-The Denver Broncos may have home-field advantage going into this Sunday's divisional round game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but that hasn't stopped the always-quotable Darian Stewart from going after certain Steelers in the press, in order to hype his guys up.
The first target is Steelers center Cody Wallace, who struck Broncos safety Davis Bruton Jr. with a helmet-to-helmet hit after a first-quarter play last month. The Steelers ended up winning that game, 34-27, and now Stewart wants retaliation.
"It's not going to be anything as far as cheap or anything," Stewart told reporters. "We're going to get them between the lines, between the plays, the whistle. So I mean, he's going to be sore after the game. That's how I see it, man. He comes out on a screen, he better not come at [me]. I'm cutting him. That's where I'm at with it."
Stewart also had choice words for Ben Roethlisberger, who may still be suffering from a shoulder injury suffered in last week's game. “I’m not buying it,” said Stewart, the Broncos’ free safety, who said he is recovering nicely from a hamstring strain. “I’m not buying it, man. I expect him to play. I expect him to be 100 percent. I’m not sure what his injury is, but he’s Big Ben. I know he’s capable.”
The two teams will collide this Sunday at 4:40 pm on CBS.
-The State recently did a nice piece on D.J. Swearinger's sort-of comeback after being waived by the Buccaneers. Swearinger has become a real contributor for the Cardinals, and is set to appear in his fifth game for the club against the Green Bay Packers this Saturday. For a young player like D.J., it was easy to turn the setback of being cut into an educational experience.
“It’s been a long journey for me, a long and interesting journey. I’ve just been learning, taking this year, year three, as a learning experience,” Swearinger told the paper. “Going to a different team like Tampa and then getting released, seeing it from a different view on the couch and then being blessed to get this opportunity is a tremendous blessing and an honor and I’m humbled. I’m just looking forward to getting better.”
Swearinger has had seven tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery since joining the Cardinals, and the game this Saturday against the Packers will be his first playoff appearance.
-It's unclear where an inactive Jadeveon Clowney was during the Texans playoff loss this past Sunday, but it's clear he didn't see all sixty minutes of play. Two reports came out from the game, one from FOX Sports claiming that Clowney "stormed out" of the stadium upon hearing news that he wasn't playing. This was according to ESPN's sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
However, the NFL Network reported that Clowney left to deal with a "family matter" and would return to the stadium. It's unclear from my research whether or not Clowney did return or not, but either way, you certainly hope Jadeveon Clowney isn't the sort of person to walk out of a playoff game, nor one who doesn't stick around to support his teammates.