Steelers News: Vick, Roethlisberger, Bell


It’s Ravens Week! The Steelers will host the 0-3 Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night in an always heated divisional matchup. While they prepare to go on without Ben Roethlisberger we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, Sept. 29th.

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Confidence in Vick

No one is going to replace Ben Roethlisberger on the field for the Steelers. The coaches, players and fans all know that without question. But, Teresa Varley explains that the team has confidence in Mike Vick and are more than prepared to rally around him for as long as he’s under center.

"“We have to protect him. We have to make it as comfortable as possible, keep him as clean as possible and make it as smooth as possible so he can come in and put the ball in the right places, put people in the right position with the ball.” – Kelvin Beachum"

The Steelers’ offensive line will have their work cut out for them as Vick is left-handed and, while he’s a bit older than Roethlisberger, is still apt to take off and move around a lot more than Ben would.

Not as bad as it could have been

It’s still early, but the news that Ben Roethlisberger’s MRI revealed only and MCL sprain and not an injury to his ACL had the entire Steeler Nation breathing a sigh of relief, n’at. Roethlisberger has not only been healthy for quite some time he’s been playing lights out since last season.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains that it’s not in the Steelers’ style to panic and reminds us that the Steelers are 9-7 without Roethlisberger since 2004. Most notably the team was without him for the first four games of the 2010 season due to his suspension and went on to appear in Super Bowl XLV. So there’s that.

Bell’s ready for a heavy workload

With Roethlisberger sidelined the comfort can be found in the rest of the offensive weapons on the team. That includes running back Le’Veon Bell. Ralph N. Paulk of the Trib notes that Bell is prepared to take the bulk of the workload in Roethlisberger’s absence.

"“I understand with Ben down, it might be heading toward using the running game more. A lot of things evolve around Ben, but that’s something I’m prepared for. I’m ready for whatever they asked me to do. I’ve never felt like there was too much on my shoulders. I want to keep making plays. I want the ball.” – Le’Veon Bell"

Now the Steelers can’t make it too obvious that they’re going to go with Bell on the ground from here on out. The Ravens and every other team on the Steelers’ schedule from now till whenever Ben returns will be preparing their defense thinking if they stop Bell, they stop the Steelers.

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