Steel City Nightmare: Carolina falls apart Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Steel City Nightmare: Carolina falls apart Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Eric Reid ejected for hit on Ben Roethlisberger
After he was ejected from the Panthers 52-21 loss for a dirty hit on Ben Roethlisberger, Reid said after the game that the NFL had administered a random drug test to him for the fifth time since he rejoined the Panthers. The safety didnt seem very amused.

Reids response: “This is like the fifth time since Ive been here … Theyre not going to catch me on anything.”

That triggered a brief scrum, as Steelers guard David DeCastro came to his quarterback’s defense. Reid eventually went over and appeared to apologize to Roethlisberger.

Reid hasnt exactly been the NFLs favorite player since he rejoined the league on a one-year deal with the Panthers. He has continued to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality, openly feuded with Malcolm Jenkins and the Players Coalition and still has a grievance pending against the league.

One player even speculated that the cause of a weak safety market in free agency last offseason was due to teams trying to look like they werent colluding against Reid when he was a free agent. So, naturally, if Reid really is receiving the nuisance of a drug test many more times than the average players, he might have reason to think the system isnt on the level.

Safety Eric Reid was just ejected after hitting Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the head as he was sliding.

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So, to figure out the rough odds of Reid receiving this many drug tests during his short stint with the Panthers, we have to consider a few numbers.

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Eric Reid said he has received quite a few drug tests from the NFL. (AP Photo)MoreFirst, Reid joined the Panthers six weeks ago on Sept. 27. Second, NFL drug-testing policy dictates that 10 players from each team, supposedly chosen at random by a computer, are selected for drug-testing each week of the season. The pool of players that may be selected for testing include the 53 players on the Panthers active roster, the nine players they have on reserve and their 10 practice-squad players, adding up to 72 players.

With his team down 52-21 and under six minutes remaining, Love was shown sitting on the Panthers bench with his chin resting against his chest and looking asleep.

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Reid said he had been drug-tested five times since he joined the Panthers, but one of those would have been his mandatory annual test that is basically part of his physical. That would leave him with four tests that fall into that weekly category.

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Basically, were talking about the odds of a man hitting on roughly one-in-seven chances four different times over the course of six opportunities. Lets just say the odds of that are long enough that its hard to believe in coincidences.

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Conner was briefly examined in the sideline medical tent during the third quarter after taking a hit on a play. He later returned to the game before leaving for the locker room with the Steelers leading, 52-14, early in the fourth quarter.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Carolina Panthers are the latest professional sports team to honor the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner left in the fourth quarter of Thursdays 52-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night after suffering a concussion.

The team delivered flowers to the memorial outside of the Squirrel Hill synagogue Thursday morning according to a post on Twitter.

The second-year running back tallied 65 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries before exiting the game. Conner has 771 rushing yards and 10 TDs on the season.

With these flowers we extend our deepest sympathies to the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh. #StrongerThanHate pic.twitter.com/WNUdV4Knfa

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Carolina is in town to face the Steelers on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m.


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