Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.
Up until yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers had largely avoided the dreaded injury bug that seems to affect all teams at some point during the preseason. As the team wound down practice yesterday wide receiver Chase Claypool went down. Anyone that was there will tell you it didn’t look good initially especially as he was helped off the field by Eric Ebron and Ben Roethlisberger. Fortunately, we learned fairly soon after practice that the injury was “not thought to be serious.” Claypool himself tweeted this last evening.
All is well.
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) August 17, 2021
Early on there was some confusion over whether it was his knee or ankle that had suffered the injury. We now know this is an ankle injury. I suspect we will not see Claypool for the remainder of the preseason and whether he is ready for the season opener is yet to be determined. Ankle injuries are notoriously difficult to gauge. Is it a high ankle issue? Is it more towards the foot? All I can say at this point is that I’m glad this is happening now versus in the middle of the season when games would be missed for sure.
We had the entire band back together for a bit last night on the SCB Steelers Podcast presented by DEK Roofing. Ellie jumped on to talk about the Hall of Fame speech of her all-time favorite player Troy Polamalu. From there, we discussed the five cuts that were made on Tuesday… The trade for and impact of Joe Schobert… Stephon Tuitt’s contract restructure and what that could mean… The ongoing backup QB situation… Who we liked from the Eagles’ game… What were are looking for this week. We are proud to be part of The Pigskin Podcast Network!
Tweet of the Day… I know it’s eventually coming but the thought of a beautiful Steelers’ jersey being ruined by ads all over it disgusts me.
— Steel Dad (@SteelDad) August 17, 2021
Gordon reflects on the very first game in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers (they were the Pirates in 1933) as they hosted the New York Giants.
With Joe Schobert wearing the ‘green dot’ right now that would indicate he isn’t coming off the field very often and Devin Bush may be coming off more often than planned. This bears watching as the season unfolds… I’ve seen some people defending the play of Chuks Okorafor as “not as bad as people are making it out to be.” That’s totally fair but for me, I am concerned and I mean big-time concerned, about his lack of consistency. His balance is poor in pass protection because he often is too narrow in his base. He has to get that ironed out and he can… The perceived 2021 starting O-Line was together yesterday for the very first time… T.J. Watt continues to do only individual drills while skipping team events as he rolls on with what we’d call a “soft holdout.” Again, no one is blaming him but with each passing day I get more and more nervous… Big Ben had his best day of Camp yesterday. Let’s hope he builds on that and into the game on Saturday.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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