The Steelers wrapped up their final practice before breaking for the bye week yesterday. You could say the bye couldn’t have come at a better time this season for the Steelers. At this a week off can stop the bleeding temporarily. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.
Steelers trade for Offensive Tackle Levi Brown
The Steelers picked up a player from the team playfully referred to sometimes as “Steelers West”, the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday when they acquired OT Levi Brown for a conditional draft pick. Brown started all four games so far for the Cardinals and was drafted 5th overall by Arizona in 2007 out of Penn State. The Steelers released CB Isaiah Green to make room on the roster for Brown. Clearly, the Steelers were looking to add some relief for the offensive line woes experienced so early this season. If Brown is a disappointment he’ll just add to the collection of early round draft picks on the line who aren’t playing up to their draft pedigree so that’s something.
Bye gives Steelers healing time
Scott Brown of ESPN thinks the bye week will be beneficial to heal the bumps and bruised the Steelers have incurred along the way of their four game slump to start the season. Thankfully, the pectoral strain Ramon Foster suffered against Minnesota won’t keep him from returning to play against the Jets next week. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Heath Miller all sat out of the 2-day practice week to give them extra healing time as well. The only Steeler not benefitting from the bye week to make a recovery in time to return for the Jets game will be WR Markus Wheaton, who broke his pinky finger against the Vikings and won’t be evaluated for return until his stitches are removed.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk penned another one of his gems yesterday when he suggested that since the Steelers will go into October winless and the Pittsburgh Pirates are officially playing postseason baseball, the Steelers face the unlikely position of being irrelevant in their own city. Where to begin? First of all, I don’t know where Florio gets the nerve to think he can turn a historically memorable night for the Pirates into a shot against the Steelers just to get clicks on his story. The whole idea that the entire city of Pittsburgh would turn on the Steelers in favor of the Pirates is ridiculous. Clearly, Florio doesn’t understand a thing about the city of Pittsburgh and its sports fans. There’s no one or the other for the majority. It’s almost not even worth explaining it to the obviously simple-minded Florio because when it all comes down to it, it’s a burgh thing and he wouldn’t understand anyway.