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7-5-1, 1st in AFC North

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, located within walking distance of Heinz Field, is aiming to open its sportsbook Saturday. The casino will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m., Thursday, followed by the first of two test periods that runs until midnight Thursday. The second test period will take place from noon to 10 p.m., Friday. Pending approval from Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, regular operations will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday. The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on Sunday. The Patriots are 2-point favorites.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Kai Forbath had a strong kicking workout with the Steelers and the team is keeping him on hold while they figure out Chris Boswell's situation. Thursday's practice could be big for Boswell.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers safety Sean Davis says Rob Gronkowski's 168-yard performance against Pittsburgh last year still bothers him. He plans to eliminate Gronk's deep shots this time.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

James Conner politely declined comment in the locker room on his way to treatment. Tomlin said Conner has been vigorously rehabbing. Conner said on WDVE this week he has a high ankle sprain.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back James Conner said on WDVE-FM Pittsburgh earlier this week that he has a high ankle sprain and he's rehabbing vigorously to get back on the field. "It's just going to take a little bit of time," he said. Would be quite the impressive feat if he made it back in time for the Patriots game.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

What's Tom Brady's secret? "Avocado ice cream," Ben Roethlisberger joked. Then he gave the real reason.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (bruised ribs) expects to get rest Wednesday, isn't sure if he'll wear extra protection Sunday vs. the Patriots. "They are not fun to deal with at times, wake you up when you're sleep," he said. "It is what it is. You just go play football. Everyone is banged up. Not just me.”

Stephen A. 'offended' by Tomlin hot seat talk (1:59)
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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin said the Steelers won't ‘hope and wish' wins will come but will actively seek them.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Has Steelers coach Mike Tomlin seen any coverages on Rob Gronkowski work? "Yes, but we haven't been a part of it. We're looking to be." Tomlin adds guarding Gronk requires multiple people and multiple techniques.

Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pittsburgh Steelers have invested in the Pittsburgh Knights, a multi-game esports team founded in 2017 by local entrepreneurs Rob Lee and James O'Connor, the two organizations announced on Tuesday. "Our team is excited to build this with the Steelers for the city of Pittsburgh and highlight the passion and support this city has for its fans," O'Connor said in a press release. The Steelers become the fifth NFL team whose ownership has invested in a traditional esports organization. Owners of the Cowboys, Patriots, 49ers and Rams have all invested in the industry within the past two years.

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2dJeremy Fowler

Vague X-ray delayed Big Ben's return to game

After an inconclusive X-ray Sunday, tests show Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's rib injury was multiple contusions. He is expected to play Sunday against the Patriots.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

RB James Conner (ankle) had a productive week of rehab, and coach Mike Tomlin is leaving the door open for him to potentially play vs. Patriots. A lot would have to go right but Tomlin said it's possible.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers will explore outside kicking options in light of Chris Boswell's struggles but will include Boswell in that evaluation, per Mike Tomlin.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger said on 93.7 the Fan that an inconclusive X-Ray in Oakland factored into the decision to sideline the quarterback for most of the second half Sunday. GM Kevin Colbert was involved in discussions about whether playing Roethlisberger would worsen the injury. Roethlisberger told coach Mike Tomlin he was available if or when the team needed him.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger said on 93.7 the Fan Pittsburgh that he got an MRI on his rib injury and will defer to team on specifics but, "I'll be on the field Sunday, that's all that matters."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

For game week, the obligatory numbers on Tom Brady scorching Pittsburgh: In last eight games vs. Steelers (seven wins), Brady has 23 touchdowns, one interception and a 89.1 QBR, best for any quarterback against single opponent since 2006, minimum five games.

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3dJeremy Fowler

RB Bell 'likes' post featuring Steelers' latest loss

Running back Le'Veon Bell, whose franchise tag dispute with the Steelers led to his sitting out the season, "liked" an Instagram post from the team's official account that displayed the final score of Pittsburgh's 24-21 loss to Oakland on Sunday.

Team Stats

Passing Yards319.1
Rushing Yards89.0
Points For28.13rd
Points Against23.5