Flu bug going around Steelers’ locker room before AFC Championship

Malcolm Butler may have been a Super Bowl hero two years ago, but the third-year player is having the best season of his career. He led the Patriots with four interceptions, adding a sack and forced fumble while ranking fourth on the team with 63 tackles.

It’s not usually the sign of good teams, but New England’s four leading tacklers are defensive backs. Cornerback Logan Ryan was the leader with 92 stops, followed by safeties Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung. The Patriots blitz often and use their safeties in run support.

Falcons safety Keanu Neal is in the conversation for Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was second on the team with 106 tackles and five forced fumbles. The Falcons are susceptible on the back end, ranking 28th in pass defense, but cornerback Robert Alford was among the league leaders with 19 pass breakups.

The Steelers are getting sick at the wrong time as they prepare for Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Patriots.

A 24-hour flu bug has entered the Steelers’ practice facility and has affected nearly 15 people including multiple players, receiver Cobi Hamilton said Thursday, via ESPN.com.

Tight end Ladarius Green, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, kicker Chris Boswell, center B.J. Finney and quarterback Zach Mettenberger are among those who missed Wednesday’s practice because of the illness. They were able to return to the field Thursday.

I’m just thankful that I’ve stayed out of the line of fire, head coach Mike Tomlin said about the illnesses. We’re not making excuses. There won’t be. We’ll be there, we’ll be ready Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon to play, this is just part of normal things that happen over the course of a season

Looks like the Steelers will have to play sick Cheap Jerseys Bulk literally when they face off against the Patriots.

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