Steelers' rookies experience short week

November, 25, 2013
11/25/13
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PITTSBURGH -- Jonathan Dwyer talked to Le'Veon Bell about the quick turnaround the Steelers get with Thanksgiving this year.

And this was before Bell pounded out 80 yards on 23 carries against the Browns.

And before Bell played in weather that hit just as hard, albeit in a different way, than the Browns' defense.

“He was like, 'Man it's crazy that it's like that,' ” Dwyer said of the conversation the Steelers' two leading rushers had last week.

Welcome to the NFL, Le'Veon, where two games in a span of five days is good for the bottom line and therefore is not going the way of leather helmets or single-bar facemasks any time soon.

The Steelers rookies are experiencing their first Sunday-Thursday turnaround this week, and the biggest challenge for them will come Tuesday.

What is normally the players' day off will instead be the busiest day of the Steelers' work week. The players will go through a full day that includes meetings, practice and a walk through. They will be doing all of this on a day that their body is used to resting.

“Right now it's more about being mentally ready and getting the game plan down mentally and just getting your body ready to play,” Dwyer said.

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has been doing that by “overhydrating” to flush his system. The Steelers' firtst-round pick last April is also accelerating the healing process through massages and acupuncture while also trying to stay as close to his regular routine as possible.

Jones got off to a positive start in that regard as he lifted before noon on Monday despite playing most of the game Sunday at right outside linebacker as well as on special teams.

Dwyer said as much as the turnaround that the Steelers and Ravens must negotiate is a shock to the system, particularly for players who have never experienced it, both will get through it.

“When the lights come on,” Dwyer said of Thursday night, “that switch is going to come on.”

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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