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Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, coming off an offseason that saw him plagued by legal troubles, did not play in the game. He will miss the first six games of the regular season as he was suspended by the NFL under the personal-conduct policy, but he is allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason.
Byron Leftwich started under center and went 6-for-10 for 43 yards for the Steelers, who failed to make the playoffs last season due to a 9-7 record, finishing third in the AFC North. Isaac Redman had 15 carries for 60 yards and a score while Antonio Brown had three catches for 84 yards and a score.
Matthew Stafford went 8-for-11 for 61 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Lions, who finished last season with a mark of 2-14, last in the NFC North and second-worst in the NFL. Calvin Johnson had two catches for 10 yards and a score while rookie Jahvid Best had six carries for 29 yards.
Reed kicked a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter to stake Pittsburgh to a 3-0 lead, but Johnson hauled in a two-yard touchdown catch early in the second to give the Lions a 7-3 advantage.
Reed later added a 37-yard field goal and a one-yard run from Redman gave Pittsburgh a 13-7 lead heading into the half, which began with 1:37 left in the second quarter due to heavy thunderstorms that were pounding the area.
Reed booted a 32-yard field goal for the only points of the third quarter to give the Steelers a 16-7 lead.
Brown's 68-yard touchdown catch from Dennis Dixon in the fourth accounted for the final score.
The Lions and Steelers resumed play after a weather delay of more than an hour finally came to an end.
Play began again with the Lions in possession of the ball with 1:31 left in the second quarter. Detroit simply ran out the clock, and the third quarter began immediately after. Detroit still trails 13-7.
As long as there is no more thunder and lightning, the Lions-Steelers game should get underway again at 9:45 p.m. At that time the teams will take the field and finish the final 1:31 of the second quarter, and then after that they will immediately begin the third quarter, as the weather delay has essentially served as the halftime break.
The Lions are currently trailing the Steelers 13-7.
Some nasty weather is currently hammering the Pittsburgh area, and it has forced tonight's Lions-Steelers game into a weather delay with 1:31 left in the first half. As soon as there was a loud clap of thunder, everybody left the field and fans booked it to the exits as quickly as they could.
There's no word yet on when this game will be resumed, but I would bet on them playing the end of the first half, taking a short break, and then immediately starting the second half. We're close enough to halftime right now that this weather delay should be able to serve as the players' halftime break, so I doubt there will be another one after the official end of the second quarter.
By the way, the Lions are currently trailing the Steelers by a score of 13-7. The Lions' starting defense looked very good, as did the offense, which scored Detroit's only touchdown. Matthew Stafford led a drive of more than 60 yards and capped it off with a touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson.
(Sports Network) - Ben Roethlisberger will be back in uniform for the first time since his turbulent offseason on Saturday night, when the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and his Pittsburgh Steelers play host to the Detroit Lions in the preseason opener for both teams.
Roethlisberger made headlines of an unwanted kind in March, when a 20-year-old college student accused the quarterback of raping her in a bathroom at a Milledgeville, GA bar. No charges were filed against Roethlisberger, but the allegations and surrounding controversy led the NFL to suspend him for six games as a result of his violation of the league's personal conduct policy. Roethlisberger could have his suspension dropped to four games if he complies with certain provisions set forth by the commissioner.
Roethlisberger is eligible to play against the Lions and in all of the team's preseason contents, though it as yet unclear how the suspension might affect his playing time. Byron Leftwich, whom the team re-acquired in a trade with the Buccaneers during the offseason, is the odds-on favorite to win the starting job in Week 1. Veteran Charlie Batch and second-year-pro Dennis Dixon, both of whom have starting experience with the Steelers, will also be in the mix during the preseason.
Elsewhere on offense, Pittsburgh needs to make sure it has the receivers to assist all of its QB's, so the likes of Mike Wallace, Antwaan Randle El (ex- Redskins), Emmanuel Sanders (3rd Round, SMU), and Arnaz Battle (ex-49ers) will look to impress on Saturday. Additionally, an offensive line that has already lost right tackle Willie Colon for the season due to injury will need to assess the work of newcomers Flozell Adams (ex-Cowboys), Jonathan Scott (ex- Bills) and first-round rookie Maurkice Pouncey (Florida), among others.
The Lions, meanwhile, will be looking to make strides in the preseason after going a combined 2-30 over the past two years. The effort will start with fixing the NFL's worst defense, and in that respect head coach Jim Schwartz will be looking for an impact out of new defensive line lynchpins Ndamukong Suh (1st Round, Nebraska) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (ex-Titans).
Offensively, the Lions require continued progress from quarterback Matthew Stafford, though he and the first-team attack are not expected to see much time in the preseason opener.
Among the notable newcomers expected to make their debut in Lions uniforms are rookie running back Jahvid Best (1st Round, California), wideout Nate Burleson (ex-Seahawks), and tight end Tony Scheffler (ex-Broncos).
The Lions hold a 10-7 edge in their all-time series with the Steelers, including a 27-21 home victory in the last such meeting, prior to the 2004 season.
The teams also met in meaningful play last Oct. 11, a 28-20 Pittsburgh win at Ford Field.
The first game of the 2010 preseason for the Lions is set for tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. Detroit will take on the Steelers at 7:30 p.m. ET, and it will be the first chance for Lions fans to get a look at the rookies and other offseason acquisitions in a game situation. Also, it will be the first chance to get a look at Matthew Stafford since before the end of last season, as he finished the year on injured reserve.
Speaking of injuries, the Lions have been pretty banged up so far during training camp, and that is evident by looking at the list of players that have already been ruled out for tomorrow's game against the Steelers. In all, 10 players are on the list, although only eight have even been able to practice (two others have been on the PUP list since the beginning of camp). Here is the full list:
Out of all the players on that list, really only Smith and Pettigrew have been practicing on a consistent basis lately. The others have been out for more than a few days now, so it's no surprise they will miss tomorrow's game.
I was a little surprised that Smith won't get to play considering he has been ahead of schedule with his recovery and has been practicing without too many limitations, but obviously the coaches feel it's best to give him some more time to recover before playing. Since this is only the preseason and the games don't count, that's probably for the best.
For full coverage of the Lions' preseason opener, keep checking this StoryStream or head over to Pride of Detroit.