Boomer Esiason: Steelers don't have much of a chance vs. Patriots without Ben Roethlisberger

Boomer Esiason: Steelers don't have much of a chance vs. Patriots without Ben Roethlisberger

CBS Sports NFL analyst and former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason joined Toucher and Rich Monday morning, discussing the likelihood that the Steelers will be without Ben Roethlisberger when they face the Patriots in Week 7.

Roethlisberger reportedly has a torn meniscus in his left knee and was set to undergo surgery Monday, making it at the very least doubtful that he’d be able to play against New England. 

If Roethlisberger is unable to play, the Steelers would likely start backup Landry Jones. 

“New England had a shot with their backups,” Esiason noted. “I just don’t necessarily know that Landry Jones is the guy that’s going to be the guy that’s going to put up huge numbers, which is what it’s going to take to beat the Patriots.” 

The Steelers are one of a small number of teams who are viewed as potential competition for the Pats in the AFC East. Without Roethlisberger, Esiason sees Sunday’s matchup as a letdown. 

“As a broadcaster and somebody who works for CBS and somebody who was really looking forward to the Patriots vs. the Steelers, this is a really big disappointment, to be honest with you. I thought we’d have a shootout at Heinz and I think right now the game is definitely tilted in favor of the New England Patriots in a big way.”

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.