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Asked and Answered: Nov. 14

Posted Nov 14, 2017

Another installment of Bob Labriola answering your questions about the Steelers and the NFL.

Let’s get to it:

KARL WARHEIT FROM HOLLYWOOD, FL:
In Sundays game at Indianapolis, why wasn't the Colts apparent fumble reviewable?

ANSWER: The on-field officials ruled that the runner’s forward progress had been stopped, and by rule those plays involving the judgment that the ball carrier’s forward progress was stopped are not reviewable.

Mike Tomlin is a member of the NFL Competition Committee, and as such he is well aware of the rules. Tomlin knew that the play as called by the officials on the field was not reviewable, but he still threw his challenge flag anyway. When asked why he did that, Tomlin said, “I just wanted the discussion. It’s a frustrating element. Sometimes judgment is not up for review. I understand that. Sometimes that judgment is cloudy. I wanted to know what was the indication that forward progress was stopped. Was it the whistle? If it was, then the ball was out before the whistle, and how is that reviewable? Is there audio on the review? You know, it was an interesting discussion, but it was a discussion I thought was worth having. I was frustrated because I thought that we got the ball, but some rulings are judgment and are not subject to review. And I understand that element of play as well.”

ROBERT ANAVIAN FROM REDONDO BEACH, CA:
Do players who normally don't start get more playing time on a short week game like this Thursday night against Tennessee?

ANSWER: Those decisions usually are made on a case-by-case basis, depending upon the players involved and the situation their team happens to be in for the game in question.

DAN MURRAY FROM PITTSBURGH, PA:
After the Colts’ first touchdown, JuJu Smith-Schuster returned the ensuing kickoff and was tackled on the 30-yard line. When play resumed after Vance McDonald left the field (injury), the line of scrimmage was the 43-yard line with no explanation. What happened?

ANSWER: Josh Ferguson, a running back who was part of the Colts kickoff team, was penalized for going low on one of the Steelers blockers. The 15-yard penalty, enforced from the spot of the foul, gave the Steelers the ball at the 43-yard line.

LUCAS HANSON FROM EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA:
James Conner seems to run for a first down and roughly 10 yards about once a game. I imagine he has one of the best yards per carry in the NFL. Do you know his average?

ANSWER: To this point in his rookie season, James Conner has 101 yards rushing on 19 carries. That works out to an average 5.3 per attempt.

DANIEL TROMBETTA FROM RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ, BRAZIL:
Glad to see Chris Boswell having success with the Steelers. I understand his kicking skills came from soccer and he is somehow linked to Brazil. I never found any details on the internet about his life in my country and I would love to know more about it. Do you know anything about his life that you can share with the Brazilian fans?

ANSWER: Let me refer you to an answer to the same question that appeared in the Aug. 17 installment of Asked and Answered: “Chris Boswell’s grandparents were missionaries working in Brazil, which meant that Boswell’s father was living there before Chris was born. As a result, Boswell said he played soccer “as soon as I could walk,” which he estimated to be when he was 3 years old. Boswell credits soccer with helping him develop the ability to place the ball. Boswell played soccer through high school, but he gave up the sport when he got a football scholarship to Rice.”

ROBERT JARAMILLO FROM LOS LUNAS, NM:
My daughter bought us some tickets to see the Steelers at home, and I was wondering if there was a possibility of attending a practice since we would be there for a few days?

ANSWER: The only time Steelers practices are open to the public is during the team’s time at Saint Vincent College for training camp. If you want to see the Steelers practice, you’re going to have to come back during August.

DUSTIN ENOS FROM SARASOTA, FL:
Me and my wife were trying to figure what are the most points the Steelers have scored in one game?

ANSWER: The most points scored in a game by the Steelers was 63 on Nov. 30, 1952 in a 63-7 victory over the New York Giants at Forbes Field. The Steelers finished 5-7 that season.

DARRELL GRANT FROM RICHMOND, VA:
If it turns out that Joe Haden’s injury is long-term, do you think the Steelers will put him on injured reserve and add Cam Sutton to 53-man roster?

ANSWER: Joe Haden’s fractured fibula, I believe, makes it somewhat more likely that Cam Sutton will be added to the 53-man roster within the 21-day window available for such a move, but during his news conference on Monday, Mike Tomlin didn’t indicate the injury was necessarily going to be long-term. “We will leave (Haden) available to us in the short term until we get a better sense of what the prognosis is,” said Tomlin. “If there’s a chance for him to participate with our team this year, we’ll leave that light on.”

In addition, I encourage you and all other Steelers fans to realize that Sutton is a guy who never has played in an NFL game – a few series in the preseason doesn’t really count – and he’s also a rookie who missed nearly all of training camp to boot.

JAY ALLEN FROM BUFFALO, NY:
No Question. One Name. Darrelle Revis.

ANSWER: No answer. One reaction. Hahahahahahahahaha.




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