Ben Roethlisberger Not Panicked, Bell Hopes for Plea Deal, Steelers Youngsters
Are you ready for some Monday Night Football? Week 7 in the NFL has come and while the Steelers are preparing to face the Houston Texans at home on Monday night we’re busy looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, Oct. 16th.
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Ben’s not panicked; needs to play better
Ben Roethlisberger had his weekly spot on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday morning and part of his discussion included taking responsibility for the team’s red zone woes. He explained that the team needs to run the ball because they can, but also get into the end zone to be able to put teams away as well as get people off of the coaches’ backs.
"“We ran the ball and I know that should make the fans happy, because they and the media were asking for us to run it. But we still have to find a way to get it in the end zone. We as players need to play better. It’s our responsibility to play the best we can right now. I will take the blame that I’m not playing my best football and I need to. So if I play better football, then maybe people will get off the coaches’ back.” – Ben Roethlisberger"
Bell hoping for 1st offender’s deal
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell appeared in court on Wednesday morning and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on marijuana possession and DUI charges. Per Joe Mandak of the PPG, Bell waived his right for the hearing in hopes to enter a first-offender’s program that could have his charges dismissed after a probationary period. If Bell has a DUI conviction, he faces a mandatory 2-game suspension from the NFL, but if he enters this program and has a year of probation there might not be any punishment at all.
Bring on the youngsters
Ed Bouchette of the PPG tells us that while the Steelers won’t be making any sweeping changes this week to their playbook or rosters, there will be some noticeable changes to the roster come Monday night. First off, rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier is hoping to return to action this Monday after being sidelined with a knee injury. Second-round pick DE Stephon Tuitt could be making his first start with the injury to Steve McLendon. A couple other rookies in Martavis Bryant and Daniel McCullers could be suiting up for the first time this season as they have yet to be activated through the first six games. Bring ‘em all in! Couldn’t hurt.