If you think the Saturday Wild Card playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals included a lot of questionable hits, the upcoming Divisional Round game against the Denver Broncos could wind up being partially similar in nature.
In the last meeting between the Steelers and the Broncos a few weeks ago, Pittsburgh center Cody Wallace took a cheap shot at Denver safety David Bruton and that resulted in a penalty. While Bruton won’t be able to settle the score against Wallace on Sunday being as he’s now out for the season with a broken leg, one of his teammates intends on getting some sort of retribution for him.
“It’s not going to be anything as far as cheap or anything,” Broncos safety Darian Stewart said on Monday, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “We’re going to get him between the lines, between the whistles. He’s going to be sore after the game, that’s how I see it. He comes out on a screen, he better not come at (me). I’m cutting him. That’s where I’m at with it. You got me mad right now just thinking about it.”
While Stewart missed the last game against the Steelers because of a hamstring injury, he expects to play Sunday. And, while he might be mad at Wallace’s actions in the last meeting between the two teams, he should know that the center was later fined for his indiscretion.
If anything, you would think that Stewart and the rest of the Broncos learned something after watching the Steelers Saturday game against the Bengals, who essentially gave Pittsburgh the game on a silver platter because they couldn’t play within the rules in addition to failing to keep their emotions in check.
Rest assured, if we’re reading Stewart’s recent comments, the league is as well and should the safety indeed wind up taking a cheap shot at Wallace, hopefully it won’t be ignored. So cut away, Darian, cut away.