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First and 10: Steelers Banged Up Entering Preseason Opener

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News and notes from around the Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football League.

Veterans Joe Haden, Cam Heyward and Ben Roethlisberger will not play in the Steelers’ preseason opener in the Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night, head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Wednesday.

And that’s just the healthy players. Stephon Tuitt, T.J. Watt, Chukwuma Okorafor and Kevin Dotson have yet to be full-go at any point in this training camp.

Zach Banner and Devin Bush have still been limited in their reps while returning from ACL injuries. J.C. Hassenauer has been limited while recovering from a left knee injury suffered early in camp. Tackle Chaz Green also missed Tuesday’s practice.

Eric Ebron (right elbow), Zach Gentry (left leg), Ray-Ray McCloud (undisclosed), Benny Snell Jr. (undisclosed) and Cody White (hamstring) joined those players on the sideline Tuesday, and missing the final practice before a game is not usually a good way to get onto the field under Tomlin.

Pat Freiermuth left the practice session, and DeMarkus Acy announced afterward that he tore his ACL.

Marcus Allen, Anthony Coyle, Anthony McFarland Jr. and Jaylen Samuels have all missed time recently as well and could be limited.

That could make for a pretty thin rotation at some positions when the Steelers take the field on Thursday night in Canton.

Oh yeah, Canton. Where the turf ended the career of Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham in 2015 and caused the game to be called off in 2016 due to an unplayable condition.

That turf has been replaced, but the Steelers could certainly have better injury luck than they’ve had so far in training camp, and a clean bill of health coming back from Canton would go a long way in that regard.

STEELERS HEADLINES

🏈 Art Rooney II says it isn’t written in stone that 2021 will be the final year for QB Ben Roethlisberger. Cale Berger

🏈 Training Camp Takeaways: FB Derek Watt is making a case for an expanded role. Nick Farabaugh

🏈 Mike Tomlin anticipates RB Najee Harris playing in all four preseason games. Farabaugh

🏈 The Steelers released former Penn State ILB Jarvis Miller and signed running back Tony Brooks-James for a second turn with the teamBerger

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🏈 Craig Wolfley will move to the broadcast booth to replace retired analyst Tunch Ilkin, while Max Starks will join the Steelers Radio Network as sideline reporter. Nick Hedderick

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🏈 The Browns and running back Nick Chubb have agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract extension. Hedderick

STEELERS HISTORY

🏈 2020 Ben Roethlisberger said he wants “more Lombardis” when discussing his future career plans. Mike Asti

🏈 2012 Steelers C Dermontti Dawson and DB Jack Butler entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

🏈 2001 Steelers WR Lynn Swann joined his 1970’s teammates in the Hall of Fame.

🏈 1990 Steelers RB Franco Harris and LB Jack Lambert entered the Hall of fame.

🏈 1977 Pro Bowl Steelers LS Mike Schneck was born in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

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