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Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown Questionable for Super Bowl LV

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown is listed as questionable for Super Bowl LV with a knee injury.

Brown was limited in practice Wednesday, but was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. The knee injury forced Brown to miss Tampa Bay’s NFL Championship game win over the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago.

The four-time All-Pro has caught 45 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns this season. Brown has not made much of an impact this post season, posting just three receptions for 59 yards and a score.

Tampa Bay tight end Cameron Brate is also listed as questionable for Sunday’s big game. He did not practice Friday after seeing limited action on Thursday.

As for the Kansas City Chiefs, they will be without left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) and linebacker Willie Gay (knee). Both announcements confirm the expected, as each injury was likely season-ending, even though neither was placed on injured reserve.

The loss of Fisher is a massive blow to the Chief offense, opposing a Bucs defense that recorded the fourth-most sacks in football this season. They have seven sacks this postseason.

Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is questionable to play in the Super Bowl. He has battled the calf injury all season, and has not played since Kansas City’s Week 16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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Ryan Switzer Asks for Prayers for COVID-19 Positive Son

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Former Steelers receiver Ryan Switzer asked for prayers for his 9-month-old son Christian Saturday morning. Switzer’s son has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

In Switzer’s tweet, he asked everyone to say a prayer for the little guy. Thousands of fans have interacted with the tweet, with many voicing their prayers and well wishes.

The 26-year-old receiver signed a 1-year deal with the Cleveland Browns in January after spending time on their practice squad last season. Switzer was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He then spent both 2018 and 2019 in Pittsburgh before being released by the Steelers before the 2020 season.

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NFL Considering Making Roughing the Passer Reviewable

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The NFL is considering making roughing the passer calls subject to replay review, according to NFL.com’s Judy Battista.

Battista reports that owners are expected to vote on the potential rule change at the annual league meetings later this month.

There is no denying that roughing the passer calls have become increasingly questionable over recent years, as the league continues to emphasize the protection of its most valuable assets – the quarterbacks.

Still, the concept does conjure painful memories of 2019, when the league tried reviewing pass interference calls. The experiment proved to be an unmitigated disaster, and was scrapped after a single season.

While the new role could remedy some of the infuriating calls the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been levied with in recent year, the chance could also open up an unintended can of worms.

Reviewing roughing the passer calls is not the only potential rule change the owner will reportedly consider.

According to Battista, owners will also discuss switching overtime back to sudden death, creating an alternative to the onside kick and voting on a rule reportedly proposed by the Buffalo Bills to delay coaching and general manager interviews until the conference championship round.

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NFL Insider John Clayton Predicts Steelers Could Cut Joe Haden, Vince Williams

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John Clayton, one of the longest tenured NFL Insiders, offered a prediction on how the Steelers will handle their roster in the coming weeks during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan.

When referring to player cuts around the NFL, Clayton said he expects many notable players to be released by their current teams. Clayton proclaimed “it will be a bloodbath around the league” and that could include a couple key veterans being handed their walking papers by the Steelers.

Joe Haden and Vince Williams could both be forced to find new teams as soon as next week, according to Clayton. Haden has spent the past 4 seasons in Pittsburgh after spending his first 7 years with the Browns. Williams has played his entire 8-year NFL career with the Steelers after being drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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