The Steelers may be banged up but they’re still playing this time of year and that’s what Steeler Nation wants.
While the Steelers get their practice reps in before heading out to Denver 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, Jan. 14th.
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When the Steelers headed into the dorms of Saint Vincent College this summer the two running backs who will take the field in the playoffs weren’t there.
(Nicknamed “TNT”) were on the Steelers roster during training camp.
Yet here they are preparing to go into the divisional round of the playoffs for the Steelers. DeAngelo Williams remains out with an injured foot but the tandem is ready to do whatever they’re called upon to do. Last week against Cincinnati they combined for 123 yards on the ground.
How long of a leash with Peyton have?
Peyton Manning will start for the Denver Broncos against the Steelers for the first time since he was pulled from the lineup for “plantar fasciitis” or a crap-ton of interceptions, depending on how you look at it. Jeff Legwold of ESPN questions how long Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will leave Manning in the game if his interception tendencies return against the Steelers.
The Steelers aren’t alone in dealing with uncertainty at the quarterback position this week as Manning was named the starter for Denver after backup quarterback Brock Osweiler left the Broncos’ regular-season finale with a knee injury. Peyton’s leash might be determined more by Osweiler’s health than his turnovers.
Support for Landry
Since Ben Roethlisberger came back into Saturday night’s 18-16 win over Cincinnati with a separated shoulder after backup quarterback Landry Jones threw a potentially fatal interception to Vontaze Burfict in the final few minutes there isn’t a whole lot of good feelings about the possibility of Jones starting against the Broncos.
That being said, the Trib reports that Roethlisberger this week isn’t throwing footballs yet but is throwing his support to Jones. Roethlisberger is reminding him that he’s got to have a short memory about the interception and he needs to be comfortable running the offense.