It was a gloomy grey day in Pittsburgh yesterday, a reflection of the city's mood.
Bad enough the beloved 15-1 Steelers had been thumped 41-27 by the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on Sunday in the AFC Championship.
Now comes word that frustrated wideout Plaxico Burress does not feel he will be back with the team next season.
"Everybody tells me how important I am to the team. But I can't justify that right now," he said. "Just look at the whole season. You saw it. I thought I would have made more of an impact. But that's the game plan."
Burress, a pending free agent, was upset at not being used more. He caught just three passes for 37 yards.
"Three or four balls just doesn't suit me very well."
The Steelers also must deal with the prospect of losing running back Jerome Bettis, who is contemplating retirement.
Meanwhile, rumours persist that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger battled a right thumb injury.
ESPN even quoted a Steelers source as saying the rookie was suffering from a tired arm.