Either way, the preseason is ending without anything resembling excitement or momentum.
It'll get better in Denver.
It has to, right?
It certainly can't get any more mundane than it is right now on the South Side.
The No. 1 pick was here, but he was lying on a training table with his right leg wrapped up like the Michelin man.
The No. 1 receiver still wasn't anywhere to be found at the practice facility, but the other receivers continued to talk enthusiastically about Mike Wallace's impending arrival.
And the No. 1 story generated by the roster cut to 75 was the semi-embattled veteran kicker and the veteran long-snapper surviving for another season.
The offensive line should still be better this season, even without David DeCastro. Willie Colon should be a vast improvement over Chris Kemoeatu. Marcus Gilbert should be better in his second season than he was in his first. And even Maurkice Pouncey might still have some as-yet-unattained upside.
But Steeler Nation can and should be forgiven for succumbing to a temporary state of depression upon realizing that neither DeCastro nor Mike Adams will be drastically impacting and upgrading the offensive line this season after all.
In retrospect, it's been a lot of wasted anticipation since the draft, hasn't it?
The same can be said for the Wallace saga at present, although that figures to resolve itself long before DeCastro and/or Adams make their mark up front.
Wonder what the receivers will talk about when they can no longer speak about/for Wallace?
"He's excited," Antonio Brown insisted. "It's special to be here and he definitely knows that and appreciates that. He's ready to get back to work and embark on a championship."
I forgot to ask if Wallace is still fast and if he still has his helmet on.
Somebody get Tom Shaw on the phone, stat.
Monday also delivered a correction from Ben Roethlisberger, posted on his website.
"In my post-game interview on Saturday, when asked about the knee injury David DeCastro suffered, I mistakenly referred to the artificial grass in Buffalo as FieldTurf," Roethlisberger's statement read. "My intention was only to say I believe real grass is the safest surface for football."
Glad we got that cleared up.
It's always better to be on grass – unless you're Santonio Holmes or Adams.
As for the linebackers, the Steelers continue to proceed under the assumption that they'll have enough of those to take on The Great Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos in Denver. But it remains to be seen in several cases as to the eventual identities of those players.
For the record, James Harrison once again did not rule himself out on Monday.
"No, I didn't say that," Harrison insisted.
Of course, he didn't rule himself in, either.
As for Jason Worilds "right now it's still day to day," he said.
It's been that way since July 25. Why should today be any different?
Worilds was either continuing to conceal any details regarding his condition as per Mike Tomlin's orders or genuinely befuddled.
Sean Lee is probably a better interview, too, although, intentionally or otherwise Worilds may just have stumbled upon an inconvenient truth.
In a manner of speaking, we're all day to day.
It's just not all of us are supposed to play outside linebacker for the Steelers when Harrison can't.
"I mean, it's frustrating," Worilds continued, "but you can't wish away time."
Were that only possible it would be Sept. 9 tomorrow.