Good Thursday to you Steelers fans.
In a somewhat twisted way, maybe Ben Roethlisberger getting dinged up was a good thing. Why would I utter such a statement? Because more often than not over his career he usually answers the bell quite successfully. Then we must consider his opponent is the Cincinnati Bengals which is a team he’s had a great deal of success against. This of course matters very little if the offensive line can’t block any better than they did Sunday against Las Vegas. To take that a step further, if they can’t find more running room than they have in the first two games as well then you can go ahead pencil yourself in for a long season. But… Good vibes only right now. T.J. Watt sounds like he will play and if the defense can force three interceptions off Joe Burrow the way Chicago did last week then we should be just fine. Getting Devin Bush and Joe Haden back would be nice too. We aren’t asking for much are we?
We return to the broadcast airwaves tonight to give you our breakdown of the Steelers’ loss to the Raiders and we look ahead to what may already be a ‘must-win’ game against the Bengals.
Tweet of the Day… If the Steelers don’t start playing better these guys will get a lot more attention and I wouldn’t blame them!
GOOD MORNING FROM PENGUINS TRAINING CAMP!!!
Can you tell I’m excited to be here?! It feels like the first day of school 😂 pic.twitter.com/aB6omDCjbe
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) September 23, 2021
From the Training Room
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Pectoral) – DNP
WR Diontae Johnson (Knee) – DNP
LB Alex Highsmith (Groin) – DNP
DE Carlos Davis (Knee) – DNP
TE Eric Ebron (Coaches Decision) – DNP
CB Joe Haden (Groin) – Limited
CB Justin Layne (Achilles) – Limited
LB T.J. Watt (Groin) – Limited
LB Devin Bush (Groin) – Full
WR Tee Higgins (Shoulder) – DNP
G Xavier Su’a-Filo (Knee) – DNP
DT Josh Tupou (NIR-Personal) – DNP
CB Trae Waynes (Hamstring) – DNP
DT Larry Ogunjobi (Groin) – Limited
CB Darius Phillips (NIR – Rest) – Limited
Injury Notes… Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t practice on Wednesdays regardless but he was out with his sore left pectoral injury… The good news here is that Bush was a full participant. The bad news is that Highsmith didn’t practice at all and Watt and Haden were limited. Today and tomorrow will give us a much better indication on who plays and who doesn’t.
Let’s Clear Something Up
With Big Ben’s injury has come the debate about who would play quarterback in his stead. There is no debate here people. Mason Rudolph would get the start. Dwayne Haskins would back him up. Haskins’ play in the final preseason game should have told you everything you needed to know. He still needs time to grasp the offense and work on his fundamentals.
I don’t know why I haven’t done this sooner, maybe I did years ago and because I’m old I forgot. Would any of you be interested in a weekly mailbag? Shoot me questions via email or twitter and I’ll answer them once a week.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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