster rejoined the 49ers last Thursday but has been held out of team drills as he gets back up to speed. He took part in individual drills during organized team activities but spent the time during team drills doing conditioning or watching teammates.

Defensive coordinator Robert Salah said there’s no rush to get Foster back into team drills but added it won’t take long for Foster to get back up to speed.

Charges dropped

Charges have been dropped against Arizona Cardinals second-round draft pick Christian Kirk, who was arrested on counts of disorderly conduct and property damage in February.

The Arizona Republic reported that Scottsdale city records show the charges against Kirk were dropped Tuesday. He was arrested by Scottsdale police after leaving the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Feb. 3.

Scottsdale police said Kirk was with a group that was intoxicated and throwing rocks at cars.

The Cardinals said they were aware before they drafted Kirk that the receiver had been arrested on the charges.

Packers sign lineman

The Green Bay Packers signed free-agent offensive lineman Byron Bell, adding a versatile veteran to beef up depth.

Bell, 29, played last season with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in 12 games and making two starts at left tackle. He missed the entire 2016 season after injuring his ankle during offseason workouts with the Tennessee Titans.

The Packers released lineman Jacob Alsadek, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arizona, to make room for Bell.