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What’s It Like to Tackle Bud Dupree?

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This week, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the challenge his team will face when it comes to trying to tackle Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry.

The 6-foot-3, 238-pound Henry has become notorious for his vicious stiff-arm and pure power to go along with the kind of pure straight-line speed that has allowed him become one of the best running backs in the NFL.

Tomlin said tackling Henry is like trying to tackle Steelers defensive end Bud Dupree, only faster.

What would it be like to try to tackle Dupree? That’s a purely hypothetical exercise as a professional, but Dupree played both ways at Wilkinson County High School in Georgia. And he was every bit the handful to tackle that Henry is.

Obviously, Dupree is playing receiver, but there is more than a little bit of Henry to his game, right down to the stiff arm. It certainly seems like Tomlin’s comparison is an apt one. No word if the team used Dupree to replicate Henry on the scout team at all this week.

You can see Dupree’s full high school highlight video below:

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Ben Roethlisberger Doesn’t Think the Steelers Are Throwing Too Much

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger explains how he deals with the uncertainty each week during this strange 2020 season. His comments were made prior to his team’s game against Baltimore being moved from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon due to safety concerns related to COVID-19.

The veteran quarterback also responded to questions about how many pass attempts he’s had each week and if it’s a concern moving forward.

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Steelers: No Fans for Rescheduled Game vs. Ravens on Sunday

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There will be no fans in attendance when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in their rescheduled game at Heinz Field this Sunday, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The team had expected to host 5,500 fans at the game when it was originally expected to be held on Thursday evening, but that game was supposed to be the last with with any significant complement of fans for the time being.

On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced an amended COVID-19 mitigation protocol that reduced the capacity for outdoor venues to a maximum of 2,500. With that limit, which includes players, staff and families, the Steelers have elected to not host any additional fans through single-game ticket sales.

“We are disappointed for those fans who had planned on attending Thursday night’s game,” team spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. “Our ticked office will communicate soon with those fans who purchased tickets from us regarding credits and refunds.”

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Steelers, Ravens to Kick Off at 1:15 p.m. Sunday on NBC

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The Steelers re-scheduled game with the Baltimore Ravens will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday and be broadcast nationally on NBC.

The slightly unusual schedule time will allow the game to still be broadcast nationally on NBC during the early afternoon broadcast window, so out-of-town Steelers fans will still be able to tune in.

The Steelers were originally scheduled to be broadcast on NBC on Thanksgiving, so the change will allow the network to retain the game, which is sure to be a well-viewed one with the 10-0 Steelers hosting their rivals and reigning NFL MVL Lamar Jackson.

It’s still unclear what the situation will be with fans at Heinz Field on Sunday. The Steelers had been expecting 5,500 fans for the game, but that was expected to be the last game with fans at home for the time being, as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has modified his COVID-19 mitigation plan and there is a new maximum capacity of 2,500 at the venue.

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