The Steelers return home battered and bruised from an ugly loss in Miami only to have to face the Patriots this week.
While the team recovers and reloads for the next challenge we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Wednesday, Oct. 19th.
Back again for the first time
Remember Ladarius Green? Kind of rings a bell, doesn’t it? Well he’s eligible to take the practice field starting this week. Green began this season on the PUP List with an ankle injury.
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Bob Labriola has Tomlin’s remarks on the difference between being eligible to practice and actually being capable of practicing.
"“I haven’t met with our medical staff yet and made that determination whether he will be available to us this week. I know he is eligible for consideration at this point.” – Mike Tomlin"
If Green is available this week it could be more of a wasted weapon with Landry Jones at the helm but if he can play, then there’s no reason for him to sit out any longer. The team would have to make a roster move to include him on the active roster.
It’s looking rather meh at this point
This was not the matchup we were all looking forward to when the schedule came out. Watching Ben Roethlisberger and the offense rack up points while Tom Brady returned to the Patriots all pointed to this game being an offensive explosion.
Instead, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains, it’s just not the type of game we were looking for. Mike Tomlin’s comments in his Tuesday presser about this matchup were more about working to keep the score down and hoping that Jones doesn’t screw it up too badly. Yikes.
Saved by the Bell
Don’t forget that Pittsburgh was without Ben Roethlisberger for four games last season and still managed to make the playoffs. NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala says that leaning on running back Le’Veon Bell heavily could be the difference maker this Sunday.
She also talked to offensive guard Ramon Foster who reminds us that the Pats didn’t exactly play like they had a backup quarterback for their first three games of the season so it’s important to not alter the playbook too much.