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Wakeup Call: On Correia, curse-killing

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Monday column is about the Steelers’ rather surprising spate of takeaways last night at Heinz Field against Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Really nice to be around the football team. Been a while.

>> Chris Rainey is going to be a blast. One of those rare players that brings you to the edge with every touch. And so much of Todd Haley’s offense looks like it’s going to be built around him.

But it’s fair to ask this: Why did Rainey go back into that game?

Anyone who saw the helmet-first hit he absorbed on the Steelers’ first drive would have taken him out then and there. Once it was decided he’d be seen by doctors — as announced to the press box — then it became a no-brainer.

But he returned.

Not only that. He played into the fourth quarter.

I asked Mike Tomlin after the game if Rainey was tested for concussion or if he’d shown any concussion symptoms. After initially offering a rather odd reply that that he didn’t administer tests himself, Tomlin said that the doctors “cleared” Rainey to return and, so, “I put him back out here.”

Football’s got a long, long way to go on preventing concussions.

>> All kinds of goodness emerged from St. Louis yesterday. Here’s beat writer Rob Biertempfel’s account from the scene at Busch.

Only thing I want to add is this email I got very late last night from someone very close to Kevin Correia, a first-hand account of something that happened after the game …

“After being demoted to the pen (again), a 19-inning game in which he threw, want to take a guess who volunteered to start tomorrow? If that isn’t heart and a vet stepping up in a pennant race … then I don’t know what is.”

Point taken. Mega-kudos to Correia for pitching well and being a team-first player.

>> With that assignment, I’m now going to take that post-Olympics break. I’ll have threads up here for you guys, but that’s it between now and the column for Monday, Aug. 27. I’ll be going into Twitter silence, too, until next weekend, though I’ll occasionallly put up something on my other three social media: Facebook, InstaGram and Sulia.

About to find out if the kids remember who I am!

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