Steelers News: Pouncey surgery, thumbs up, Shark shines


The Steelers are back on the South Side facilities and preparing to face the Buffalo Bills. While the Steelers working on the remaining preseason games and impending roster cuts we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, August 25th.

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Pouncey has surgery

Bob Labriola reminds us that the scoreboard on Sunday showed that the Steelers achieved their first victory of the preseason but the reality is that the loss of Maurkice Pouncey to a lower leg injury has a greater impact on the team overall.

Now’s the time for the ever popular “Next Man Up” philosophy to play out and Labriola explains how Tomlin has instilled this since he arrived in Pittsburgh in 2007.

"“I don’t convince them, the guys who step up and play for the guys who go down convince them. There are some guys who have been around this football team since I’ve been there and heard me say that and have had tangible evidence of that. The more often that happens, the more they see guys are capable of stepping up and delivering and delivering big, it adds value to those words.” – Mike Tomlin"

Pouncey had surgery on his ankle on Monday and Tomlin is expected to address his situation in greater detail on Tuesday.

Thumbs up Bud

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler gives Bud Dupree a thumbs up for his performance in Sunday’s preseason win over the Green Bay Packers. Fowler explains that Dupree showed raw athleticism that led to a recorded sack and won a blocking matchup that allowed James Harrison to get free for a sack on Aaron Rodgers that resulted in a safety.

With the way James Harrison has come out in preseason it seems like the outside spots are going to have to be taken away from him and Arthur Moats by Jarvis Jones and Dupree. If either of them can get out of their heads a bit, they can keep the old guys on the sidelines for good.

Thomas shines

Shamarko Thomas hasn’t had a camp or start of the preseason worthy of writing home about. However, as The Trib’s Ralph N. Paulk points out, his play in Sunday’s game against Green Bay finally brought him out of obscurity.

Thomas totaled five tackles with one tackles for a loss and the more time he can spend on the field playing opposite of Michael Mitchell the better for the both of them in the long run. Thomas said that he and Mike are working together on getting on the same page.

"“Mike and I are on the same page. We tried to disguise more things, so we wouldn’t show our coverage.” – Shamarko Thomas"

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