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Terrible Towel Tales: Najee Harris expected to play vs. Patriots

Steelers news and commentary for Thursday, December 7

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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 Get Huge News Ahead of Patriots Game | Noah Strackbein, Sports Illustrated

The Pittsburgh Steelers get a massive boost for Week 14 as they take on the New England Patriots. Despite being listed as questionable with a knee injury, running back Najee Harris is expected to play, according to NFL Network’s Tom Peliserro.

Harris did not practice on the short week after popping up on the injury report with the knee issue. Head coach Mike Tomlin did not list him when discussing injuries coming out of Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals, but reports claim the injury occurred earlier in the year.

NFL Fans Crushed the Patriots Over Their Awkward Tweet About ‘TNF’ Game vs. Steelers | Andy Nesbitt, Sports Illustrated

The New England Patriots, to put it lightly, have had a rough season. The once-proud franchise that won six Super Bowls during the Tom Brady era, is 2–10 on the year, has lost five straight games, and has scored just one touchdown (and 13 combined points) in its last three outings.

That all makes what’s going to happen on Thursday night all the more brutal for NFL fans—New England will be taking on the Steelers in a Thursday Night Football game that feels like must-flee TV.

Can quarterback Mitch Trubisky come to the Steelers’ rescue again? | Brooke Pryor, ESPN

Trailing by two scores and facing third down from just outside the red zone in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss, Mitch Trubisky dropped back and rifled a pass toward tight end Connor Heyward, threading it between converging Arizona Cardinals defenders as the blitz bared down on the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

Heyward couldn’t corral the pass, and it hit the turf just a few inches to the right of the second-year player, who was steps away from the end zone when the ball arrived.

The pass, which traveled 23.9 air yards, had just a 28.3% probability to be completed, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. But the play — the incomplete pass notwithstanding — offered a glimpse into the kind of quarterback play the Steelers can expect from Trubisky as he prepares for his first uninterrupted stretch of multi-game starts since the start of the 2022 season. Quarterback Kenny Pickett is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks following TightRope surgery on a right high ankle sprain, ushering Trubisky back into the spotlight.