When the NFL scheduled the Pittsburgh Steelers to travel to play the New England Patriots in the regular season kickoff game, they expected a star-studded event with story lines running throughout. What they got was a mess which was Deflategate, suspensions to both teams' starting running backs and two No. 2 receivers who won't be in the lineup.
Now, not only will LeGarrette Blount, Le'Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant and Brandon LaFell be out of the lineup Thursday, it looks as if both starting centers will be out of the lineup as well. Maurkice Pouncey is out for at least half the season with an ankle injury, and now the Patriots' starting center, Bryan Stork, is looking as if he will miss the game Thursday as he tries to return from a concussion.
Stork missed the entire practice Tuesday, and has yet to be cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol. With the game being played on a Thursday night, Stork would have to be at least a limited participant in the Wednesday workout for him to play in the Week 1 matchup.
The only other player for the Patriots who was limited Tuesday was S Tavon Wilson (Quadricep), while RB Travaris Cadet (Hamstring) and DE Trey Flowers (Knee) were full participants in practice.
For the Steelers, only QB Landry Jones was held out of practice with a head injury.