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Final Word: Keys for Steelers Without Heyward, Johnson



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Pittsburgh Steelers captain Cam Heyward before a game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 10, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now
The 2023 Pittsburgh football season has not gotten off to a hot start, as the Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-1, with what feels like a significant early season game on the horizon against the Cleveland Browns on Monday night that will be undertaken without stars Cam Heyward and Diontae Johnson.
The Steelers will need young players at both positions to step up in order to be able to slow down Nick Chubb, Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland rushing attack, and also get the offense going after a disastrous start against a Browns unit that shut down the Cincinnati Bengals in Week. 1.
Alan Saunders joined Chris Carter of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Locked On Steelers, former NFL GM Doug Whaley and Mike DeFabo of The Athletic to break down how the Steelers can overcome their injuries and their slow start.
The panel also discussed Pitt’s Backyard Brawl loss to West Virginia on Saturday, and Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi’s insistence that he will not make a change at quarterback, despite the struggles of starter Phil Jurkovec.

Tune in for more from The Final Word every Sunday night, just after the 11 p.m. news. Next week, the show will come on after the Steelers face the Las Vegas Raiders, only on WPXI.

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Click for more of Alan Saunders and Dan Kingerski from Sports Now Group Pittsburgh on The Final Word on WPXI-TV Channel 11.

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Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
September 19, 2023 10:27 am

as a true Steelers fan, I hope Cameron Heyward get better but it’s time for the Steelers defense to get younger, faster, quicker

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