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Terrible Towel Tales: Steelers may miss out on playing Deshaun Watson

Steelers news and commentary for Tuesday, October 24

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Steelers Could Avoid Browns QB | Noah Strackbein, Sports Illustrated

The Pittsburgh Steelers could avoid playing Deshaun Watson a second time this season as the Cleveland Browns quarterback may end up on Injured Reserve due to a shoulder injury.

Watson missed Weeks 5 and 6 for the Browns due to the shoulder injury. He then returned in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts, but left in the first quarter after being sacked. He was evaluated for a concussion because of the hit, but was cleared. Still, he remained sidelined, which head coach Kevin Stefanski said was due to being cautious about the situation.

Analyst: Steelers Make Playoffs If Kenny Pickett Does This | Noah Strackbein, Sports Illustrated

Good Morning Football host Kyle Brandt believes if Pickett could add to his spark at the end of games, he’ll lead the Steelers to the playoffs. All he needs are two touchdown drives per game.

“The offense sucks and sucks and it’s tedious, and then all of a sudden – ‘Damn Kenny where has that been!’ But what if that was on the first drive of the game and the last drive of the game?” Brandt said. “I’m not saying you gotta be four-quarters of All-Pro. But can we get two really good drives, we are surviving on bread and water with just one. I don’t need you to throw for 500 yards. Just two great touchdown drives and we can cook with this defense. Two drives Kenny, and we’ll see you in the playoffs.”

The Steelers are (somehow) 4-2 after another rock fight. But is this sustainable? | Mike DeFabo, The Athletic

See, what happened at SoFi Stadium is exactly what the Steelers have been doing week-in and week-out to, somehow, sit at 4-2.

It’s the same script over and over. For huge portions of games, the offense is so painful to watch that fans are either chanting for the offensive coordinator to be fired — which has happened at two Steelers home games and one Penguins hockey game — or screaming into the void on social media. The defense struggles to defend high-level receivers and any team committed to running the ball. Kenny Pickett makes you wonder if he can be the guy. A rushing attack that led the way in the second half of last season goes completely MIA.