So, Im going to switch gears a bit here, because the preceding paragraph was a bit of a lie. Now, were the things I said in it true? Yes! Mason Rudolph is now the starter, and after trading Josh Dobbs, the Steelers have no backup on their roster. The lie is the implication that I give a shit about the Steelers football-related reasons for signing Colin Kaepernick. I dont! I dont give a shit if he makes the Steelers better or worse! He could hopscotch with Nessa on the sidelines each Sunday! He could break huddles to tweetcap Succession! I. Dont. Care. I just want them to sign him because I want to live in a world where hes a Pittsburgh Steeler. I want to listen to all the talk radio call-ins from Brookline to Butler threatening to boycott the team. I want to read what Pittsburgh Post-Gazette executive editor and human-sized tick bite Keith Burris has to say. I want to see certain Pittsburghers twist themselves into Primantis origami attempting to justify how they can root for Roofie Roethlisberger and not Colin Kaepernick. I want to feel the heat as all the Blue Lives Matter stickers and flags attached to bumpers on Route 28 and I-376 spontaneously combust. I live a quarter-mile from Heinz Field, and I want to stand on my roof and witness the Yinzer Apocalypse.
I want this offense to be good. I want Cams shoulder to never bother him again and his new and improve throwing motion to lead to the greatest season of his career and this Panthers offense just becomes a fantasy gold mine. Sadly, that doesnt seem to be whats happening. Cam does not look good and his shoulder is clearly still healing. Hes been wildly inconsistent with his passes and there seems to be an extra emphasis on him not running the football which really kinda takes away half of what makes him such a dominate fantasy force. The only reason that Cam isnt amongst the bottom tier is that I have to think things can and will get better. The Panthers face the Cardinals in Week 3; if Cam still looks like a shell of his former self after that, then its time to fully panic.
Ben Roethlisberger reportedly could need elbow surgery, depending on test results; decision expected soon
I dont ask for much. Some nice cooked food. Some nice clean drawers. Thats all I need. Im a simple man. But please, universe, just give me this. Pittsburgh needs it. And by Pittsburgh I mean Me. Just me.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to a rough start to the season. After struggling badly in a blowout loss to the New England Patriots in Week 1, they saw Ben Roethlisberger leave Sundays loss to the Seattle Seahawks with an injury to his right elbow, and its an issue that may force him to miss some time.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that Roethlisberger will receive an MRI for his elbow.
Roethlisberger did not return to the game after initially being ruled as questionable heading into halftime. On Monday morning, Adam Schefter reported that we will know if the Steelers quarterback will need elbow surgery by the end of today. Roethlisberger wants to avoid it at all costs, but ultimately its a decision that the doctors will have to make.
Roethlisberger was relieved by second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph, who went 12 of 19 for 112 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Pittsburghs 28-26 defeat.
I dont know what it is but Howard and Winston just do not seem to be reading the same book, let alone on the same page. Despite playing 92% of the snaps in Week 2, Howard didnt even see a target, while Cameron Brate was targeted twice in the 28% of snaps he played. Bruce Arians has gone on record saying Howard needs to be better, but Im not sure how much of it is Howards fault when the ball isnt even being thrown his way. If I have Howard, Im moving on from him right now.
During his postgame presser, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Roethlisbergers elbow will continue to be evaluated. Tomlin was also asked to discuss Rudolphs NFL debut.
Through two games, Wilson is 43-of-55 passing (78%) for 496 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. His second touchdown on Sunday, a 12-yard pass to Will Dissly in the third quarter, was the 200th passing touchdown of his career. Wilson became the fifth-fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach the milestone. Hes also the first player to ever throw for 200 touchdowns (201) and run for 15 touchdowns (16) in his first eight seasons.
“I like some of the things he displayed,” Tomlin said of Rudolph, via the teams official website. “His communication, his grit. But we gotta find a way to win a football game. We werent able to do that today.”
Tomlin added that the Steelers did not have to make any adjustments to their offensive game plan after Rudolph entered the game. Rudolph, who also spoke to reporters following Sundays game, said that the extra reps he receives on Wednesday — Big Bens standard rest day — helped prepare him for this opportunity.
“I think he played phenomenal,” Lockett said. “He did a lot of great things. He did whatever we needed to do to win. … Just to be able to see him put himself in a position where he allowed us to be successful in every single way. He knew when to check to certain things. He knew when to run certain plays.”
“You gotta be prepared for those situations whenever your number is called,” he said. “I thought I was ready. I had a really good feel for the age plan … I had a lot of reps this week, and I didnt feel like I was unprepared, by any means.”
Roethlisberger was just 8 of 15 for 75 yards in the first half. He appeared to injure his elbow on an attempted deep ball down the right sideline, and immediately grabbed it after the throw. He remained in the game for the rest of the first half, but did briefly visit the locker room.
Pittsburgh traded quarterback Josh Dobbs to the Jaguars for a sixth-round pick last week, and could be in the market for a new backup if Roethlisberger has to miss time and Rudolph has to start. The Steelers may also promote Devlin Hodges, an undrafted rookie who was added to the practice squad last week after he failed to make Pittsburghs initial 53-man roster.
Expect Tomlin to offer an update on Big Bens status for Pittsburghs upcoming game during his weekly Tuesday press conference. Pittsburgh will head to San Francisco next Sunday. The 49ers are 2-0 after their 41-17 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday.
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