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First Call: Former Steeler may become a Patriot, another tears ACL

Tim Benz
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Steelers receiver Justin Hunter makes a leaping catch over the Panthers’ Rashaan Gaulden (28) and Christian McCaffrey in the first quarter Thursday Aug. 30 2018 at Heinz Field

In “First Call” Wednesday, one former Steeler may become a Patriot. Another is out for the year. A baby shark. A sinkhole horse. And a second cycle.

New life in New England?

Pittsburgh Steelers fans kept waiting for athletic wide receiver Justin Hunter to morph into a decent weapon for Ben Roethlisberger.

It never happened.

In two years, Hunter played in just 12 games and managed only seven receptions for 44 yards.

Maybe Tom Brady will get more out of him.

The Patriots worked out Hunter after Julian Edelman suffered a thumb injury. ESPN reports that the Patriots also looked at Nick Williams, Papi White and Travin Dural.

Keep in mind the Steelers play the Patriots Week 1.

Former Steeler shelved

J.J. Wilcox had a forgettable run with the Steelers in 2017.

His time in Atlanta has gotten off to an even worse start. The safety suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on the first day of training camp Monday.

The Falcons have placed him on injured reserve. So his season has ended before it really began.

Wilcox hoped to earn a roster spot and playing time in Atlanta after playing with the Jets and Colts a season ago.

Now this is a comeback story

A 6-year-old race horse named Mr. Changue had quite the bounce back.

He won a race at Fort Erie Race Track on Tuesday in Ontario, Canada. That’s less than two weeks removed from being swallowed by a sinkhole.

He was just grazing when the ground opened up underneath him. Rescue workers were able to save Mr. Changue relatively unharmed. Then he barreled to victory under jockey Kirk Johnson in the undercard for the Prince of Wales Stakes.

Four for Trea

Washington’s Trea Turner hit for the cycle Tuesday night. He did so against the Rockies during an 11-1 win.

For the second time.

That’s right. Two cycles against the same opponent.

Turner’s previous cycle against the Rockies occurred in 2017 at Coors Field.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Turner is just the third player in MLB history to hit for the cycle multiple times against one team. Former Pirate Fred Clarke did that to the Reds in 1901 and 1903. Reigning MVP Christian Yelich did it twice against the Reds last year.

Make it end

The baby shark phenomenon just won’t stop.

Gerardo Parra of the Nationals used the way-too-catchy kids song as his walk-up music. And look at what happened.

By the way, if you can’t get enough, Baby Shark is coming live to the Benedum in November.

Run now. Save yourselves.

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