The Pittsburgh Steelers have an unexpected weekend off this week, with the news that their game against the Tennessee Titans would be postponed until later on in the season. Normally when players have a bye week, they're allowed time to go see family, go visit home, etc. Not the case here for Pittsburgh, as they have to stay close to home for COVID-19 testing.
I don't know why you would do that during a pandemic anyway, but here we are.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said if it comes down to it, his team would not mind playing 13 straight weeks, without another bye week when the game is rescheduled down the line.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith Schuster has missed most of this week's practices, but he says on the Gram that he's playing this weekend, and you should start him on your fantasy team.
It's Friday, so it will be telling to see if he ends up practicing today, regardless of if he missed practice earlier in the week. The Steelers play the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Unfortunately, no one has hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in about a year. Any football player will tell you that the first game back will make you feel like you got hit by a bus. Big Ben is feeling it, but his right elbow, the one he had surgery on, is feeling fine. Or so he says.
I would have volunteered to hit him if this was the case. Haha, just kidding. Or am I?
Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns in Monday night's win against the New York Giants, so if that is Ben shaking off some rust after not playing for a while... the rest of the AFC North could be in some trouble.
Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Zach Banner was carted off the field during last night's game against the New York Giants. The look on his face alone had everyone expecting the worst, but the team confirmed that the injury is a torn ACL. Banner will be out the remainder of the season.
Pittsburgh is already working on their roster to replace him. They signed tackle Jerald Hawkins off of the Houston Texans practice squad.
Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro has not been practicing as of late, and he may not be able to go in Week One.
Head coach Mike Tomlin didn't confirm the report and remained coy when asked about DeCastro's status. Tomlin left it up to the way DeCastro responded to the week leading up to the game, aka typical coach-speak.
While it is expected that we are to see some sloppy football with there having been no preseason games, this isn't the typical set-up that the Steelers would like. I'm sure quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wished it was different as well.
I hope every NFL QB also feels this way, tbh.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was seen yesterday actually throwing a football, which is a milestone for him. After missing basically all of last season with an elbow injury, Roethlisberger has a lot to prove this season. He also has one goal on his mind -- winning a Super Bowl.
While I admire his drive here, I don't exactly see multiple Super Bowls for Roethlisberger. However, you can't rule out one. Hell, maybe this year the Steelers will somehow follow all the rules and be the league's healthiest team, and be rewarded with one of those Lombardis he's talking about.
I wrote more about this yesterday, which you can check out here. To summarize, you can't rule out the Steelers with a healthy Roethlisberger. Even more so since we saw that the team still remained competitive without him last season. Additionally, while everyone thinks the Baltimore Ravens will run away with the AFC North (and they might), that team remained the same while every other team in that division changed for the better, and I think it will look mighty different in 2020.
I will not fall for this trick.
If there will be Monday Night Football Week 1, ESPN has their announcers lined up.
The first game will be Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants and will feature Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, college football announcers. The second game of the double-header, Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos, will feature Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, and Brian Griese. (The tweet is a little unclear, but wanted to give credit to who had it first.)
It's unclear if this is their plan for the entirety of the season or just for now, but I am just happy we don't have to see Booger McFarland.