The Jason Worilds Mystery Continues On

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds continues to be a huge mystery as to what his availability will be to start the season. Because of his offseason wrist surgery, and failure to be able to practice during any of the offseason programs, I was not terribly surprised that he started training camp off on the Active PUP list. What I do find a bit surprising, though, is that with camp scheduled to break on Friday, Worilds has still yet to removed from the list.

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review told me this week on an episode of the wrap up podcast that Worilds seems to be a bit miffed as to why he isn\’t participating yet as well. Of course he might not be as healthy as he thinks he is, but something is just not adding up here.

On Wednesday head coach Mike Tomlin stated that Worilds is still week-to-week. Linebackers coach Keith Butler told my co-host David Todd a short time ago, that despite Worilds being able to work on the side and appearing to be in good physical shape, that he needs to get on the field and get reps.

With James Harrison having his left knee scoped on Wednesday, he most likely will not be able to play in any of the preseason games. There are rumblings that he might not be ready for the opening Sunday night game in Denver as well, but that is still several weeks away.

With the above said, are the Steelers just keeping Worilds on ice as long as possible with the wrist? Will they turn him loose next week after the Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts so he can at least get two weeks in prior to the start of the season? Is the wrist just not healed yet? Are they keeping him sidelined to avoid a season ending injury so they can release him once Harrison returns to health?

The above questions are what everyone is asking right now that nobody has the answers to. Cutting Worilds only saves $540,000 against the cap, but none of that matters if they just do not think he is worthy of making the roster.

Hopefully the mystery of Worilds becomes a little clearer as soon as next week, but I have a feeling it wont.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Maybe time to flush this guy?

  • Koleman Dudek

    I can’t see them cutting ways with Worild’s this early… He has a decent amount of upside, plus he can play special teams. While I thought they should have given Bruce Davis another chance also, hopefully he doesn’t follow the same path.

  • WilliamSekinger

    It’s time. He’s had more than his share of chances. He’s literally been injured the entire time he’s been with the team. God forbid they give him 1 last chance and he gets injured again in his first game back, and ends up with yet another injury settlement.

  • Mike.H

    May be Woriids used a cup as listening device and heard what was said in coaches’ closed door meeting… ouch.

  • “…so they can release him once Harrison returns to health”…I’d be shocked and dissapointed. If you’re gonna reach for this guy in the 2nd round (ahead of Bowman), try to squeeze all there is in him, more so if his salary cap hit is minimal and the team does not have a proven backup behind a 34yr old starter with recent back issues.

  • Koleman Dudek

    I think this may be a little over the top.. While he has been injured a good bit, he still has 26 games to his credit in 2 years.. not that bad. Don’t be so harsh on him, he could end up being the next great ROLB once James leaves the throne.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Perhaps it is a little over the top. It just seems like whenever the team needs Worilds to step in, he’s hurt. He’s a 2nd round pick, and in over 500 defensive snaps last year, he recorded 38 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Not the best performance. This is his third year and he needs to show something, or he’s not going to be around much longer.

  • neithborhooddrunk

    they’re not sold on Worilds. they hope that Harrison replacement will be either C.Carter,A.Roberson, or B.Johnson. If not, then they’ll draft one in the first three rounds(Jarvis Jones,Barkevious Mingo,Brandon Jenkins,
    Alex Okafor,Sean Porter,Chase Thomas, and Gerald Hodges).

  • Shannon Stephenson

    To soon to cut him…he does seem to have some upside…his health is a issue but we shall see…it is weird but maybe they are worried if he reinjure his wrist we maybe out both Harrison and Worlids…maybe we are being overly cautious