Report: Ike Taylor Could Miss 2-6 Weeks With Fibula Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after the 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens that starting cornerback Ike Taylor suffered a right lower leg or ankle injury early in the game and that further test would be needed to determine the seriousness of it.

Mike Florio of PFT is now reporting that he was told by a source that Taylor suffered a right fibula injury that could sideline him anywhere between 2-6 weeks. Taylor never returned to the game after leaving during the Steelers first defensive series and was shown wearing a boot on his right ankle and lower leg later in the game.

Taylor hasn’t missed a game since 2004 and was even ready last season for the opener against the Ravens after breaking his thumb in the first preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

Taylor was replaced by second-year cornerback Cortez Allen in the base defense with second-year cornerback Curtis Brown playing outside when the Steelers went into their nickel package and Allen slid into the slot role.

Tomlin will update the condition of Taylor during his Tuesday press conference.

  • JT

    I don’t care how well Cortez is playing, this is bad news. Not the injury you want to a starter in December.

  • Lamarr56

    Shit, this is not good at all. We need him back soon to make the playoffs and be productive in them.

  • Matt Lipner

    Strange description for the injury unless it is a fracture or stress fracture.

  • Jason White

    I hate the injury to Ike but I will say Curtis Brown impressed me tonight. I’d like to see Cortez get his hips turned around quicker than he did on a couple plays but he will get more reps with Ike being down. I’d like to see Ike be back for week 16 against the Bengals cause he seems to have a knack for shutting down AJ Green. But I am very confident in all our corners. That is something we couldn’t say a couple years ago.

  • PoKey21

    The Taylor Loss is really going to hurt. Had to work and didnt get to see the game, but it will be up to Brown and Allen to step up. 1 of the 2 needs to step in BIG and fill the corner until the playoffs most likely. The other will be used in nickel all the time. Brown and Allen will both see serious increases in their PT. Sad to say this but the injury to Ike may help make the steelers decision next year on whether to keep him or not. It gives them a great chance to see if either Brown or Allen can handle the starting corner position.

    I think the biggest problem with this injury is that it turns a first year starter in Lewis into the guy who gets to play the other teams Top receiver. In the next 3 weeks he gets to cover Malcom Floydd who is 5 inches taller, Miles Austin, and AJ Green. Thats a tough job for any corner, let alone someone who is in his first full season as a starting cornerback!

  • Chris92021

    First, get well Ike. Second, never EVER listen to Florio. I would listen to the homeless guy living under the bridge before I listen to Florio. Third, this will give us a chance to see what Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown have. I was excited about how Tez played today and Curtis looked aggressive. If Ike can’t go for a while, I think we can manage. Hell, we’ve had how many injuries so far?? What’s one more?

  • Cody Younkin

    Cortez Allen is way better than ike taylor who is old and too slow. Allen has the speed to make up for where is young amount of technique slips. He is also physical and is more of a threat to pick the ball off. His almost interception play was great, if that was taylor he would been back at the 5yrd line watching smith score a touchdown. Allen should be the starter next year and dump taylor to the curb!

  • Jason White

    You’re kidding right. Ever since the Titans game Ike has been playing lights out. He has been a shutdown corner since then. AJ Green who torches everyone but only mustered 1 catch on Ike. Though it was for a touchdown he was kept from taking over the game. I’d rather enjoy the luxury of having one of the best CB groups in the league which includes Ike.

  • NW86

    What a ridiculous post. Ike goes one on one on the team’s best each and every week and routinely shuts them down. He is one of the best true cover CB’s in the NFL.

  • steeltown

    While I like Cortez Allen, Ike is still a great CB, he had maybe 2-3 bad games in the last two seasons, but other than that he covers #1 WR’s week in and week out and does it pretty consistantly. He has lost a step due to age, but I think he has atleast one more good year in him. Cortez is basically an Ike Taylor clone at 6’1 – 6’2 195lbs and I’m glad him and C.Brown are getting some valuable playing time, but not at the expense of Ike

  • steeltown

    Hopefully he’s back in 2weeks

  • alex

    time again to man up for a playoff run…Ben and Colon back next week, Adams back then next, and then Ike in a month…with this D killing it and Ben back, 11-5 is a real possibility, then a hot streak on the road in the playoffs like 2005…!

  • Pete

    I hope Taylor gets healthy soon but I’m confident in the young corners in the Steelers stable. I think we have a great young crew. We’ll do fine until Taylor returns.

  • It’s time for new blood out there. Ike T than outlasted better corners than him. It’s time to move on.