Antonio Brown attributes Ben Roethlisberger; Seahawk injuries; Myles Garrett Halloween Gravestone Decorations – .

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Antonio Brown attributes Ben Roethlisberger; Seahawk injuries; Myles Garrett Halloween Gravestone Decorations – .


Friday’s “First Call” has a Pittsburgh Steelers story you thought you’d never see: Antonio Brown giving Ben Roethlisberger credit. Myles Garrett is enjoying Halloween. Cameron Heyward continues to improve. And the Seahawks have injury issues beyond their running back and Russell Wilson.


Mr. big numbers

Antonio Brown spoke on Wednesday of reaching 900 career catches, a feat he pulled off last weekend. No NFL player has come up with that number faster. Brown is at 915 for his career after Thursday night’s game – 837 of them have come in nine seasons with Pittsburgh.

Mr. Big Chest actually recognized Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for helping him get there. It’s a stunner based on how their relationship fell apart at the end of the 2018 season.

“It’s something I’m really thankful for,” Brown said of reaching the 900 catches. “But I couldn’t do it myself. I’ve been able to play with great quarterbacks – Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady – in some places where I’ve played with guys like that (I’m) able to get the ball out and be on that trajectory.

Brown and Roethlisberger have connected for six straight seasons of over 100 receptions and over 1,000 yards and at least eight touchdown receptions.

The AB also got a touchdown from Tom Brady on Thursday night in the Bucs’ 28-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brown finished with 93 yards on nine receptions and one touchdown.


Can Carson?

The availability of Seahawks running back Chris Carson remains uncertain for Sunday’s game against the Steelers. He missed last week’s game against the Rams with a neck injury. He also did not train on Thursday. Former Baltimore Raven Alex Collins (15 races for 47 yards against the Rams) will start if Carson is scratched.

Also notably, star receiver DK Metcalf missed practice with a foot problem after being limited on Wednesday. Linebacker Bobby Wagner (knee) and guard Damien Lewis (illness) returned to training on a limited basis. Both missed practice on Wednesday.

Starting quarterback Russell Wilson remains on the injury report and has been listed as a limited participant. But after needing surgery on a finger on his throwing hand, Wilson is expected to miss at least four weeks. ProFootballTalk.com reports that he only threw with his left hand and did other cardio work.

Former West Virginia mountaineer Geno Smith will start at Heinz Field in place of Wilson, his first start since 2017 with the Giants. He has 31 starts in his career.


That paints the picture

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett gets creative for Halloween. Photos have surfaced of Garrett’s fully decorated lawn. They feature the names of quarterbacks he has faced, or will face, in the 2021 NFL season.

Before asking, no. There is no Mason Rudolph gravestone. Maybe after Garrett nearly slashed Rudolph’s skull open with his own helmet, even Garrett was aware the footage would have struck a bit too close to home.

Well, unless Rudolph gets his own gravestone in the garden. I do not exclude this.


Better and better every day

ESPN has published a list of the most improved players for each NFL team over the course of five games.

The entry for the Steelers may surprise you. It was defensive lineman Cameron Heyward.

So how did a double All-Pro and a Pro Bowler last year “improve the most” for a team? Here’s what ESPN.com’s Brooke Pryor wrote:

“Playing like a man on a mission, Heyward was the anchor of a Steelers defensive front that suffered a series of injuries. In five games, the 11-year veteran is Pro Football Focus’s highest-ranked inside defender, overtaking Aaron Donald and Jonathan Allen. As a unit, the Steelers’ pass rush hasn’t been able to get as much pressure as in previous seasons, but Heyward is still a force with 14 solo tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.

Fair enough. Here is the biggest problem for the Steelers. I can’t think of another candidate.

Two former Steelers made the list. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is the candidate for the Buffalo Bills. Defensive lineman Javon Hargrave got the nod for the Philadelphia Eagles.

p style = »font-style: italic; »> Tim Benz is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication, unless otherwise specified.



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