Avril has been sidelined since suffering a neck/spine injury in Week 4. He’ll have to miss at least eight weeks while on injured reserve, and it’s possible that he will miss the remainder of the season. Carroll has said that Avril’s injury could be a long-term issue, and when asked last week if it could sideline him for the rest of the season, the coach didn’t rule out that possibility.
On Monday, Bryant told media that he did not request a trade and that he has talked to Steelers coaches only about getting better.
Multiple Steelers have tried to encourage Bryant early this week, according to sources, citing his crucial role in the offense and how it’s too early to be frustrated.
Roethlisberger said Bryant’s improved blocking and inspired play in Kansas City, where he caught two passes for 27 yards on 33 snaps, were positive signs. Also, the Steelers can call more red zone plays designed to go to Bryant.
Brian Hoyer’s day ended in Week 6 after only a little more than a quarter against Washington. In the middle of the second quarter, the San Francisco 49ers turned over the reins to rookie third-round pick C.J. Beathard and gave extra snaps to rookie running back Matt Breida who entered the game with the rookie quarterback.
The rookie entered the game Sunday with a 14-0 deficit at FedEx Field, which may hold some sentimental value to Beathard. His grandfather, Bobby Beathard, was the general manager in Washington for 12 seasons, including the team’s Super Bowl-winning seasons in 1982 and 1987.
During the 2016 season, eight games aired only on NFL Network, with two games aired on Saturday, and two on Sunday. The games that appeared on CBS and NBC were streamed on Twitter — and we can likely expect the same treatment with Amazon. The schedule for 2017 is not available yet, but will come out later this month.