On Sunday, a couple of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ players got into a scuffle on their own sideline during the team’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns.
Cameras captured Steelers defensive tackle Carlos Davis going after his fellow defensive linemen Isaiah Buggs on the sideline. Their teammate Chris Wormley immediately got in between the two players and broke up the sideline scrap.
Tensions boiled over within the team as the Steelers struggled to get much going against the Browns. By halftime, Pittsburgh trailed Cleveland 6-10. After beginning the NFL season undefeated through their first 11 games, the organization has lost three out if its last 4 games.
With a 12-3 record going into Week 17, Pittsburgh already has a playoff spot locked up. However, their form in recent weeks and on Sunday afternoon is cause for concern heading into the postseason. The Pick Six Podcast shared a clip on Twitter of the Steelers players fighting on the sideline. In addition, the post questioned if Pittsburgh is imploding before our eyes.
“Steelers on implosion alert…,” the podcast tweeted.
Steelers Have Dealt With off the Field Drama as Well
In recent weeks, Pittsburgh has dealt with some frustrating results on the field. Additionally, the Steelers have faced issues off the field pertaining to the NFL’s coronavirus protocols.
The Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have had their game rescheduled three different times this season. That’s because the Ravens have had at least one member of their team test positive for COVID-19 each time. Therefore, the two teams finally played on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Yet, the coronavirus has caused other setbacks, including one that could hurt Pittsburgh’s playoff chances.
Their Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. His diagnosis forced him to miss out on the Steelers last regular-season game against the Browns. Therefore, Haden must quarantine for 10 days. Even more importantly, his positive test results mean he will also miss his team’s first playoff game – the AFC Wild Card game.
The Steelers have struggled throughout their matchup against the Browns. Haden’s absence has already taken a toll on the secondary. But, his absence could be even more pronounced next week as Pittsburgh plays in a must-win opening playoff game.