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PLAYER OF THE WEEK:BUD DUPREE
BY BOB LABRIOLA
BUD DUPREE: Player of the week
He didn’t block Adam Vinatieri’s attempt at a 43-yard field goal to give the Colts a lead with 74 seconds left in the game, but he did make it more difficult.
Bud Dupree finished the game with three tack-les, including two for loss, plus two sacks, three hits on the quarterback, and a forced fumble that he recovered himself for one of the Steelers’ three takeaways in the game. And one of Dupree’s tack-les for loss came on a third-and-1 from the Steelers’ 22-yard line with 1:20 remaining. When the Colts handed the ball to Marlon Mack and Dupree stopped him for a 3-yard loss, he lengthened Vinatieri’s field goal attempt and prevented the Colts from bleeding more time off the clock. When Vinatieri missed the kick, the Steelers escaped with a 26-24 victory over the Colts at Heinz Field.
Dupree is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.