Mike Tomlin Will Consider Adding A Practice Squad Wide Receiver Later This Week

On Monday we speculated that the Pittsburgh Steelers might have to make a roster move at the end of the week because of the ankle injury suffered by starting wide receiver Antonio Brown in the win Sunday over the New York Giants.

During his Tuesday press conference head coach Mike Tomlin termed Brown as doubtful for the game Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs and he was asked if indeed there is a chance that a roster move might be forthcoming.

“Potentially,” said Tomlin. “And one of the things about offense, and offensive personnel groups, you dictate what it is that you choose to use, so obviously that\’s something that we\’ll consider, but definitely not something that is a necessity at this point.”

Judging by the comments made by Tomlin, a potential roster move is not a slam dunk right now. The obvious addition, if indeed a move is to be made, would be practice squad wide receiver David Gilreath, who had 5 catches for 78 yards in limited preseason action.

The addition of Gilreath would also provide the Steelers with another capable return man as the former Wisconsin product can return both punts and kickoffs should the emergency need arise.

With Brown likely to be out and running back Chris Rainey still recovering from a rib injury suffered Sunday, the return duties will be in the hands of Emmanuel Sanders, who returned 3 punts for 76 yards on Sunday after both Brown and Rainey exited the game.

Tomlin did note on Tuesday that both Mike Wallace and Jerricho Cotchery are capable return men should the need arise against the Chiefs.

For now it will be a guessing game as to whether or not that roster move comes to fruition, but it should not be a surprise if one is not made.

  • Shall we give Charlie Batch the weekend off? I would hate to lose Sanders or Wallace on a return. Punt returns for us should be plentiful in this game!! Bring on Gilreath for the week.

  • Brendon Glad

    As long as I don’t see the words Lis and Franc in the same sentence with Antonio brown, I’m gonna consider us lucky…cuz AB had me very worried when he limped off.

  • Douglas Andrews

    AB did just fine returning punts i’m good with Sanders n Punt Returns its the Kick Returns that make me alittle nervous

  • Brendon Glad

    Its nice to have the luxury of a Guy like Charlie batch, isn’t it…a pure Steeler through and through who does nothing but deliver every single time its needed, but is willing to drop off for a week and even retire if some rogue team tries to get cute and claim him. I love him…but that said, I will be upset if we cut Robinson or van dyke to bring up the wr that may be needed…unless it works out, of course. I hated cutting redmon twice too…but it worked out. Still would prefer the wink-wink release of Charlie if he’s cool with it

  • Brendon Glad

    And I forgot about how he’s vested veteran that can’t be claimed on waivers apparently. I learned that from the great info on here…all the more reason for the wink-wink if its needed