The 35-year-old Vick is a far cry from the star he once was, and he’s coming off a season in which he was largely disappointing when he played for the Jets. But he was the best veteran quarterback available to the Steelers when Gradkowski got hurt.
If Roethlisberger stays healthy, Vick may never see the field in Pittsburgh. But if Roethlisberger goes down, the Steelers know they have a backup with experience.
Vick struggles to stay healthy himself, especially because of his reckless running style. He's always had a strong arm, and given the talent around him should he see the field, the potential is there for him to put up fantasy numbers in this offense.
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But having trusted veteran Bruce Gradkowski back allows the Steelers front office to exhale. The team activated Gradkowski off the physically unable to perform list on Sunday, meaning the shoulder injury has healed and the 10-year veteran can start practicing today. He should get some run next Sunday at Heinz Field when the Packers come to town for a preseason game.
Third-string quarterback Landry Jones has had a few bright moments in camp, but his 39-of-78 passing performance for 328 yards, one touchdown and one interception through two preseason games won't convince the Steelers they have a full-time backup. Pittsburgh is giving Jones every chance to earn a spot on the team or audition for another team.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger banged his throwing hand against the arm of Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton during Sunday’s loss, and it was clear that, at least for a while, the hand was bothering Ben.
He shook it and flexed it and his index finger wobbled as he tried to make selections from the menu of plays on his left wrist. He handed off for the next five plays, initially using his left hand to deliver the ball to the tailback. But it appears for now that the injury won’t affect Roethlisberger’s ability to play next Sunday at Cincinnati.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Roethlisberger was confident as of Sunday night that he’ll be fine. Also as of Sunday night, it was unclear whether the team would be ordering any testing of the hand.
“I am sure every quarterback has that happen every game,” Roethlisberger said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, of an injury that caused him to react in a way that few quarterbacks ever do during games. “Does it hurt? Yeah. Did it affect my throwing? No.”
The story went on to say that it could end up getting worse over night, so we'll continue to check reports on Big Ben throughout the week. Don't be shocked if Roethlisberger ends up on the injury report this week. Bruce Gradkowski is the Steelers backup QB and if he would have to play it would downgrade the WRs a bit.
WR Martavis Bryant continues to look like another rookie who will make an immediate impact for the Steelers. Bryant added another strong practice to his body of work on Thursday, catching a pair of touchdown passes, including a 24-yarder from Brendon Kay during a two-minute drill. The rangy and speedy Bryant also caught a perfectly thrown deep ball from Bruce Gradkowski during a sequence in which he made three consecutive receptions. Gradkowski had extra time to throw because linebacker Terence Garvin, who had a bead on the veteran quarterback, pulled up because there was no hitting. Gradkowski still led Bryant perfectly and the fourth-round pick beat cornerback Antwon Blake for the score.
It appeared that Markus Wheaton had the WR2 job all but locked up, but lately we've been seeing more positive press about Bryant, who has better size than Wheaton. This is a camp battle to monitor, though Wheaton figures to have the inside track due to his additional experience in the team's offense.
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Dalton said after the game that he was fine and he looked to be walking normally in the locker room.
"He was hurting a little bit and we can't risk him getting hurt," AJ Green said. "We're still in the hunt for the playoffs. No sense in him getting hurt for the rest of the season."
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Medical tests Tuesday revealed no serious damage to Cincinnati Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton‘s wrist area, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos remains in doubt, according to a league source.
Dalton was knocked from the Bengals’ season-opening win over the Cleveland Browns during the second half and did not return.
The X-rays conducted on Sunday were normal, and other tests showed no serious injury, but the injury could limit his ability to practice early this week. For a rookie quarterback who already missed offseason workouts because of the lockout, that would be significant.
Dalton said he is hopeful of playing Sunday, but it’s hardly out of the question that Bruce Gradkowski, who led the Bengals to the comeback win against Cleveland, will end up getting the start in Week 2.
First question: Dalton needs all the snaps he can get, so does that mean the first offensive line plays all the way with him? And will Palmer and Dan LeFevour get enough snaps to figure it out?
Obviously Dalton can be had in your league very late in the draft ... most likely, he shouldn't even get drafted. He'll have talented rookie AJ Green at WR along with Jerome Simpson a possible number-two and Jordan Shipley the slot guy. At least right now, Dalton is nothing to get excited about.
Thursday, July 28, 2011, 10:06am
It's always good to get rookies in camp as early as possible and the Bengals were able to lock Green up quickly. His stock is depressed due to the team's QB situation, but Bruce Gradkowski is serviceable and if Green gets WR1-type targets, he's a high-upside pick in the middle rounds.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 4:47pm
While other teams were going after Matt Hasselbeck, Kyle Orton and Kevin Kolb, the Bengals were content to aim lower with Gradkowski, who should serve as a stopgap at QB until Andy Dalton is ready to start. Dalton was probably a worst-case scenario for A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson, so this Gradkowski signing is good news for both wideouts. He's a fiery competitor and can put up good numbers, especially late in games when the Bengals are likely to be trailing.
Friday, December 3, 2010, 7:15pm
The move Thursday comes a day after Gradkowski expressed hope he could return from his second shoulder injury before the end of the season. But coach Tom Cable said it is unlikely Gradkowski would have been able to return before then.
This is O'Sullivan's 11th team since being drafted by New Orleans in 2002.
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:21pm
Fantasy GMs should lean on Jason Campbell if a starting QB is needed.
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