Steelers Injured Player Outlook Heading Into Week 8

The Pittsburgh Steelers came out of the Sunday night win over the Cincinnati Bengals without any new injuries that are considered serious and that is good news based on how many starters were down heading into the game.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said during his post game press conference that reserve linebacker Adrian Robinson (concussion) was being evaluated for a concussion that he suffered late in the second half and that safety Will Allen (ankle) rolled an ankle during the game as well. Tomlin did not give any indication that either injury was serious.

Missing the game injured Sunday night were center Maurkice Pouncey (knee), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), running back Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles), running back Isaac Redman (ankle), and linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring).

Gilbert and Polamalu both figure to miss the next game against the Washington Redskins. Pouncey was able to work Thursday and Friday of last week in practice on a limited basis, so there is a chance that he might be ready by Sunday.

The way that running back Jonathan Dwyer played Sunday night against the Bengals might very well tempt the Steelers to sit both Mendenhall and Redman one more week, but if either can practice fully this upcoming week, you have to think that at least one of them will suit up. The Steelers will likely only dress four running backs at most for that game, so the practice reports should tell us everything we need to know concerning that situation.

Carter is once again battling a hamstring injury. He missed several games as a rookie because one, so he figures to be questionable right now heading into this week.

The Steelers currently have an open spot on their practice squad following the Saturday promotion to the 53 man roster of offensive lineman John Malecki. Defensive end Corbin Bryant, who was released on Saturday to make room for Malecki, might be the player signed back to the practice squad on Tuesday to fill the open spot.

  • Ahmad

    Given Dwyer’s performance last night, do you think that once Mendy and Redman come back that Batch will be the one headed to the inactive list? Batch has been great in blitz pickup but terrible at running the ball whereas Dwyer has been good at both.

  • Amazing what happens when the entire O-line that starts the game ends the game. I no longer have any reservations about having two rookies on the line when Decastro returns. Gilbert (when healthy) may end up being the Swing Tackle backing up Starks and Adams and I am fine with that…

  • Vic

    I say start Adams. He is hungry to play. I know he is still learning, but from what I have he’s more aggressive . I never been big on Gilbert he plays soft and lazy. Just look at the guy he looks lazy and plays with no heart. He showed up to training camp over weight and then got benched for falling a sleep in the meeting room. If Adams has another good game next week Tomlin better keep Adams as a starter

  • Before we praise Adams too much, let’s remember that he had a lot of help from Heath Miller all night. While his run blocking is improving (and was fantastic during Rainey’s TD run), his pass blocking is not in Gilbert’s league yet. Looks like Gilbert may be out another week, so we’ll get another look at Adams next week. Redskins having injury issues of their own as they lost their TE Davis for the year yesterday and Fletcher got banged up too.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Couldn’t agree more with you and don’t forget his hands of stone!