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The prayers from Steelers players came in quickly for Damar Hamlin, including from his former teammate at Pitt, Kenny Pickett, and there are analysts who believe you should not sleep on the Steelers in the playoffs.

🏈 Steelers QB Kenny Pickett gave his outpouring of support for former Pitt teammate and current Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin after Hamlin collapsed during Monday Night Football. In his Instagram story, Pickett captioned it with ‘We’re with you 3’ to show his support for Hamlin, who is currently in critical condition.

🏈 Former Steelers LB Ryan Shazier, who suffered a spinal injury at the same stadium as Paycor Stadium, which is the site of Hamlin’s injury, wished Hamlin well after the scary incident. Shazier sent prayers to Hamlin and detailed that he hopes ‘everything is okay’.

🏈 Numerous other Steelers and former Steelers poured in with prayers for Hamlin, including Najee Harris, Joe Haden, T.J. Watt, Cam Heyward, Ryan Clark, and others. Meanwhile, the official Steelers’ account sent well wishes and prayers to Hamlin and his family as well.

🏈 The Steelers are one of three teams that started 2-6 that could end up in the playoffs. It is the first time in NFL history that is a possibility, and the Steelers, along with the Lions and Jaguars, are in a position to potentially make history. Only two other teams that started 2-6 prior to the 2022 season made the playoffs.

🏈 The Steelers have finished with a better record than the Cleveland Browns for each of the last 30 seasons.

🏈 Peter Schrager of Good Morning Football says that if they make the playoffs, the Steelers are the one team that he would not want to see. “It’s hard to not say the Steelers are the ones the AFC powers would least like to see make it in,” Schrager said. He doubled down on that take, saying that their fourth-quarter toughness could lead them to become a dangerous team.Β 

🏈 Tim Hasselback joined SportsCenter on Monday and believes that the Steelers have an excellent chance of making the postseason when looking at this week. “I look at Pittsburgh and I do not hate their path at all,” Hasselback said. He noted that he never saw the run coming, but he is not surprised by Mike Tomlin’s ability to coach.

🏈 NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger was impressed by Mark Robinson in his first start, saying that Robinson ‘brought the energy to the party’. Baldinger highlights multiple plays throughout the game and even says that Robinson is one of the most ‘Steelers-like’ linebackers that he has seen in quite some time.

🏈 Minkah Fitzpatrick joined the elite company with Troy Polamalu as the only other Pittsburgh safety in the century that has multiple 6 or more interception seasons in their career.

πŸ“… On this date, Jan. 3, 1998, the Steelers beat the New England Patriots, 7-6 on a rainy day in Pittsburgh to advance to the AFC Championship game. The sloppy game carried itself out, with a Kordell Stewart 40-yard touchdown being the only thing that propelled Pittsburgh to victory. They sweated out most of the game, with Adam Vinatieri nailing two field goals down the stretch to make it close.

STEELERS DRAFT DIGEST

🏈 A new mock draft conducted by Sports Illustrated has the Steelers landing Ohio State tackle Dawand Jones in a surprising move. That is a new name for Pittsburgh, but Jones is a lengthy, athletic right tackle that could fit the mold Pittsburgh wants if they look for physical traits in the draft.

🏈 Two Alabama declarations came in on Monday with safety Brian Branch and quarterback Bryce Young officially heading into the draft. Both could be taken before Pittsburgh picks, and so their presence is significance to potentially push down players of interest.

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AROUND THE NETWORK

Steelers Pittsburgh Sports Now Damar Hamlin is hospitalized after Collapsing in the Bengals-Bills Game, while his foundation has earned over $3 million in donations.

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