Steelers News: Shazier, Steeler Nation, implications


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 Friday, Oct. 23rd.

Back on the field

Ryan Shazier was happy to be back on the practice field as a full participant this week after spending the last four weeks on the sidelines for game day. Teresa Varley tells us that all signs point to a Shazier return this Sunday against the Chiefs and no one is happier than Ryan himself.

"“It was coach’s decision. He didn’t feel like I was ready. I know that he is going to do what is best for the team so I am down for whatever he says.” – Ryan Shazier"

Shazier will return likely wearing some type of neck protection on the field since his injury.

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Welcome to Arrowhead

We’ve gotten to St. Louis and San Diego and now it’s time for Steeler Nation to infiltrate one of the NFL’s most notoriously raucous and loud outdoor venues on Sunday when the Steelers take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. ESPN’s Adam Teicher has Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid’s comments to welcome Steeler Nation to his stadium.

"“We look forward to playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. We know they’re a good football team and we’ll welcome them into Arrowhead here.”  – Andy Reid"

The 1-5 Chiefs saw a lot of visiting fans in their stadium for their last home game against the Chicago Bears.  The best way to find out how many Steelers fans are in attendance in a visiting stadium is when Heath Miller gets his first reception and you hear the crowd yell, “Heeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaath!”

Playoff implications

While it seems like some of the national guys are ready to write in the Steelers into the top of the AFC the local guys are a bit more pragmatic about it. The PPG’s Ray Fittipaldo reminds us how some are overlooking this Sunday’s game as if it’s ok not to rush Ben Roethlisberger back for it because it wouldn’t be a big deal to lose it.

The reality is this game is pretty important. The Steelers need an AFC win to stay within the hunt of at least one of the Wild Card spots considering both of their losses were to AFC teams. Besides that, the Steelers have the toughest schedule the second-half of the season of all the teams who could be competing with them for a playoff spot including the Chargers, Jets and Bills.

All this points to the Steelers needing to put their best team on the field against Kansas City meaning if Ben Roethlisberger is healthy he should play. There’s no reason to save him for later because later is not guaranteed.

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