Stewart didn't have a head trauma like Maddox, but he did have the starting quarterback job ripped out from under him after two poor starts to begin the season. Given Stewart's fragile psyche, you have to wonder how ready he is to take over again, even if it is for just a few weeks.
Then again, at this point, Stewart has nothing to lose and everything to gain by coming out and playing well. The Steelers will release Stewart at the end of this season rather than pay him a $7-million salary.
But if Stewart plays well, he will still be able to command a pretty good salary on the open market. So now the Steelers have a quarterback playing for a contract.
It also doesn't hurt that Stewart played very well in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss, completing 13-of-17 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Sure, the Titans were in a prevent defense, but Stewart also made some very nice downfield throws, especially on the two touchdown passes.
And you have to love the irony of the fact that the very fans who wrote Stewart off earlier in this season will now be forced to see the team's playoff hopes rest upon his shoulders again this season.
The injury to Maddox was horrific, but the Steelers are fortunate enough to have two very capable backups - don't forget about Charlie Batch - behind him. Think the Philadelphia Eagles wouldn't mind having one of the two Steelers backups right now?
Here are some more thoughts from a writer who achieved his goal of a night out on the town in Nashville without hearing the twang of a single country song:
Considering the way the team was struggling to run the ball, a reverse here or there to Hines Ward or Antwaan Randle El may have been a big help.
I wonder what Norm Johnson is doing right now?
Are the Steelers a great team? Nope.
But they have a lot of the same problems other teams do. Believe it or not, they are still one of the top five or six teams in the league.
Eddie George had two rushing touchdowns, but he also had just 79 yards on 28 carries, an average of 2.8 yards per attempt. That is not a good rushing day.
The Titans game plan looked like it called for George to run on first and second downs for one-yard each and then for McNair to convert a third-and-eight.
Come to think of it, given how the Steelers' dime package has played, that's not a bad game plan.