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‘Life goes on’ for Steelers CB Artie Burns after benching

November 23, 2018

Artie Burns was back getting first-team practice reps at right cornerback Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers former first-round pick confirmed.

Burns also confirmed he was late for the walkthrough Saturday, which led to coach Mike Tomlin benching him during Sunday’s win against the Cleveland Browns.

“You got the story,” Burns said.

Burns also was asked if he was “just a little” late.

“You got the story,” he said.

By the fourth inquiry relating to Saturday, Burns went from merely short to seemingly agitated.

“You’re asking me questions that you all already know,” Burns said. “C’mon now.”

And so went most of an 87-second session between Burns and reporters. During that time, Burns was asked 13 questions. He gave one-word answers five times and eight times replied with just a phrase.

A sampling:

Was it tough watching the Steelers defense from the sidelines Sunday?

“It is what it is, you know? Life goes on.”

Now that it’s over, is everything back to normal with a clean slate in which he’s in Tomlin’s good graces?

“I guess so. I don’t know what to say. I mean, I guess so.”

In light of Tomlin and team defensive captain Cameron Heyward complimenting him in recent days, does Burns feel supported by his team and organization?

“Yeah.”

Is that helpful during a period in his career in which he first lost his everydown role in lieu of a rotation with Coty Sensabaugh but since has been benched in favor of the seven-year veteran?

“Yeah.”

What does Burns feel he needs to show before he has earned back his starting and/or everydown role?

“I don’t know. I don’t know. You are asking me questions like I am a coach or something.”

Tomlin and Burns shared a joke and a laugh in the locker room after practice and about five minutes after Burns’ abbreviated media session Wednesday.

The first-team reps Burns received might have been because Sensabaugh did not practice because of a toe injury suffered during the second half Sunday. Cameron Sutton replaced Sensabaugh for the remainder of that game.

Burns had started 29 consecutive Steelers games since his first, Nov. 6 of his rookie 2016 season, through Week 2 of this season.

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