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First call: Steelers lose reserve LB; crows recover WR; praise for Minka Fitzpatrick; Penguins are part of the metro movement

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Wednesday’s “First Call” gives us news of the Steelers’ departure and the Ravens’ return.

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We also have more recognition for Steelers safety Minka Fitzpatrick. There is movement atop the D.C. section, and the Penguins are involved.

Plus, it’s a busy day for college basketball at a local school.


Bidding to Anenih

The Steelers have lost a linebacker from their roster.

The Atlanta Falcons signed David Aneneh out of the Steelers’ training squad Tuesday. He will absorb the spot vacated by Caleb Huntley who will be on injured reserve.

Anenih joined the Steelers on September 15. He was signed to the 53-man roster after TJ Watt suffered a chest injury in the season-opening win against the Bengals.

Anenih spent his first three games with the Steelers inactive. He was then waived and re-signed to the practice squad on October 11. He has not yet appeared in a regular season game.


Flattery on Fitzpatrick

ESPN.com’s Matt Bowen did an in-depth study on NFL Wins Tuesday. One of the categories it analyzed was “Most Complete Safety”.

And Steelers safety Minka Fitzpatrick was considered the best player in the NFL.

“I love the tape on Fitzpatrick,” Bowen said. “There’s a physical presence in his game. And I see a lot of range, covering ability and ball skills, whether he’s playing up the post, deep half or matching in coverage. Fitzpatrick does it all. Plus, he adds a real playmaking element to this Steelers secondary game.” Fitzpatrick returned one of his four picks for touchdowns while posting 74 tackles and nine pass breakups. He’s insured against tackles and has also scored shots in the hole (52), out as a cornerback (28) and rolled down as a linebacker or fullback thief (60).”

Los Angeles Chargers star defender Derwin James finished second.

This is a stark contrast to The last ESPN.com post is recent which suggest that Fitzpatrick was exaggerating. This week I learned Fitzpatrick He got the most votes For the Pro Bowl for any NFL free safety.


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The return of the crow

The Baltimore Ravens are bringing back Sammy Watkins.

Through Tom Bellicero from NFL NetworkBaltimore claimed Watkins from exemptions on Tuesday after the Packers waived the receiver on Monday.

This is consistent with reports from Pelissero that Baltimore player Devin DuVernay may have suffered a major foot injury during practice on Tuesday.

Watkins appeared in 13 games with the Ravens last season and caught 27 passes for 394 yards and a touchdown before moving to Green Bay this offseason. He had 13 catches for 206 yards in nine games for the Packers.

The Steelers visit Baltimore next Sunday.


metro traffic

The Penguins are a part of some transformations in the D.C. department. With a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night, the team (42 points) catapulted New York (41 points) into third place in the division.

“It’s always tough to fight in our division. Every point counts, whether now or in March or April,” Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry said after the win. All of these points are important. Good to get it early.”

Gary stopped 26 of the 28 shots along the way. The Rangers and Penguins will not meet each other again until the March 12 game in Pittsburgh. Then they play two games in New York on March 16th and 18th. Three of the Penguins’ next four are against Metro Division foes, starting with a home game against Carolina on Thursday.

Speaking of the Hurricanes, they beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 Tuesday. Former Penguins record Jordan Staal.

This is Staal’s ninth tournament of the season. The Hurricanes are now atop the Metros with 46 points. The Devils dropped to second with 44. The Canes have won six in a row. New Jersey has lost six in a row.


Double dukes

Duquesne Basketball is hosting a doubleheader game at midday on Wednesday afternoon.

The women’s team starts play at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse against Howard at 11 a.m. and the Dukes come in at 9-3. Bison 3-8.

Northern Catholic alumnus Tess Myers made 41 three-pointers on the season for Duquesne. Entering NCAA play Tuesday night, that total was tied with Abbey Hsu of Columbia for national leadership.

The Duquesne Men’s Team (9-3) plays Game Two at 2 p.m. Winthrop is in town. This is the last of nine consecutive home games for the Dukes. Their next match will be the opener at the Atlantic 10 in Dayton on December 28th.

It is the first meeting of its kind between the schools. Winthrop is in his second season under head coach Mark Prosser. His father, Skip Prosser, was born at Carnegie and enjoyed a successful coaching career at Xavier and Wake Forest.

Tim Benz is a writer for the Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets can be retweeted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.

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