Steelers News: Shazier, Super play, officials


The Steelers have a quick turnaround from their Monday Night Football victory over the San Diego Chargers to prepare for the Arizona Cardinals to come to town. While the team turns their sights towards game-planning against Bruce Arians we’ll be looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, Oct. 17th.

Shazier out again

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday with a nagging shoulder/neck injury he suffered in Week 2. It will be his eleventh missed game out of 22 since being drafted by the Steelers. He never missed a game in his entire career at Ohio State.

There must be something going on that is not being let out to the public because Shazier has practiced for the last two weeks but is still not being determined as healthy enough to play. One look at Shazier’s Twitter feed will show just how frustrated he is with not being able to play.

What a play

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and linebacker James Harrison came together to break down Harrison’s amazing 100-yard touchdown interception return from Super Bowl XLIII. Sunday’s game will be a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII where the Steelers beat the Cardinals 27-23.  

Todd Haley was the offensive coordinator for the Cardinals for that game and is still haunted by the play but is glad to be on the right team now.

Official suspended

It’s taken a few seasons of some horrible calls by NFL officials for the league to finally show some transparency in their discipline process for referees. Mike Florio of PFT explains that the league has suspended side judge Rob Vernatchi for making the mistake of not noticing 18 seconds ticking off of the game clock on Monday night’s Steelers win over the Chargers.

The other members of the officiating crew from that game will have their grades for the week adjusted downward. The officials are graded on their calls and are eligible to call postseason games based on those grades. With the league so eager to let out drug test results and even Wonderlic scores it’s a wonder what took them so long to drop the hammer on officials too.

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