Good Friday to you Steelers’ Fans.
This Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Tennessee Titans in preseason game number three. This has been used as the “rehearsal” game by many coaches including Mike Tomlin. This means that Ben Roethlisberger will see some action. Now if you paid any attention to preseason action last night then you saw Cam Newton leave his game with a sprained ankle. He departed the stadium in a walking boot and his status for week one of the regular season is now in question. As the Steelers plan to play Big Ben and the bulk of their starters for perhaps a half Sunday night can we all please cross our fingers that they stay healthy?
The Preseason Question
Newton’s injury has already ramped up sports talk radio discussion this morning about making severe changes to the NFL preseason. The product in and of itself is far below regular season games yet fans still pay high prices for it. That’s merely one part of the problem. I am of the opinion that the NFL has to go to two preseason games and then perhaps something like the Steelers do. They hold Family Fest at Heinz Field while the team practices. Perhaps that could serve all teams as a way to make up that lost revenue the owners will undoubtedly complain about. Either way the preseason has to change.
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The Double-Edged Sword
Can you be honest with yourself? I ask because here’s the dilemma faced by us as Steelers’ Fans. You are likely in one of two camps. Play Big Ben in the preseason or don’t play Big Ben in the preseason. If you don’t play him and he starts the regular season rusty will you be OK with that because at least he’s healthy? If he plays in the preseason and twists his ankle in a meaningless game are you willing to admit you needed to see him shake the rust off only for this to have happened? This is the double-edged sword scenario we face. There is no easy answer here either.
With Lavon Hooks on the waives/ injured list, the Steelers brought in yet another former Mid-American Conference linebacker in Jayrone Elliott. He has four career sacks in 30+ games with the Packers between 2014 and 2016. Honestly this is nothing more than signing to fill a roster spot. I’d be stunned to see Elliott around after August 31st. What Hooks’ loss does do is create the potential for the team keeping just five defensive linemen. We don’t think it will happen (they usually keep six) but this was something we discussed on the SCB Steelers Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh.
Have a great weekend Steeler Nation!
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