Good Friday to you Steelers fans.
There was a very pleasant surprise announced yesterday and whether or not it comes all the way to fruition won’t be known until Sunday. While the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that James Washington was taken off the Covid List, it was also announced that JuJu Smith-Schuster was now practicing with the team. They have 21 days to activate him or he stays on the IR list permanently. “If we lose it doesn’t matter.” That’s correct. The bigger question is whether or not he’s in any position to play on Sunday night. Mike Tomlin didn’t rule it out and Diontae Johnson thought he looked ready to go. In other words, JJSS is a possibility for the game although I must admit, I don’t think he’ll be activated. Should they win? Then yes, I think it happens. Either way it’s just good to hear some positive news regarding JuJu. Don’t forget, he’s a free agent at season’s end so we may have already seen the last of him.
We had a great show last night for episode 251 of the SCB Steelers Podcast presented by DEK Roofing Inc. Former Steelers PR Man Ryan Scarpino joined us for his take on the Steelers. We discussed the crazy Sunday that saw the Steelers make the playoffs and we looked ahead to the matchup in Kansas City against the Chiefs. Watch or listen!
Tweet of the Day… No offense to Strahan because he was a great player but this should have never counted. Never, ever, ever. It’s like a pitcher just turning and throwing a ball over the fence to give a guy a record home run.
Instead of adding to TJs total let's just subtract from Strahan's https://t.co/CmZS1Tl3AI
— 5️⃣⭐ (@5StarMatchup) January 14, 2022
From the Training Room
RB Najee Harris (Elbow) – DNP
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Pectoral/Right Shoulder) – Full
DB Arthur Maulet (Concussion) – Limited
T Dan Moore Jr. (Ankle) – Full
G Trai Turner (Knee) – DNP
RB Darrel Williams (Toe) – Limited
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Shoulder) – DNP
T Orlando Brown (Calf) – Full
LB Willie Gay (Wrist) – Full
WR Tyreek Hill (Heel) – Limited
TE Travis Kelce (Hip) – Full
S Tyrann Mathieu (Knee) – Full
CB L’Jarius Sneed (Knee) – Full
OL Andrew Wylie (Glute) – Full
Injury Notes: Najee Harris HAS TO PRACTICE today or he won’t be playing Sunday. That’s been a long-standing position for Mike Tomlin unless he chooses to go in a different direction in this case. Needless to say if Harris can’t go we are in serious trouble… Dan Moore is trending towards returning. We’ll see after today… I’m guessing we won’t see Edwards-Helaire this weekend…
A Tomlin Negative
There’s one thing that Mike Tomlin will never be able to escape about his coaching career and it has to do with running back depth. The lack of an adequate reserve running back has cost the Steelers so many times during his tenure that I can’t recall. For every DeAngleo Williams there were several “who in the hell is that’s?” If Najee Harris can’t play Sunday we will be right back in this situation. No offense to Benny Snell or Kalen Ballage but they aren’t in Najee’s stratosphere at all.
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