Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin noted just two injured players during his post game press conference following the 31-19 loss to the Denver Broncos and they were right guard Ramon Foster and right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Tomlin said that Foster suffered an eye injury of some sorts and that Gilbert suffered a hyperextended knee in the game. The injury to Gilbert isn\’t expected to be serious, but we likely won\’t know more about his status until Tomlin meets the media again on Tuesday.
With those two injuries happening in the first half, Doug Legursky and rookie Mike Adams were forced into the game. The Steelers chose not to dress rookie Kelvin Beachum for the game, but that was not unusual as Tomlin generally only chooses to dress 7 offensive linemen on game day.
The Steelers lost rookie right guard David DeCastro for an extended period of time to a knee injury during the preseason, so once again we could see some juggling on the starting offensive line depending on the status of both Foster and Gilbert for the week 2 game against the New York Jets. Last year the Steelers were forced to start several different line combinations throughout the season due to injuries and hopefully we do not see a repeat of that.
Although not mentioned in the Tomlin post game press conference, wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown both took shots to their heads in the game against the Broncos that forced each to miss some plays.
Linebackers James Harrison and Stevenson Sylvester missed the game due knee problems and it is unclear if both will be ready for the game against the Jets. On a positive note, linebacker Jason Worilds did suit up and play in the game Sunday night after missing all of training camp and the preseason recovering from postseason wrist surgery.