PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Steelers ruled three out for the Jacksonville game on Sunday, all are backups.
Running backs Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps) and Trey Edmunds (hamstring) along with linebacker Jayrone Elliott (illness).
Corner Mike Hilton cleared to return for the first time since the Cleveland game, he’s no longer even listed on the injury report. Same for tailback Anthony McFarland (illness) and defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs (ankle).
Boswell isn’t bothered
You could say kickers were in COVID protocol before it became a thing as Steelers kicker Chris Boswell said its pretty much business as usual for him.
“Not too much,” Boswell said of changes, “we have to wear helmets with masks on them or face protection. It really doesn’t change anything cause we are off on our own field, it’s just us three. We are kind of independently away from everybody anyway, so we don’t have to worry about the interactions that go on with 11-on-11 football.”
Speaking to the media for the first time this season, Boswell said of the adjustments made after the block issues in Dallas.
“Going back to the basics and starting from the ground up again,” Boswell said of not letting people through the gaps. “Being it was the 7th or 8th game you probably forget about the little details that go into every single thing. Kinda just going back working from the ground up, having a good base, remembering all of those little details and then starting fresh from there.”
It was a mixed bag for Boswell against the Cowboys, as he was able to hit a new Steelers record 59-yard field goal.
“The hair raises up on your arms a little bit,” the 29 year-old Boswell said of the kick. “You really got to hit that ball really well to get it to fly that far. The one thing I told myself, it wasn’t coming up short. I was putting everything into that kick and it went in.”
The six-year vet is one of three kickers, with double-digit attempts, who have not missed a field goal this year and nearly half of them have come from 40+ yards.
He also said he really doesn’t notice the lack of fans, saying he’s just focused on every kick and blocks all of that out anyway.
Whatever is working, because after a down 2018 where he made only 13 of 20 FG attempts, Boswell is 43 for his last 45.