Alejandro Vllaneuva sidelined by heat vs. Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva left the Steelers’ home opener against the Minnesota Vikings with heat-related issues.
Here, he stands in the tunnel before an NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
PITTSBURGH — Alejandro Villanueva left the field halfway through the third quarter of Sunday’s Steelers home opener against the Minnesota Vikings with heat-related issues.
He is questionable to return. The temperature is 81 degrees in Pittsburgh.
Villanueva started the game, protecting Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side. The Vikings had gotten steady pressure on Roethlisberger throughout the game.
Pittsburgh led 20-9 at time of writing, with just less than four minutes left in the third quarter.
Chris Hubbard replaced Villanueva at left tackle. Hubbard has also featured as a blocking tight end in this game.
The Steelers only dressed two tight ends, Jesse James and Xavier Grimble, for the Vikings game as Vance McDonald is inactive with a back injury.
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