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Are The Steelers Signing Colin Kaepernick?

Are The Steelers Signing Colin Kaepernick?

Are The Steelers Signing Colin Kaepernick?

Are the Pittsburgh Steelers signing Colin Kaepernick after Ben Roethlisberger’s injury?

Roethlisberger, 37, will have season-ending surgery on his right elbow, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday.

According to the statement released by Tomlin, Roethlisberger will undergo the surgery this week.

“Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers’ medical team that surgery will be required,” Tomlin said.

“We expect the surgery will be scheduled for this week. He will be placed on our Reserve/Injured List and is out for the season.”

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There is no timetable for his return at this stage.

The injury occurred in the second quarter of this weekend’s outing against the Seattle Seahawks.

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After attempting a pass during Pittsburgh’s final drive of the half, Roethlisberger could be seen clutching his elbow.

He ultimately ended up leaving the game with his status questionable pending further tests.

Further tests ended up proving that the injury was in fact as severe as Roethlisberger had feared.

After Roethlisberger left the game, second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

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Unfortunately, the Steelers still ended up falling to Seattle 28-26 and are now 0-2 on the season.

Despite the fact that Rudolph looked decent as a replacement, few believe he is ready to fill Roethlisberger’s shoes at this stage in his career.

Sportsbooks immediately downgraded Pittsburgh 40-1 to 100-1 to win the Superbowl.

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While the Steelers still have a very solid team in place, you cannot do much in the NFL nowadays without a credible quarterback.

So who can Pittsburgh bring in at this late stage to steady the offense?

Kaepernick.

Although the 31-year-old has been out of the NFL for three years over his protests of racial injustice, he could be a perfect fit alongside this veteran Steelers squad.

During his final year with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick put up 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns with just 4 interceptions. Moreover, he did it on a 90.7 rating.

That season, he started in 11 of the 12 games he played and proved himself as more than competent enough as a quarterback to deserve a starting or backup gig in the NFL.

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Obviously Kaepernick has been out for three years and there is going to be an adjustment period. Nobody can despite that.

That being said, just a few weeks ago, the Indianapolis Colts were considering bringing in Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassell to replace Andrew Luck.

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The pickings are slim out there, and Pittsburgh could do a hell of a lot worse than Kaepernick .

Clearly Kaepernick comes with a lot of noise and distractions around him, but a legendary franchise like the Steelers with a veteran locker room could handle it in a way that a lot of younger teams could not.

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If the Steelers truly believe Rudolph has what it takes to step into Roethlisberger’s shoes, let him start and bring Kaepernick in off the bench.

If they don’t believe he can lead the team this season to where it needs to go, bring in Kaepernick and see whether he has what it takes to start.

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Either way, though, this would make a lot of sense for both sides.

Will the Steelers ultimately bring in Kaepernick?

It remains to be seen.

Should they?

Absolutely.

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Carlos Garcia

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17 Comments

  1. Go ahead Pittsburgh and pick that trash up. I’m alifelong Steelers fan but it will end on the day Kaepernick is signed. I believe the Steelers stand for something and it’s not what krapernick stands for. Go forward with Rudolph and sign back Hodges. If I’m not mistaken wasn’t Roethlisberger thrown into the fire when Maddox went down? Give a good guy a chance. By the way he did throw 2 touchdowns. It was the defense that flopped.

    1. I say sign him we are 0snd 2so let’s get back to Steelers ball racism has no right in this country if we lose fan good we didn’t need them there are the rest of us that are not prejudiced and won’t to win games at any means necessary
      Those people are not true fans anyway point blank

  2. Pointless article. He was 1 of the worst QB’s in the league ranked dead ass last. You were definitely bored when you typed this garbage.

  3. Kap career is done and nothing say can change it.
    You media love to start trouble, and that’s why you write and don’t mange talent. Many, many QBs are out there that are superior

  4. Your an idiot I’m a ride or die if that what it takes to get us back in the field with some wins possibly play off status then I’m all for it.. if your a racist then there’s no place for you in steeler nation my cousin use to wear #32 Franco Hartis and I’m proud to be a die hard ride or die so all you fake asses can kiss my royal blue blooded ass… bye…

  5. Terrible idea. The last thing the Steelers need is another self centered problem child who cares more about his personal agenda than the Team. Let him continue on his successful career path as a professional protester!

    1. If there is one thing that I despise the most is a big mouth racist scumbag got nothing better to do then just exist

  6. They will lose more fans and money then can be expected if they bring Kaepernick into the league again he is a useless scumbag

  7. Why would the Steelers want to sign a “read option” quarterback, who hasn’t played in years & doesn’t fit in to their offensive scheme, when they just traded away Joshua Dobbs, a young read option quarterback on a rookie (cheap) contract? This article is nothing more than a political stunt by Kaepernick supporters to keep his name in the spotlight.

  8. Either Mason Rudolph & Devlin Hodges are the future of the Steelers franchise. Both are pocket passers possessing strong arms who fit the Steelers’ offensive scheme. While tjhey will will likely runa more simplified version of their offense, the Steelers won’t need to make many changes to the overall playbook to accommodate either player. The same can not be said of Kaepernick, who’s style of play & skill set matches that of Mike Vick, & we all remember what a disaster that turned out to be.

    At this point, Mason Rudolph is the Steelers’ best bet in salvaging their season. He’s practically a clone of Big Ben when Ben was Rudolph’s age except that Rudolph is actually more disciplined and has a more accurate arm. Rudolph fits this Steelers offense every bit as Ben fit the offense that he inherited 14 seasons ago. Rudolph is The Steelers’ future & for the Steelers, THE FUTURE IS NOW!

  9. What is all this garbage? The defense sucks monkey nuts, the offense is just terrible as hog balls, and thats the end of it. Cant get any worse. And for those of you clowing on Kap, to a certaim degree i agree with you but who u want him or mark sanchez

    1. I wasn’t interested in replying until you started talking about Michael Vick. Every team he has played for, he has brought something to the table. And as far as Kap goes, I think that the NFL should stop playing with him and let him play. He couldn’t look as bad as Rudolph does.

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