Steelers Thursday practice report filled with defenders

Eight total starters were on the Thursday practice report.

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Friday is going to be huge for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team will put out its game status report for this week’s showdown with the Buffalo Bills and we will have a better understanding of just how hobbled the Steelers defense will be.

On Thursday, six defensive starters and one key reserve were all either limited or did not participate. This is in addition to the continued absence of outside linebacker T.J. Watt.

Starting wide receiver Diontae Johnson and starting center Mason Cole were also limited on Thursday.

Here’s a full rundown of the Thursday practice report.

WR Diontae Johnson (Hip) – LP
CB Cameron Sutton (Groin/Hamstring) – LP
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (Hamstring) – DNP
CB Levi Wallace (Foot) – LP
S Terrell Edmunds (Concussion) – LP
S Minkah Fitzpatrick (Knee) – LP
OL Mason Cole (Foot) – LP
DL Chris Wormley (Ankle) – LP
DT Cameron Heyward (Ankle/Elbow) – LP

The Steelers are already 13.5-point underdogs and if they are down multiple starting defenders, two touchdowns might not be enough. Let us know in the comments below what players you think will miss the game.

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Seahawks Week 5 injury report: Rashaad Penny upgraded to full

Here is the team’s updated Week 5 injury report with Thursday’s participation.

The Seahawks may be catching a break in the injury department for the second week in a row. Yesterday, running back Rashaad Penny was one of five non-participants but he was upgraded to full today. Meanwhile, the Saints haven’t had either Jameis Winston or Michael Thomas at practice yet this week.

Here is the team’s updated Week 5 injury report with Thursday’s participation.

Player Injury Wed Thu Fri Status
RB Rashaad Penny Shoulder DNP Full
C Austin Blythe NIR-personal matter DNP Full
RG Gabe Jackson Knee/resting veteran DNP Limited
LB Darryl Johnson Ankle DNP DNP
DT Quinton Jefferson Elbow DNP Limited
CB Justin Coleman Calf Limited Limited
LG Damien Lewis Calf Limited Limited
WR Dareke Young Quadricep Limited DNP
WR Penny Hart Illness Full
G Phil Haynes Ankle Full Full
S Joey Blount Hamstring Full
DT Al Woods Resting veteran DNP
WR Marquise Goodwin Knee Limited
RB Ken Walker Shoulder Limited

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Seahawks work out 4 more free agent linebackers

The Seattle Seahawks have linebacker problems.

The Seattle Seahawks have linebacker problems, to put it mildly. Starting inside linebackers Cody Barton and Jordyn Brooks have both struggled so far this season and Seattle can’t seem to find what they’re looking for in regard to backups. As for the OLB rotation, Uchenna Nwosu is thriving and we named him our first-quarter defensive MVP, but nobody else is stepping up. On Thursday they brought in yet another group of free agents at this position for work outs. As of yet none of them have been reported to be signing.

Here’s a quick list of who they brought in.

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ESPN analyst throws shade at Steelers RB Najee Harris

Is Najee Harris a special back?

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As a rookie in 2021, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris rushed for 1,200 yards. This was good enough for fourth in the league. It wasn’t a pretty 1,200 yards or flashy. Harris needed all of his almost league-leading 307 carries to get it.

This season, Harris is off to a very slow start with only 202 rushing yards on 58 carries in four games. This slow start, along with last season’s output prompted ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL player Bart Scott to take a shot at Harris and even compared him to Giants running back Saquon Barkley.

“He’s not Saquon Barkley,” Scott said. “I don’t see special when I see him.”

I know this will enrage a lot of fans but he’s not wrong. Last season Harris had six carries of 20 yards or more. To compare, six running backs and two quarterbacks had more in 2021. Harris is never going to be an explosive game-breaking back. He’s a thumper and that’s ok.

It feels like Harris isn’t the type of back you can build an offense around like Barkley or even Derrick Henry. He’s incredibly physically gifted but he isn’t incredibly talented. Until his skills catch up to his physical tools, he’s doing to be a guy who compiles stats in chunks but won’t be a player who can take over a game.

Let us know in the comments what you think of Scott’s comments.

Denver Broncos 2022 Schedule

The Broncos have 13 more games on deck!

(Broncos Wire)After a disappointing loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, the Denver Broncos will have an opportunity to bounce back quickly when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football in Week 5.

Here’s a look at the team’s complete schedule.

