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FINAL: Steelers 18, Titans 6

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FOURTH QUARTER

5:17:The Titans add another short field goal from Ryan Succop after a nine-play, 73-yard drive.

THIRD QUARTER

4:06 Dobbs’ second drive went seven plays, 55 yards and Matthew Wright hit a 31-yard field goal.

6:27: Diontae Spencer continues to make splash plays with his legs with the ball in his hand. He just took a reverse 29 yards off the right side. But if he’s going to make the team as a wide receiver, he needs to make some catches, too.

10:20: Josh Dobbs in at quarterback for the first drive of the second half.

11:03: Tuzar Skipper continues to make a push for a roster spot with splash plays, including a sack/fumble of Titans third-stringer (and former Toledo teammate) Logan Woodside.

HALFTIME LEADERS

Rudolph 6-9, 75 yards, touchdown
Tannehill 6-9, 62 yards

Conner 5 carries, 41 yards
Jeremy McNichols 9 carries, 43 yards

Washington 2 targets, 1 catch, 41 yards, touchdown
Corey Davis 2 targets, 1 catch, 25 yards

SECOND QUARTER

2:57 Well, it was not the final drive for the first-team Steelers defense, and they suffered an injury on this one. Sean Davis limps off, holding his left quad.

Upon reply, looked like it might have been lower on the leg. He’s heading to the locker room, and is probably done, either way.

5:41 Kam Kelly, who started the game in the nickel package, forces a fumble on what was likely the final series for the first-team defense. Looks like he has a job.

8:00 The first turnover of the preseason for Rudolph is a rare miscommunication between him and Washington.

10:41 Artie Burns still working as a punt gunner. Have to think his job (and a game day helmet) are pretty obviously secure at this point.

12:13 Steelers’ second-team offensive line is in the game: Zach Banner, Derwin Gray, B.J. Finney, Fred Johnson and Chukwuma Okorafor.

13:27 Titans got a couple of nice gains after a long kickoff return set them up with good field position, but were forced to settle for a chip-shot field goal.

FIRST QUARTER

1:05: A couple of guys that have been battling significant injuries just checked in at linebacker for the Steelers: Vince Williams (hamstring) and Sutton Smith (abdomen).

1:52 Touchdown, Steelers: Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Rudolph to James Washington. The former Oklahoma State duo struck deep for a 41-yard touchdown on a post route. Just like they used to draw it up in Stillwater.

Extra point is good.

2:37: Mason Rudolph is the second quarterback into the game for the Steelers.

Roethlisberger’s final numbers: 8 of 13, 63 yards, touchdown.

3:10: Tuitt and Bud Dupree combine to crunch Tannehill for another sack. Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern is the only guy in blue having a good night so far.

4:25: Ryan Tannehill checks in at quarterback for Marcus Mariota, who finishes a ghastly 0 for 3 with a sack for a safety.

4:31 Touchdown, Steelers: What a drive for Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster. They connected three times, including once on a key third down and finally for a 17-yard touchdown as Smith-Schuster ate up cornerback LeShaun Sims in one-on-one coverage.

Jaylen Samuels tripped on the 2-point conversation attempt.

9:12 Safety, Steelers: After a fantastic Jordan Berry punt forced Tennessee to start at its own 4-yard line, Stephon Tuitt sacked Marcus Mariota in the end zone on first down for a safety.

10:53: Ryan Swtizer started on offense and has been on both the first-team kickoff and punt return units. Very good sign for him.

12:14: Steelers defensive starters:

DL Stephon Tuitt
DL Cameron Heyward

LOLB T.J. Watt
LILB Mark Barron
RILB Devin Bush
ROLB Bud Dupree

LCB Artie Burns
FS Sean Davis
SS Terrell Edmunds
RCB Steven Nelson
NB Kameron Kelly

15:00: Steelers offensive starters:

QB Ben Roethlisberger
RB James Conner
WR Donte Moncrief
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR Ryan Switzer
TE Vance McDonald

LT Alejandro Villanueva
LG Ramon Foster
C Maurkice Pouncey
RG David DeCastro
RT Matt Feiler

PREGAME NOTES

7:30 p.m. Steelers will have at least four inactive players, according to Steelers.com reporter Missi Matthews: OLB Anthony Chickillo (chest), CB Joe Haden (foot contusion), WR Diontae Johnson (undisclosed), RB Benny Snell (groin).

