Steelers Look To Get Roster Healthy During Their Bye Week

The Pittsburgh Steelers now head into their bye week following their 34-31 loss Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and hopefully they come out of the backside of it a healthier unit.

While head coach Mike Tomlin did not give any injury updates during his post game press conference, it was obvious that tackle Marcus Gilbert (groin) aggravated his groin injury and that defensive end Ziggy Hood  (leg/knee) suffered some sort of injury to his left leg or knee late in the game. We will not hear from Tomlin until a week from Tuesday, so it is unlikely we will learn more about those two injuries until then.

Linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) are both question marks heading into the bye week. Harrison still has not practiced fully since the Steelers first OTA session this past offseason and he will be nearly 8 weeks removed from his knee procedure by the time the team returns from the bye. Should he not practice fully during the week leading up to the week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, you have to really wonder if he will need another procedure done. Right now all we can do is speculate. One would think that Polamalu should be ready to go after the bye week, but that too is just speculation.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) has been practicing fully for some time now and his season debut very well could come against the Eagles. Todd Haley did say that the running back would be eased into action once he does return, so I wouldn\’t expect him to get a full load right out of the chute. Also back practicing fully now is linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee), who tore his MCL late in training camp. If he is ready following the bye, he would likely be penciled in immediately on special teams in place of Adrian Robinson.

Rookie tackle Mike Adams (back) was inactive against the Raiders with some sort of back injury as he failed to practice late last week as a result of it. Odds are that he will be ready after the bye. Tight end Heath Miller (abdomen) played against the Raiders with some sort of rib cartilage separation and looked no worse for the wear. The extra time off will certainly do him good and the Steelers offense certainly needs him 100%, or close to it.

There has been no update given as of late on rookie guard David DeCastro (knee), but he figures to be several weeks away still from practicing.

  • Jeff

    The scary thing is if we need Harrison & Troy to make our D click, why isn’t anyone being drafted to take their place?

  • Taz43

    Did anyone see Hood get chopped while engaged on that play he got hurt??? The ref saw the whole thing and no flag was thrown!!!! That was just baffling!!!! Watch the replay if you guys don’t believe me….I rewinded my tv n watched it several times….that was a dirty play in my opinion!!!!

  • Jason White

    The Raiders got away with penalty after penalty yesterday. On the long TD run Ike was getting held by DHB. The play Oakland challenged when Heath tried to make a one handed catch his right arm was being held and they got away with it. Ben got hit below the knee and there was no flag. ( Had a steeler done that to Carson every ref would have thrown their flag) Ziggy got chopped and no flag.

  • SteelSpine

    In next draft our 1st & 2nd round picks. Sadly those wont be ready to be starters next year during their first season on any LeBeau defense. The past coupla years’ drafts we had too many other needs that we were really desperate for, especially offensive line. The reason we drafted Ziggy then Heywood is because each of those years the offensive linemen especially the OTs were all picked over by teams drafting ahead of us.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    There was for Harrison but they suck.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If we would have kept Urbix(who starts for the Bills now) we would not have needed DeCastro and would have Hightower which would have solved our ILB problem.

  • Reader783

    A safety has to be drafted in one of the first 3 rounds next year…Mundy can not be a #3 starter in this defense as we’ve seen in Denver and Oakland

  • Reader783

    I thought it was too, but if you remember last year in Week 1 the Ravens did that all game long. I think the rule is that the next down lineman can cut the legs, but I think it’s illegal if the defender is engaged with another lineman, which it appears was happening.

  • Reader783

    That hit on Ben was the cheapest thing I’ve seen in a while. He dove at his legs at least 3 seconds after he let go. Harrison would be suspended 2 games for that.