Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II, who was listed as questionable to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday with a thumb injury, will not dress, the team announced on Sunday.
Minshew has missed Jacksonville’s last two games with a strained ligament and multiple fractures in his right, throwing thumb. The 24-year-old second-year passer has 1,855 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in seven starts with the Jaguars this season.
He’ll be replaced by sixth-round rookie Jake Luton, who started each of the last two games. Luton has thrown for 473 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in losses to Houston and Green Bay over the last two weeks.
Luton was the 189th overall selection in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Oregon State, where he threw for over 5,000 yards in three seasons. Luton will be backed up by veteran Mike Glennon.
Additionally, questionable cornerback Sidney Jones IV (Achilles) will also miss Sunday’s game while questionable and wide receiver Collin Johnson (hamstring) is dressed. Jones joins fellow starter CJ Henderson, who is on injured reserve, as Jaguars cornerbacks that will not face the Steelers. Tre Herndon and either fourth-round pick Josiah Scott or undrafted rookie Luq Barcoo should be expected to start.
Jacksonville is also without wide receiver Laviska Shenault (hamstring) and tight end James O’Shaughnessy (knee). The Jaguars’ healthy scratches are linebacker Quincy Jones, tackle KC McDermott and tight end Tyler Davis.
Bengals Release former Steelers Center B.J. Finney
The Cincinnati Bengals have released center B.J. Finney, the club announced Friday.
We've released C B.J. Finney.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 5, 2021
Finney began 2020 with the Seattle Seahawks after signing a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason, but was traded to Cincinnati on Oct. 28. He saw action in just one game with the Bengals.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State by the Steelers in 2015, Finney played four seasons in Pittsburgh as a plug-and-play offensive lineman. He started 13 games over his Steelers career.
The Steelers lost starting center Maurkice Pouney to retirement and starting left guard Matt Feiler is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.
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Le’Veon Bell Doesn’t Regret Sitting Out 2018 Season with Steelers
Le’Veon Bell doesn’t regret the path he took to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers, he told reporters on Tuesday.
It seems to have worked out pretty well for Bell, who will play in Super Bowl LV this Sunday, the first Super Bowl of his career, in his second season after signing a contract that took him away from Pittsburgh.
Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after refusing to sign the Steelers’ second consecutive franchise tender. Instead, he waiting for free agency and signed a four-year contract with the New York Jets worth a guaranteed $35 million.
A year and a half into that contract, the contract wasn’t working out for either party, as Bell had failed to recapture the individual success he had in Pittsburgh and the Jets were well on their way to a second straight losing season. Bell asked for a trade from New York, and when the Jets couldn’t find a partner, they released Bell.
He caught on in Kansas City, signing a contract for the rest of the 2020 season to help the Chiefs take the load off rookie starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He ended up starting two games for Kansas City and playing in nine, rushing for 254 yards and two scores.
“No, that never crossed my mind,” Bell said. “Me sitting out, I feel like it helped me on the back end of my career. … It kind of like reset my body. I feel like it’s going to help me for the end of my career and elongate my career.”
Bell expressed some disappointment in not being able to play the Steelers in the postseason. Pittsburgh was unbeaten when Bell signed with the Chiefs, and it looked like the teams were on a collision course in the AFC, but the Steelers lost five of their last six games to close the season.
“We thought we were going to have to see the Steelers at some point, which I was excited about,” Bell said. “Obviously, it didn’t end up happening.”
One member of Bell’s Steelers that he will see this week is wide receiver Antonio Brown, who also manufactured his exit from Pittsburgh, demanding a trade in the 2019-20 offseason that took him from Pittsburgh to Oakland. Brown was then cut by the Raiders, signed with New England, got suspended and was released again before eventually signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It’s crazy to think as long as we’ve been playing together, we’ve never made it to this point, but playing against each other is going to be fun,” Bell said.