PITTSBURGH — With the start of the preseason less than a week away, holding a practice at Heinz Field was the best way the Steelers could try to replicate a game like atmosphere.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
Fans packed the stadium after hanging out at the team’s “Family Fest” all day. Coaches and players received a roaring ovation when they ran out of the Heinz Field tunnel for the first time since their season ended one game shy of the playoffs last year.
The linemen put their power on display, the receivers caught deep balls and the running backs practiced their foot work in front of members of Steelers Nation.
Just like he’s been doing all camp long, Josh Dobbs impressed those watching, not just with his feet, but with his arm. Dobbs connected for a couple scores, including one to Ryan Switzer. Even though the offense, at least those on the field, looked to have chemistry with each other, the defense was able to swat some passes away and make some stops as well.
Chris Boswell, who attempted kicks at Heinz Field for the first time since his poor 2018 season, successfully made every kick except for one on the night. Boswell’s only miss was a 51-yard attempt.
Despite being officially activated from the “physically unable to perform list” earlier in the day, T.J. Watt was seen with ice on his hamstring following his brief appearance practicing at Heinz Field. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took part in some seven on seven action after sitting out the previous two days. Maurkice Pouncey left practice early with what appears to be a lower back issue.
Report: Rescheduled Steelers-Titans Game to be Nationally Televised on CBS
The rescheduled game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans is expected to be nationally televised on CBS, according to a report by the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.
As for when the game will be played, Marchand is reporting it will be played on Monday at 5 p.m., or Tuesday at 6 or 7 p.m.
The rescheduled Steelers-Titans game is expected to be on national TV on CBS, according to sources.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) October 1, 2020
It will be either on Monday at 5 p.m. or Tuesday at 6 or 7 p.m.
The Steelers and Titans were originally supposed to square off Sunday at 1 p.m., but that game has been postponed after three Titans players and five staff members tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The total has no risen to ten since the outbreak was first reported.
The NFL announced in a statement Wednesday that the game would be postponed to Monday or Tuesday to “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing.”
Another option that has been discussed would reschedule the game for Week 7, which is Tennessee’s bye week, and push the Steelers-Ravens matchup scheduled for that Sunday to Week 8. The Steelers and Ravens currently share a bye Week 8.
Marchand added that the league prefers to play the game Monday to keep competitive balance, while CBS wants to play the game at 7 p.m. as to not disrupt their news programming.
I should add the NFL preference is Monday for competitive balance. For CBS, a 7 pm start would be better as it wouldn't impact its news programs and it would be a later standalone broadcast window.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) October 1, 2020
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/30/20
The Steelers were back to work on the practice field Wednesday despite learning their upcoming game against Tennessee is being moved to either Monday or Tuesday.
In this clip, the defense, most notably the secondary works on coverage, runs to stay conditioned and shows the chemistry of the entire unit.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers
Where Would a Monday or Tuesday Night Steelers Game Be Broadcast?
If the NFL follows historical precedent, the the Steelers game against the Titans, moved to Monday or Tuesday night by the league on Wednesday, will still be broadcast locally on CBS affiliate KDKA-TV, but no final decision has been for the game at this time, Steelers Now has learned.
In the past, when Sunday games have been postponed to a weeknight for other issues, the games have been broadcast locally as they would normally be on a Sunday afternoon, and not nationally in competition with other broadcasts.
ESPN has exclusive national broadcast rights for Monday night games and they will be airing the Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers game, starting at 8:15 p.m. Monday night.
There is no exclusive national broadcast window for Tuesday nights, of course, but there would have to be some type of arrangement made with CBS to remove the game from that network and have it be broadcast nationally.
KDKA-TV and other CBS affiliates in the Pittsburgh and Nashville markets would also have to deal with the prospect of pre-empting primetime network broadcasts. CBS is scheduled to air long-running series Big Brother on Monday night and NCIS on Tuesday night.