Steelers Might Promote Practice Squad Tackle Trevis Turner For Sunday

Steelers beat writers Mike Bires and Mark Kaboly reported via Twitter this afternoon that practice squad tackle Trevis Turner has a good chance of being promoted to the active roster this week due to the injuries on the offensive line. Both left tackle Jonathan Scott and right guard Doug Legursky both seem doubtful this week due to injuries suffered Sunday night against the Colts. Both sat out practice again on Thursday. Scott reportedly has a high ankle sprain while Legursky is battling a left shoulder injury. As it stands right now, Trai Essex would likely get the start at left tackle with Ramon Foster getting the nod at right guard. Rookie right tackle Marcus Gilbert is also battling a shoulder injury suffered against the Colts, but is slated to start his third straight game.

Turner was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Abilene Christian and appeared in all four preseason games with the Steelers this year mostly at right tackle. He is 6 foot 7 kid that weighs 330 lbs. If promoted to the 53 man roster the Steelers would need to release someone on the roster to make room. The Steelers could decide to dress and extra lineman this week as they also have Jamon Meredith and Chris Scott still on the active roster and both would likely dress if the injured Scott and Legursky are inactive this week.

  • kevin

    I don’t understand why they need to promote him at all, unless they think he is better than Scott or Meredith. If Legursky and Scott are out, they can still dress 7 lineman. What good is dressing 8 lineman if you are dressing 3 of the 8 who can only play tackle and a tackle with position flexibility and Chris Scott, who is better than a TE at tackle in a pinch. Even assuming the worst and Pouncey leaves the game, you still have Scott as a backup at tackle when Essex moves to center.

  • It was very clear that had the Steelers put a 300 lb statue at left tackle we would have been in better shape. I understand the salary cap issues but Max Starks and Flozell Adams have had success with the Steelers and it almost feels like not bringing one of them back is a slap in the face to the offense and Ben. Mario Williams will have a field day on Sunday

  • kevin

    I just hope that Williams knee is bothering him. I don’t want the guy to get injured, but he already has been injured. An irrational distinction by me, perhaps.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    From my understanding Ray…Max was grossly out of shape…I think w/ his injury plus the lockout didnt do him justice…he made him self a easy cap casulty…as far as Flozell…I believe since we had Colon back there was no reason to pay top dollar for Flo to back up for 4M.