Steelers News: Heyward, quarterbacks, contenders


The Steelers are flying high off of a home win over the Arizona Cardinals. While they prepare to hit the road and keep building momentum against the Kansas City Chiefs we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, Oct. 22nd.

The fight is over

Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward ended his fight with the NFL over his wearing personalized eye black to honor his late father. Heyward was facing fines of over $11K and met with the league on Tuesday to discuss a resolution.

He had previously consulted with former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Devon Still, who played several games last year with personalized eye black saying “Leah Strong” to honor his daughter who battled cancer and was never fined for those actions.

In the end Heyward came to a compromise with the league and announced late Tuesday night that he would no longer wear the eye black featuring “Iron Head” but will honor his father in different ways.

Two horse race

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The Steelers began practice on Wednesday to prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger

made his first return to practice since suffering an MCL injury and bone bruise in Week 3.

Mike Prisuta explains


Landry Jones

got the primary reps in practice while Roethlisberger was listed as limited participation.

Whether or not Roethlisberger gets the start on Sunday will all depend upon how his knee responds to the practice and how coach Tomlin wants to proceed. I can’t see the Steelers wanting to sit a healthy Ben Roethlisberger no matter how good Jones looked in a quarter and a half of football last week.

AFC Favorites

ESPN NFL Insider KC Joyner tells us why the Steelers should be considered as favorites to win the AFC. Even though three out of the five undefeated teams left after six weeks in the season are in the AFC Joyner explains that the Steelers stand out because of their quarterback in Roethlisberger as well as having the best running back/wide receiver duo with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

Joyner also describes the dependable and adaptable offensive line and a surprisingly improved defense as more reasons why the Steelers could be favorites. The final reason for putting the Steelers in such a lofty spot is the weaknesses in the other AFC powers like the Broncos’ offensive weakness, for example.

Next: Ben Roethlisberger's injury timeline

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