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Improved health has Steelers primed for success

Trey Wingo looks ahead to the Steelers' season, including the return of key offensive starters and the need for a revamped defense to help offset the suspensions of Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant.


Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Patriots placed OT Sebastian Vollmer on reserve-PUP, per source. Theoretically can bring him back but more likely will not play this year.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on Teddy Bridgewater's injury: "I just wish and hope he's OK. You don't want to see guys get hurt, especially in practice."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he doesn't know the Saints' playing-time plans for Thursday night's preseason finale against the Ravens. "But I know the mindset this whole week has been that we're playing," Brees said. "We had a lot to work on obviously coming off of last week. … The more time we can get together, the better." Earlier Tuesday, coach Sean Payton suggested that the plan right now is for starters to play, including Brees. When someone pointed out to Brees that he hadn't played in a preseason finale in 10 years, he said, "Doesn't matter to me, football is football, a game's a game."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots officially placed RB Dion Lewis on the reserve/PUP list, according to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. This means Lewis will miss at least the first six games of the regular season, which was expected after it was learned Lewis would undergo a second surgery on his knee.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Vikings' backup QB Shaun Hill never had started more than 10 games in any season and he never has reached the postseason.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

UPDATE: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Bridgewater suffered "significant" knee injury. "It doesn't look good right now," Zimmer said.


"Hang in there, we're with you, and we're hoping for the best." Mike Zimmer on what he said to Teddy Bridgewater after injury

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer: "I've talked to Coach Parcells a couple times today. In spirit, I've talked to my dad. Everybody can count us out if they want. I think that'd be the wrong thing to do."

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on Teddy Bridgewater playing this season: "It doesn't look good right now." He said he has confidence in Shaun Hill.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater suffered a significant knee injury, Mike Zimmer said. The team doesn't know the extent of it yet; Bridgewater is having more tests.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Vikings' HC Mike Zimmer said QB Teddy Bridgewater "a significant knee injury." Still going through testing.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Jones got a pina colada and tiger blood shaved ice after practice. I don't think Jack Conklin (in background) was being a copy cat. But he too got pina colada and tiger blood.