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First call: Patriots QB receives x-rays before Steelers game; JuJu vs. James Conner; former Steeler linebacker scores

Monday’s “First Call” updates Mac Jones’ health as he and the Patriots prepare to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 of the NFL season.

A pair of former Steelers lock the horns in Arizona. Another mark against the Patriots in Miami. A large fire breaks out outside an NFL game.

And the Pirates are trying to keep winning in Cincinnati after the Steelers left that city with a win.


Tapping issues

The Steelers aren’t the only team entering Week 2 with injury concerns. Their opponent for the home opener at Acrisure Stadium could be in the same boat.

Quarterback Mac Jones suffered a back injury in Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Jones played the entire game, but received X-rays after it was concluded.

According to ESPN.com, the Patriots canceled Jones’ scheduled postgame press conference. Tom Pelissero from NFL Network reported that X-rays were negative and that Jones was receiving further evaluation upon the team’s return to Foxborough.

Jones completed 21 of 30 passes for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He was also sacked twice. One of them became a touchdown for the Miami defense.

Former Steeler Melvin Ingram scored the touchdown.


More sports news

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• TJ Watt injury will likely leave Steelers relying on ‘next man’, newcomer Malik Reed
• Najee Harris, Levi Wallace, Robert Spillane among the Steelers injured after their victory at the Bengals


Meanwhile, outside…

While this game was taking place at Hard Rock Stadium, a number of cars caught fire outside.

Apparently the culprit was a grill left lit on a tailgate. That’s according to Parker Branton of ABC News in South Florida.

The fire was so bad in the parking lot that it could be seen inside the stadium.


History of former Steelers

Two former Steelers faced off Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs traveled to Arizona to visit the Cardinals.

JuJu Smith-Schuster was on the court for his first game as Kansas City leader. He was pretty good, getting six catches for 79 yards. But he groped twicelosing one.

Meanwhile, James Conner picked up where he left off in 2021, scoring a touchdown for Arizona.

It was the first of the season for Conner. He had 18 total touchdowns a year ago. But he was held to 26 yards on 10 carries.

The Chiefs ended up winning 44-21.


Followed

Now that the Steelers are leaving Cincinnati, the Pirates are heading there for four games against the Reds.

Cincy is just 56-82, but it’s still 5½ games better than the last-place Buccos. The Pirates are limping in Ohio, having lost two in a row and eight of 10.

Bryse Wilson (2-8, 6.11 ERA) starts Game 1 of the series Monday (6:40 p.m.) against Mike Minor of the Reds (4-10, 5.70 ERA).

The Pirates are 5-7 against the Reds this season, being outscored 64-35.

Tim Benz is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.


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