The Steelers are halfway through the preseason so that means we’re that much closer to the real action.
While the Steelers get back to work on the rest of the preseason we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Monday, Aug. 22nd.
Ankle’s not ready yet
Steelers tight end Ladarius Green spoke to Mike Prisuta about the real reason why he is still not available to play. He contends that his ankle is still week but is improving. He’s confident that he’ll be out on the field sooner rather than later.
"“Why wouldn’t I be confident about that? I’m very optimistic about it. I’m ready for it. I’m still training for it. I’m out there every day rehabbing for it. It’s still weak. It’s getting a lot better, though.” – Ladarius Green"
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Green attempted to put to rest any speculation that he may be suffering from lingering symptoms stemming from concussions he suffered last season in San Diego.
"“I had some, but I don’t think it’s bad. I’m still on P.U.P because of my ankle. I’ve been still rehabbing on my ankle, so I haven’t been dealing with anything else but that.” – Ladarius Green"
So it’s the ankle. Guess that settles that.
Meanwhile, in Le’Veonland
So things have been kind of interesting since we all realized that when the rumor of Le’Veon Bell possibly missing games this season due to a suspension for missed drug tests wasn’t actually a rumor at all. The matter has been settled by the NFL and NFLPA, literally, with a reduction from four to three games.
Bell took to social media on Friday in a now deleted post to address fans and critics in a half-assed apology listing all the tests he missed and basically showing how he really had no legit reason to miss them. Surely someone with the Steelers told him to delete it because it made him look awful dumb.
He addressed the media following Saturday’s practice with a more appropriate submission of an apology.
"“I already apologized to my teammates, my coaches and Steeler Nation. I’m sincerely sorry about everything I put everybody though. It’s been frustrating, and I own up to everything. It’s all my fault, and I can’t blame nobody else for that.” – Le’Veon Bell"
You either take him at that and move on from it or you hold onto anger and don’t cheer whenever he scores a touchdown this season. Your choice.
Meanwhile, he’s still doing the rap thing. So that’s something.
Gonna need another quarterback
The Steelers signed another quarterback this weekend. After a four interception night by Landry Jones in the 17-0 preseason loss to the Eagles many fans overlooked that the other backup quarterback, Dustin Vaughan, suffered a fractured bone in his throwing hand as well.
Saturday the team announced the signing of quarterback Bryn Renner, who was an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina in 2014 and has been on a few practice squads since then including the Baltimore Ravens.
Renner will likely get a chance to play on Friday night when the Steelers travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. Bruce Gradkowski is also sidelined with a hamstring injury.