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Shurmur Confirms – Lewis to Start at QB Sunday in Pittsburgh

(Opening Statement)- “I really don’t have anything to add other than that I’m going to rule out Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson, Colt McCoy, Jordan Cameron and Sheldon Brown. I’m going to rule them out. That being said, Thad Lewis will start and Josh Johnson will back him up. At the other positions the guys will just slide up.”

(On how Lewis has done this week)- “He’s done great. He’s had a good week of practice. He’s been preparing himself to play all year even though he wasn’t on the active roster. We anticipate and what we expect is that he goes out and plays winning football.”

(On if he has to pare the game plan for Lewis and Johnson)- “Thad’s going to go out and execute our plays. If Josh has to go in and play, I’m certain he’s going to execute the plays well that we call for him.”

(On Brown snapping his streak of consecutive games played)- “It’s probably disappointing for him. Unfortunately, he had a concussion and there’s protocol. That’s kind of out of our hands. He ran out of days to come back.”

(On Montario Hardesty getting the opportunity to start)- “He’s excited. I’ve been happy with Montario and what he’s done this year. He obviously doesn’t have the number of carries that he would have liked, but the ones he has had have been meaningful. We’ll use him as a starter and Brandon Jackson will spell him much in the same way that we use Trent and Montario. Of course, Chris Ogbonnaya will play as well. We’ll use all three backs. We’ll get them in there and let them do their thing.”

(On if Weeden or McCoy will need surgery)- “No. I think I said that earlier in the week, but I’ll tell you again.”

(On if there are things about the Steelers defense that he has to point out to Lewis)- “I think there’s enough evidence of how they play. We have the first game against them, plus their style of defense hasn’t changed in years. What’s important for Thad is to execute the progressions and get the ball off on time and not rush things, just be urgent and go play his game. I’m confident he’ll do that.”

(On how glad he is that they kept Brandon Jackson this year)- “I’ve been pleased with what he’s done all year. Unfortunately, he would have like to have been playing. He’s had a good week of practice. He’s been very professional about all this. He stayed positive about his role. I anticipate when he gets in there we’ll get some good snaps out of him.”

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