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Steelers Morning Huddle 8/16/2013

Some dude named Brady hurt his knee the other day at practice in New England and the sports media-world damned near exploded but holy hell what happened Thursday at Steelers Training Camp?!  “Injured Running Backs” is not really the type of headline Steelers fans want to see right now.  Apparently Thursday’s practice was brutal for the running back corps.  Here’s the rundown of the damage along with what else is being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.

Redman and Bell suffer injuries in practice

Gasp!  What the hell happened out there?  According to Coach Tomlin following Thursday’s afternoon practice, Isaac Redman left early due to sustaining a stinger courtesy of LB Larry Foote.  Le’Veon Bell, whose preseason debut is anxiously being awaited after he was held out of the Giants game with knee soreness apparently, re-aggravated the injury today as well.  I don’t know about you, but I’m worried.  After being told how “minor” his knee injury was for the Giants game and how it was purely precautionary to hold him out of the game it’s tough to hear that he’s at a point now where his status has to be evaluated.  I’ve heard the PPG’s Ed Bouchette comment that the Steelers “don’t get it done” this year without Bell.  Now “getting it done” could mean anything from finishing above the 8-8 disappointment last season was to winning the Super Bowl.  Either way, I’m wishing Bell a speedy recovery and the same to Redman.  As Dom pointed out yesterday, this opens the door for Jonathan Dwyer to earn some more playing time Monday night in Washington, although Tomlin has yet to announce how long the starters will remain in the game.

Ben and Todd are apparently bros now

Everyone’s favorite reporter, Jason La Canfora was at Steelers training camp this week weaseling himself into quotes and rumors that he can crap into a story.  Obviously, always wanting to report on rumors and story-lines rather than actual facts and events, La Canfora had to comment on the ever-growing relationship between Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.  La Canfora reported that, “according to a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization” Ben and Todd enjoyed some brews together in the dorms while watching “Shark Week”.  Sweet, now they’re bros.  Now I can sleep through the night because I had been tossing and turning since Ben failed to call Todd last summer after Haley was named as the new OC.  If I never hear about Ben and Todd and their “relationship” again, I’ll be a happy Kimmy.

Seven Steelers needing a good game in Washington

Behind The Steel Curtain gives us seven names of Steelers players in camp you might consider on the bubble to make the roster.  The second preseason game is typically a game in which the starters might play a little longer but some players that are on the cusp of making the first roster cut might see some more playing time to aid in the evaluation of them.  Here’s their list of who needs to shine Monday night, see if you agree.

  1. DE Nick Williams
  2. CB Terry Hawthorne
  3. LT Joe Long
  4. NT Alameda Ta’amu
  5. RB Jonathan Dwyer
  6. ILB Stevenson Sylvester
  7. WR David Gilreath

What are your thoughts, Steeler Nation?  How worried are you about the running back injuries?  How stoked are you to know that Ben and Todd are bros?  Who else do you think is on the bubble for the Monday night game?

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  • Milliken Steeler

    Gm Kim. Here is my humble opinion on the your list of seven,

    Nick is considered to be a project and although I have heard nothing bad about him, I think he is a PS lock. I’m concerned he might get plucked off of their however, I don’t think he is ready for the 53. On a side note, I think Mr Arnfeldt is becoming a PS lock/borderline 53 contender. I know after last weeks performance, they are going to be watching him more.

    The Black Cat Mr. Hawthorne. I believe he has the size, hands and skill set to make the 53. His upside is tremendous and Carnell likes what he can do. With three pre season games left, I think he proves himself and we need a future gifted DB to go along with the injured Allen.

    I’m not sure on Joe Long yet. We need depth and have had some injuries so Im going to say yes, he needs to shine if given the opportunity this game.

    Alemeda isn’t going anywhere. lol He is a man child. He has improved and has shown the ability to man handle people, He is better than Fang and his 3rd string ranking is strictly a motivator trust me. He is a roster lock unless all of a sudden he falls off. He has obviously worked on his game and his body.

    Dwyer will shine will first team carries. What just happened to Bell and Redman is another reason you don’t rush to get rid off him. You don’t want LSH in there full time as he’ll get hurt and Batch should be the odd man out.
    Dwyer makes the team.

    I honestly thought Syl was done as in stick a fork in him. He has impressed even though we have some real talent at inside linebacker with Mcfadden, Williams and company. He needs to keep showing something but because of his experience and improvement, he’ll probably stick.

    Gilreath is going to get my stick a fork in him award. Not only because of the two gaffes in the first game but also….Justin Brown. Justin is going to be that fifth receiver and there is talent behind him (Woods,Moye) He also has a good amount of experience on special teams returning punts in college even though the Steelers haven’t tried him there yet. It’s tie for Gilreath to move on.