Gilbert Working At Left Tackle, Colon Back Practicing

The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the practice field on Saturday, and with rookie left tackle Mike Adams sidelined with a knee injury that he suffered Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert is getting the first team reps at the left tackle spot to start practice, according to David Todd on Twitter. Gilbert is expected to work at both tackle spots today.

Todd also reports that Willie Colon is back at practice after missing the Thursday night game with an ankle injury and that Ramon Foster, who started in the place of Colon at left guard in his absence, is working today at the first team right tackle spot in place of Gilbert.

Adams is expected to sit out at least this week because of his knee injury, and could miss at least two weeks. Gilbert, the Steelers second round draft pick last year, has said all offseason that if given a choice he would like to play on the left side, his natural position. The Steelers of course added Adams during the draft though and brought back veteran tackle Max Starks just prior to the team reporting to Latrobe for training camp. Gilbert did receive some work on the left side during the offseason practices just to get some snaps there.

Adams is on the field according to Todd with a brace on his injured right knee, but not participating.

Defensive end Cameron Heyard also is back practicing Saturday in addition. Dale Lolley reports that both Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer appear to be out of practice for today. Dwyer suffered a shoulder sprain Thursday night that he said was not serious.

  • Mike.H

    at the Pay Site, fans were praising, clamoring how lite footed & quick Mike Adam was… oops. Dropped the ball there, boys.

  • Itisafineday

    I commented of this on another of the SD articles. Now that Gilbert will have a chance to play left-tackle, he will play well against the Colts. Gilbert wants the left-tackle spot. And, even though I’m not any kind of insider, I’m guessing he wasn’t pleased that he was not truly considered for the position.
    Don’t be surprised Steelers fans, if Gilbert does play well in the next two preseason games (and as long as there are no further injuries) that eventually, Gilbert is the team’s starting left-tackle, and Adams or Starks are moved to the left. More likely, it’s Adams that will move to the right… if he can handle it. I believe the team would rather keep Starks as the back-up to the left-tackle spot.

  • SteelerDave

    Considering the reports on Adams about his run blocking ability, I would not be surprised to see him as our starting RT long term with Gilbert starting LT long term. This might be what is needed to make the best O-line possible for us.

    What I have not read much about is how well Gilbert actually does as a LT. Perhaps we get a good idea in our next preseason game.

    I’m also of the view that perhaps Kugler is not the best O-line coach for today’s NFL. Is a line of Gilbert-Colon-Pouncey-DeCastro-Adams the best? It very could be for the next three to five years.

  • Itisafineday

    Great point/reminder of how some (even the reports that criticized Adams over-all play against the Eagles) mentioned that Adams did well with the run blocking. The O-line-up you’ve posted could (in-time) become special.
    The only possible hesitation I can see is from the Steelers coaches, is they may not be crazy about the idea, of placing two first year players (Adam & DeCastro) next to each other. I’m sure they would have concerns about the communication between the two youngsters.
    As far as Kugler, I can understand why you have doubts. But, it’s real hard to tell if, for example, that in the past few years when the O-line looked bad… was it mostly due to a combination in the lack of talent & injuries? Or, was the play due more-so to poor coaching and the coaching decisions? Regarding who plays each week and at which position.