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Player of the Week

Bush is Digest Player of the Week

Inside Linebacker

He's still not where he was before he tore his ACL during a game against the Browns on Oct. 18, 2020, but Devin Bush is getting there. And as he is getting there, he remains an important piece of the Steelers defense. In Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Packers in Green Bay, Bush had six tackles, including one for loss, plus a sack, and two hits on the quarterback. Bush is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Also considered were Najee Harris, the rookie running back who continues to be one of the Steelers most productive and consistent performers. Harris had 15 carries for 62 yards (4.1 average), and he vaulted the pile from the 1-yard line to score his first rushing touchdown in the NFL. Harris also caught six passes for 29 yards to finish with 91 yards from scrimmage. Cam Heyward finished with eight tackles, including one for loss, and a hit on the quarterback. T.J. Watt returned to the lineup and contributed four tackles, two sacks, and he recovered a fumble that was forced by Chris Wormley. Minkah Fitzpatrick had eight tackles, and his blocked punt that he scooped and ran 75 yards for a touchdown late in the first half was nullified by an offside penalty on Joe Haden that seemed iffy based on replays shown on the CBS telecast.

Also included are Diontae Johnson and James Washington for their roles in a bit of NFL history. Johnson caught nine passes for 92 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown; and Washington caught four passes for 69 yards, including one for 30 yards.

Johnson's touchdown was the 400th of Ben Roethlisberger's career, and it made him one of eight quarterback in NFL history to reach that plateau; and Washington's 30-yard reception was the one that allowed Roethlisberger to vault Dan Marino into sixth place on the NFL's all-time list for passing yards in a career. Marino finished his career with 61,361 yards, and Roethlisberger stood at 61,381 at the end of Sunday's game in Green Bay.