GAMEDAY INFO

Sunday, August 25, 8:00 p.m.

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
SN Coverage: Alan Saunders

TV/Radio: WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh) and NBC (Nationally), Steelers Radio Network (102.5 WDVE-FM)

FORECAST

Thunderstorms, 74 degrees at kickoff.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start and will likely make his only appearance of the 2019 preseason.

• We should know a lot more about the battle for positioning amongst the Steelers wide receivers after this game. JuJu Smith-Schuster will work with Roethlisberger’s first unit, that much is assured. But how much Diontae Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Eli Rogers, Ryan Switzer and James Washington work with the first unit will be telling.

• Devin Bush should return to the field after being held out as a precaution during the Steelers’ Week 2 victory over Kansas City, and with the first teams expected to get more playing time and Vince Williams still bothered by a hamstring issue, Bush could see his most extensive playing time to date.

• As the “dress rehearsal” preseason game, the Steelers will also run out starting special teams units. If players on the roster fringe like Marcus Allen, Ulysees Gilbert and Tuzar Skipper see playing time on special teams in the first half, it’s a good sign for their 53-man roster odds.

INJURY UPDATES

OUT: OLB Ola Adeniyi, who had surgery on a torn meniscus on last Friday and is expected to miss another one to two weeks, at least.

UNKNOWN: OLB Anthony Chickillo (chest), CB Joe Haden (foot contusion), RG David DeCastro (soreness), C Maurkice Pouncey (undisclosed), TE Christian Scotland-Williamson (upper body), OLB Sutton Smith (abdomen), RB Benny Snell (groin), ILB Vince Williams (hamstring).

EXPECTED TO PLAY: ILB Devin Bush (undisclosed), TE Zach Gentry (upper body)

MORE ON TENNESSEE

Titans tackle David Quessenberry, who is a cancer survivor, is on the cusp of the 53-man roster. (Tennessean)

With starter Macus Mariota backed up by an extremely experienced backup in Ryan Tannehill, the Titans might have one of the best one-two punches at quarterback in the NFL (Titans Online).

<https://titansized.com/2019/08/24/money-breakdown-taylor-lewan-suspension/”Left tackle Taylor Lewan will miss the first four games of the season after being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs (Titan Sized)>

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Alex Highsmith Needs MRI after Ankle Injury Suffered vs. Browns

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith suffered an ankle injury that will require an MRI in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Highsmith left the game in the first half and was seen limping on the Pittsburgh sideline. He made an attempt to return to the game, but was unable to continue playing and did not see the field at all in the second half.

In-game, the Steelers announced that Highsmith was doubtful to return with an ankle injury. After the fact, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Highsmith suffered a high ankle sprain. Highsmith’s father posted on Twitter early on Monday morning that Highsmith will require an MRI on his injured ankle.

Given that Highsmith was able to walk and even run in short bursts after the injury, it does not seem likely that it will impact his offseason training plans.

The team’s third-round draft pick out of Charlotte, Highsmith was thrust into a starting role after starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree suffered  an ACL injury that required surgery.

On the season, Highsmith played in 16 regular season game and made five starts. He finished with 48 tackles, five for a loss, six quarterback hits, one interception and one pass defended.

With Dupree set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return, Highsmith should be expected to retain his starting role in 2021.

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Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Regret Punt, Will Talk to Ben Roethlisberger About Future

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin answers questions from the media following his team’s shocking defeat at the hands of the Browns in the playoffs. Tomlin explained why he decided to punt on a 4th and 1 in the 4th quarter while trailing by multiple scores. He also touched on the timeline for when he will talk to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about his future with the team.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Says He Doesn’t Regret ‘Browns Is the Browns’ Comment

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PITTSBURGH — It was repeated so often in the five days between when JuJu Smith-Schuster said the phrase on Wednesday to Sunday night’s game at Heinz Field, that it nearly became the No. 1 talking point coming into the game.

“The Browns is the Browns.”

Before the game, after the game and probably during the game, many of the Browns made it clear that they had taken exception to Smith-Schuster’s characterization of the team.

Smith-Schuster said after the game that he had no regrets about what he said.

“You know, I don’t regret what I said,” Smith-Schuster said. “I said, ‘The Browns is the Browns.’ They came out and they played a hell of a game. You know, there’s been games where we feel we lose them and today wasn’t our night and hopefully the same Browns will show up next week against the same opponent and go out and do the same thing they did tonight and have a hell of a game.”

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