Denver Broncos 2022 Schedule

Week Date TV Opponent Time (MT)
1 Sept. 12 ESPN/ABC (MNF) @ Seahawks 6:15 p.m. Tickets
2 Sept. 18 CBS vs. Texans 2:25 p.m. Tickets
3 Sept. 25 NBC (SNF) vs. 49ers 6:20 p.m. Tickets
4 Oct. 2 CBS @ Raiders 2:25 p.m. Tickets
5 Oct. 6 Prime Video (TNF) vs. Colts 6:15 p.m. Tickets
6 Oct. 17 ESPN (MNF) @ Chargers 6:15 p.m. Tickets
7 Oct. 23 CBS vs.  Jets 2:05 p.m. Tickets
8 Oct. 30 ESPN+ (London) @ Jaguars 7:30 a.m. Tickets
9 Nov. 6 Bye Week
10 Nov. 13 CBS @ Titans 11:00 a.m. Tickets
11 Nov. 20 Fox vs. Raiders 2:05 p.m. Tickets
12 Nov. 27 Fox vs. Panthers 11:00 a.m. Tickets
13 Dec. 4 CBS vs. Ravens 11:00 a.m. Tickets
14 Dec. 11 NBC (SNF) vs. Chiefs 6:20 p.m. Tickets
15 Dec. 18 Fox vs. Cardinals 2:05 p.m. Tickets
16 Dec. 25 CBS (Christmas Day) @  Rams 2:30 p.m. Tickets
17 Jan. 1 CBS @ Chiefs 11:00 a.m. Tickets
18 Jan. 8 TBD vs. Chargers TBD Tickets

The Broncos will be looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 this season with new quarterback Russell Wilson leading the charge.

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Breaking down the Steelers picks in the new Draft Wire mock draft

Does this mock draft hit for the Steelers?

Our friends over at Draft Wire have a new 2023 NFL mock draft up and we gave it a look to see how they did for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have some definite needs on both sides of the football and for a team rebuilding, these two picks will be huge for the future.

In the first round, Draft Wire has the Steelers taking Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. with the No. 12 overall pick. Johnson is an impressive physical specimen and if he can be an every-down left tackle would make a lot of sense for the Steelers. Chuks Okorafor is improving on the right side by Dan Moore isn’t doing the same on the left.

Moving to the second round, Draft Wire has the Steelers drafting massive Baylor nose tackle Siaki Ika. Ika is a 360-pound earth mover who can anchor the middle of any defensive line.

Overall, this draft would be a huge hit for Pittsburgh. Unless Moore turns it around over the rest of the season the Steelers are sure to bring in some competition. I’m not 100 percent sold on Johnson as a franchise left tackle but there is still a lot of football left to play.

Would I change anything? Probably not but one name to keep in mind. Clemson linebacker Trenton Simpson. If you were like me and screaming for the Steelers to draft Micah Parsons, you will want Pittsburgh to consider Simpson. He’s hyper-athletic and can play any linebacker position including being an exceptional edge rusher. If the Steelers took him over Johnson in the first round, I would be very happy.

Let us know in the comments what you think of this mock draft and what would you change.

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Steelers vs Bills: Ranking the most important players this week

These are the players to watch this week for the Steelers.

Despite being a huge underdog this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers are more than capable of beating the Buffalo Bills. They proved it last season when they went into Buffalo and beat the Bills 23-16 on the opening weekend. But if they are going to pull off the huge upset, like they did this season against the Cincinnati Bengals, here are the most important guys on the team to get that done.

Seahawks have 4 of the top 20 fastest ball carrier plays this season

Seattle has some of the fastest skill players in the league and that’s reflected on this list from Next Gen Stats.

Speed is the name of the game for the 2022 Seattle Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll called this the fastest team he’s ever had heading into the season and it turns out that wasn’t hyperbole. Seattle has some of the fastest skill players in the league and that’s reflected on this list from Next Gen Stats.

Of the top 20 fastest ball carrier plays so far this season (four weeks), the Seahawks have accounted for four of them – with rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen taking up two spots. Here is the complete list.

3 Steelers starters miss Wednesday practice

The Steelers secondary is very banged up right now.

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When the Pittsburgh Steelers took the field on Wednesday, three of the team’s four starters in the defensive secondary were out. Safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds along with cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon all missed practice with a variety of ailments.

In addition, the team’s other starting cornerback, Cameron Sutton and third cornerback Levi Wallace were both limited. In addition, defensive linemen Cam Heyward and Chris Wormley were both limited.

The Steelers defense cannot afford to lose any more players but things aren’t looking great for this week’s game. Head coach Mike Tomlin has already said Witherspoon will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury but we will be anxious to see what Thursday’s participation report looks like to see how many of these players are back. Tomlin has always said your ability to practice will determine your availability to play.

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Steelers WR Steven Sims says he’s returning kicks on Sunday

The Steelers are making a switch in the return game.

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When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed wide receiver Gunner Olszewski, the plan was to solidify the return game. Ray-Ray McCloud was moving on and there was a need. But after multiple fumbles, head coach Mike Tomlin has decided to make a change.

According to wide receiver Steven Sims, he will be handling the return duties on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills instead of Olszewski. Sims looked good in the preseason but has been inactive for all games this season. Sims is from the University of Kansas and has been in the league since 2019. For his career, he has 61 receptions and should have an impact as the team’s fourth wide receiver as well. Activating Sims likely means Olszewski will be inactive on Sunday to make room on the gameday roster.