Originally written on Blitzburgh Blog  |  Last updated 8/10/12

DENVER - AUGUST 29: Tight end David Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a reception against the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers 34-17. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Knees don't bend sideways. The Steelers' starting fullback is going to miss the 2012 season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Not much you can take out of a preseason game, other than this is something you don't want. Mike Adams and Jon Dwyer also got banged up, but their injuries aren't presumed to be serious. Hope they sign Lousaka Polite.

Other stuff:

  • The starting defense was on the field for three snaps. The Eagles' offense lost five yards. Good. That's all we need from them in preseason.
  • Shaun Suisham is still around, and he kicked some field goals. Okay.
  • Steve McLendon looked good, which is nice because we're going to see a lot of him this year.
  • Todd Haley's opening drive told a lot. Quick, high-percentage passes, and a commitment to the running game. Good to know that's what they've been working on.

Not much else worth saying about the first preseason game.

The NFL needs to pay the regular referees whatever they want, by the way. Refs' union has infinite leverage right now. These replacement officials are a liability. Ben almost strangled one when he hesitated to flag that hit Rogers-Cromartie put on Byron Leftwich's face.

Steelers' next game is Sunday the 19th. Bruce Arians returns to Heinz Field with Andrew Luck in tow.

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