First Call: Patriots QB updates status for Steelers game; Pitt alum looks to solve Cincy’s long-snapper issue

Tuesday’s “First Call” has an replace at the Patriots quarterback as he will get able to face the Pittsburgh Steelers protection.

A Pitt product is also the solution to Cincinnati’s long-snapper downside. The Baltimore Ravens are already coping with damage problems.

And 3 former Penguins have new puts to skate.

Jones-ing to play

It appears like Mac Jones goes to be wholesome sufficient to play Sunday in opposition to the Steelers.

The New England Patriots quarterback wanted X-rays after the workforce’s 20-7 loss Sunday in Miami. He has since been identified with again spasms, in accordance to

Via Mike Reiss at ESPN, Jones mentioned, “I definitely feel better, and I want to be able to be ready to play against Pittsburgh. … My back hurt. We were trying to figure out what the issue was. They did all the tests, and everything was fine.”

Jones claims the damage befell on a fourth-quarter roughing-the-passer play. “I just kept playing and tried to work through it,” Jones mentioned. “I’ve been hit harder before and will probably get hit harder in the future. It’s all good. … I haven’t had any issues with (my back) before, and I don’t expect any issues now. Everything is good.”

Jones used to be 21 of 30 for 213 yards, with one landing and one interception. His backups are one-time Steeler Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe.

This feels acquainted

Part of the rationale the Baltimore Ravens are the playing favorites to win the AFC North is that the general public really feel like they couldn’t in all probability have as a lot unhealthy good fortune with accidents as they did in 2021.

John Harbaugh’s workforce set a file for damage fee.

That principle is being examined already. The workforce has introduced that cornerback Kyle Fuller has an ACL damage. So his season is finished.

The Ravens additionally misplaced left take on Ja’Wuan James to a season-ending Achilles tear within the 24-9 win Sunday over the New York Jets.

Via, Fuller hadn’t neglected a recreation in 5 directly seasons and 7 of his 8 years within the NFL. Fuller neglected all of the 2016 season after present process arthroscopic knee surgical procedure.

The 2014 first-round pick of Virginia Tech began the sport as a result of Marcus Peters continues to be getting scratched on account of a season-ending knee damage of his personal ultimate yr.


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Panther promotion

The Steelers’ excellent fortune is leading to a large acquire for a former Pitt Panther.

Cal Adomitis is being known as up from the Bengals apply squad to be the brand new lengthy snapper in Cincinnati.

The Pittsburgh Central Catholic product signed with the Bengals as an undrafted unfastened agent. They let him cross throughout the ultimate around of roster cuts however introduced him on to the apply squad.

The Bengals misplaced their beginning lengthy snapper Clark Harris to damage throughout Sunday’s season-opening loss in opposition to the Steelers. Tight finish Mitchell Wilcox took over as an emergency alternative. He had two gradual, less-than-accurate snaps on position kicks. One of them led to a block via Minkah Fitzpatrick that compelled a 20-20 time beyond regulation consultation. The 2d one led to a shanked kick from Evan McPherson.

The Steelers in the end went on to win 23-20.

At Pitt, Adomitis used to be a first-team All-American variety via the American Football Coaches Association in 2021. He additionally used to be the Patrick Mannelly Award winner for highest senior lengthy snapper.

Post-Pittsburgh strikes

Most Penguins fanatics almost certainly stuck wind of Evan Rodrigues’ signing in Denver with the Colorado Avalanche. But he’s now not the one former Penguin to discover a new house.

As TribLIVE’s Seth Rorabaugh famous, Carter Rowney and Adam Johnson have each and every signed with groups within the DEL — Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Rowney has latched on with Lowen Frankfurt after spending ultimate yr with the Detroit Red Wings. The ahead totaled six issues (4 targets, two assists) whilst averaging 10:40 of ice time in step with recreation in Detroit.

Now 33 years previous, Rowney used to be a member of the Penguins’ 2017 Stanley Cup workforce.

As for Johnson, he’s now a member of the Augsburger Panther.

Johnson used to be maximum just lately with the Pens throughout the 2019-20 season. In 13 profession video games with the Penguins, Johnson scored 4 issues (one function, 3 assists). Johnson break up the 2021-22 season between the American Hockey League Ontario Reign and Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review group of workers creator. You can touch Tim at or by means of Twitter. All tweets may well be reposted. All emails are matter to e-newsletter until specified another way.

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