On Wednesday Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey told the media that right tackle Marcus Gilbert could be out for an extended period time as he recovers from a tendon injury suffered in the loss to the Tennessee Titans this past Thursday, but Gilbert has now chimed in to say that he will not be out that long.
“He\’s going to miss a significant amount of time, maybe up to six weeks, said Pouncey. “I don\’t think it\’s season ending, but we\’ve got to give him time to heal and get his body right.”
Later on Wednesday Gilbert took to Twitter to dispute the comments made by his teammate. The Gilbert tweet read: “I will not be out for 2 months, ill back really really soon!”
I will not be out for 2 months, ill back really really soon!
— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) October 17, 2012
Gilbert flew to North Carolina on Monday to see a specialist about his injured ankle, which apparently will not need surgery. Head coach Mike Tomlin talked about the status of Gilbert on Tuesday during his press conference and said that the tackle is week-to-week right now.
“He has a tendon injury in his ankle,” said Tomlin about Gilbert. “It does not require surgery. He is week to week. He will be out this week. But it was a positive meeting in that the injury does not require surgery.”
Perhaps Pouncey was just having fun with the media or perhaps he really thinks that Gilbert will could be sidelined for that long. Tomlin ruled the second-year tackle out for the Sunday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals and that is about the only thing that is certain at this point. At least the tendon did not need surgery, so there\’s that.