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 Thursday, Aug. 25th.
Starters in action
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin chatted about the upcoming all-important third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Friday. Up until now starters like Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown had been spectators but Friday they’ll be in action.
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They’re not going to be getting a ton of action, and for good reason, but they’ll dress and play some snaps so they won’t be going completely cold against the Redskins in less than three weeks. I feel like them being healthy and untouched is more important but what do I know?
It’s gotta be the shoes
Cornerback Senquez Golson has had a rough couple of years so far but he’s more optimistic than resentful, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. His cleats could be the culprit in his Lisfranc injury that caused him to have surgery and put him in a walking boot.
Instead of blaming the older model Nike cleats for his injury he’s predicting an early return. He’s already had surgery and feels like he could be back some time in November. The Steelers haven’t put him on IR yet so they could designate him for return if they’re confident as well.
Pay the man
We all thought that the contract extension we’d hear of prior to the start of the season would be that of guard David DeCastro. The Trib’s Mark Kaboly says that the whole offensive line is behind DeCastro’s re-signing and their motto for the next few weeks will be “Pay the man.”
Pittsburgh has a self-imposed contract negotiation deadline at the start of the regular season which means they have less than three weeks to get DeCastro a new deal before he’s free to explore free agency after this season.
The fly in the ointment of what should have been a clear-cut contract extension has been the deal that the Oakland Raiders gave to guard Kelechi Osemele. The former second-round draft pick got a five-year $58.5 million deal with $25.4 million in guarantees. Osemele has yet to make a Pro Bowl.