Good Thursday to you Steelers fans.
There is nothing positive about landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and now the Pittsburgh Steelers have two players on said list. To be clear, being placed on the list does not necessarily mean you e tested positive. One can be placed on the list of he has been in close contact with a person or persons who have tested positive for the virus. Justin Layne, the second year cornerback from Michigan State, is the latest addition. He joins fellow DB Arrion Springs who went on the list July 27th. Where this gets really negative is that if two defensive backs have been placed on the list we can assume that they’ve probably had some proximity to other DBs. I do not want to jump to conclusions here but that seems like a fairly small jump to make doesn’t it? The Miami Marlins in baseball are currently Exhibit A in the fight against the pandemic. They went from two to seven to double digits over the course of 24-72 hours. This is exactly what I’m afraid of with the Steelers and the rest of the NFL.
Earlier this week the Steelers signed free agent running back Wendell Smallwood who played his college ball at West Virginia. If the name sounds familiar it’s because back in a 2016 rout of the Steelers, Smallwood ran for 79 yards and a score in the Eagles 34-3 win. The Philadelphia backfield became overcrowded in recent years and Smallwood was the odd man out. What his role could be with the Steelers is uncertain. The Pittsburgh backfield itself is becoming a bit tight and where this ends up is anyone’s guess.
Tweet of the Day… Monica puts it in perspective. We should all be enjoying Camp.
— Monica #HereWeGo ?? (@mlouden87) July 30, 2020
If you’re wondering just how serious some players are taking this pandemic and the decision to opt out then look no further than New York Giants’ offensive tackle Nate Solder. The former Patriot is a cancer survivor so that alone makes me understand why he would be hesitant to play. But then consider that Solder’s son is now battling cancer himself. It’s incredibly easy for all of us to judge these guys but then something like this comes along? Just because they are professional football players doesn’t mean they don’t struggle with the some type of life’s ups and downs that we do.
Check Out Our New Joe Haden Tee
Our friends at DC4L Custom Tees came up with this great new design honoring the words of Steelers’ CB Joe Haden. Earlier this week Haden commented on a Twitter post about the defense by simply saying “We Make Plays.” Well, here you go!
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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