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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The weekly chat will take place today at noon, right here on the blog. As soon as you see the post, you can submit entries. Just be sure to do so inside the actual chat field rather than the blog comments underneath. All topics welcome, as always.

>> The Steelers’ day was brightened by word that Le’Veon Bell’s lisfranc injury won’t require surgery and that he should be back much sooner than initial estimates of two months.

So, what is lisfranc, anyway?

Better question: Why do we only ever hear about it relating to football when other sports also, you know, use feet?

Here’s the official answer, courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, and the telling point in there is that the Lisfranc joint complex is on top of the foot. And it generally involves impact to the top of the foot. So whether it’s Bell or Matt Spaeth or any football player, it tends to come as the result of someone stepping or stomping on that area.

In hockey, the skate boot comes with a fairly hard shell and, even then, you aren’t often going to trampled by skates — yeah, I know, don’t tell it to Erik Karlsson — or take shots to the top of the skate. Hence, the term is a great rarity in the NHL.

In baseball, someone could step on a foot in the field, obviously, or take a pitch there. But if you think about the rarity of either convergence — certainly compared to that of football players engaging in hard contact every snap — it explains why you don’t see it there, either.

Can you think of injuries mostly unique to hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer?

I’ll go with the groin in hockey (takes a terrible beating from skating, especially for goaltenders), the elbow in baseball (does things it isn’t supposed to do), the ankle in basketball (better land right or else), and the calf in soccer (mostly from cleats on hard or cheap tackles).

Here’s our full Steelers coverage. I’ll be writing the Sunday column from Heinz Field off the preseason game with the Chiefs.

>> If you think the Steelers’ preseason has been rough, did you see the Ravens last night?

It’s amazing to me that so many seem to overlook the incredible amount of talent that walked out of Ozzie Newsome’s door as soon as the confetti was cleaned up.

>> The Pirates benefited from big nights by Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata but had another wobbly start by Jeff Locke — four innings, 73 pitches — against the Giants. Travis Sawchik is in San Francisco.

Here’s the rest of our baseball coverage.

Here’s Giants news from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Pitt’s running backs are falling. Jerry DiPaola reports.

>> The Panthers’ hoops schedule includes Duke and Syracuse at the Pete. Nice. Kevin Gorman reports.

>> The Penguins’ roster for the NHL’s rookie tournament is out. Josh Yohe reports on that, as well as Gibsonia’s Brandon Saad bringing home the Stanley Cup.

>> The Riverhounds will have an outdoor viewing party at Highmark Stadium for their playoff match tomorrow night in Orlando, Fla. Matt Grubba previews the USL Pro quarterfinal.

>> The Trib’s unrivaled high school football preview hits the streets this morning in all of Trib Total Media’s member newspapers. The amount of dedication and knowledge that goes into this annual monster can’t be overstated, but here’s hoping you can find a couple quarters for it.

It’s one of the many things that print still does best.

>> Ill join Alan Robinson, Richie Walsh and Bill Phillips on WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word’ Sunday at 11:35 p.m.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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