More Injuries To The Offensive Line For The Steelers

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.

  • SteelerDave

    I could be completely off base here but is not RT the easiest of the O-line positions to step into? Yes, Adams looked pretty bad at times at RT but he never had much if any practice there.

    I’ve felt for a while now that Gilbert should make the move to LT. It is what he wants and he has displayed the talent potential to make a darn good one. Adams I feel is a better fit at RT at this stage of his career as he has shown better run blocking potential than pass blocking. I think the Steelers may have debated such a “double move” but did not want a rookie RG paired alongside a rookie RT.

    Max played overall a decent game but we know what we have in Max at LT and that is overall a poor LT statistically and though I admire his professionalism he both aging and not the same player he may once have been.

    I say let us take what lumps may come now and get this line in order. Gilbert-Colon-Pouncey-DeCastro-Adams by game eight and beyond. That could be a very nice line for at least a few seasons until Colon retires. By then hopefully we will have drafted and groomed a future LG.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Pouncey was our best OL last night but Starks played very very well against a all pro DE….not sure what game u were watching

  • callouswhisper

    Max had a decent game? He basically shut out a top tier OLB with little or no help. That is way above the line. Adams overall played very well considering the situation, he had one truly awful series (one at end of the game) otherwise he showed real progress. Pouncey was solid but Max was far and away best player on oline last night. Max isnt a poor LT dont know where this came from but it isnt true.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    The Left side of the line looked fine last night. Colon had one really bad play that I saw, but seemed to get more comfortable as the game went along. Starks looked good against the competition level he was facing. Pouncey looked great last night.

    Foster didn’t look great, but the move to Legursky looks like it hurts badly.

    Gilbert and Adams was a wash to me. The mistakes that I see mostly with Adams are about technique not about talent.

  • SteelSpine

    Might be time to pick up an old veteran off the street as insurance on the right side of the line, a big mauler type who can only play RT or RG. Alotta times those guys are available because they dont have the feet anymore to start at RT but they are huge enough for it, & they turn out OK at RG. Kinda like what Flozell Adams situation was a few years ago when Cowboys released him.

  • SteelerDave

    I do agree Max played perhaps his best game in a long, long time. What I am saying is that overall he is at the very best and average LT.