Rookie linebacker T.J. Watt left in the second quarter with a groin injury and did not return.
Before kickoff, Steeler Hall of Famers Mel Blount and Rocky Bleier raised a flag honoring Rooney over the south end zone at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played the national anthem while the capacity crowd, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, held a moment of silence as the Steelers began their first season in more than 50 years without Dan Rooney as part Best Place For Cheap Jerseys of the day-to-day operations.
Steelers: Watt called the injury minor. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva exited in the third quarter with heat-related issues but returned in the fourth. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert sat out most of the fourth quarter with cramps.
LEARY PLAYS: Ron Leary, who bolted Dallas for Denver’s four-year, $35 million deal in the offseason, played against his former team after clearing concussion protocol Saturday.
SPLIT ALLEGIANCES : DeMarcus Ware was the honorary alumni captain Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys for the coin toss between the game pitting his former teams. He said he was thrilled to have played for both teams but would always root for Von Miller.
Ware retired in January after nine years in Dallas and three seasons in Denver because of chronic bad problems. He acknowledged he considered coming out of retirement when Broncos linebacker Shane Ray injured a wrist early in training camp but decided to stick with his new gig working for the NFL Network.
I’ve played enough football, he said. While some owners believe a deal will be agreed upon, others aren’t quite as sure thanks to Jones, who has interjected himself into the process of the NFL’s six-man compensation committee, becoming the unofficial seventh member.