Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers had a mixed reaction to the team's decision to draft Artie Burns in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and what has been more frustrating has been Burns' inability to stay healthy this preseason. Due to a nagging quadriceps injury, Burns has yet to step onto the field wearing the black and gold uniform in preseason action.
That all could change this week as the top pick practiced this week for the first time in several weeks.
"It was a big day for Artie Burns," Mike Tomlin said in his press conference leading up to the game Friday night. "Got good, significant work from him today at practice. Hopefully there is no negative consequence of that work and he can continue to move forward."
As fans keep their fingers crossed on seeing Burns for the first time at the professional level, he won't be the only player worth watching on Friday night in New Orleans. According to Tomlin, "Everyone that is healthy will be available to play. We'll sort out the amount of playing time as we get closer to game time. We have had a lot of guys work their way back in different forms and fashions this week."
Those "healthy" players will be Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams. However, as the team looks forward to getting some huge offensive weapons on the field for the first time in this 2016 season, there are several who "probably" won't play, per Tomlin. Players like Bud Dupree (groin), Cody Wallace (knee), Jerald Hawkins (shoulder) and Roosevelt Nix will most likely not play.
The Steelers and Saints will face off against the Saints in New Orleans on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. EDT