Four Out Of Five Starting Steelers Linemen Are Wearing Knee Braces

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started their training camp practice and while the offensive linemen were going through their drills, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review noted on twitter that four of the five starting offensive linemen were wearing knee braces. The only lineman not wearing knee braces is right tackle Mike Adams, according to his report.

This very well might be the norm during practice for Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert, David DeCastro and Ramon Foster, but being as Kaboly pointed it, it could be an extra attempt by the four to further protect themselves from a serious knee injury. A lot of offensive linemen have said in the past they prefer not to wear knee braces, especially during games, as it restricts their ability to move. For lineman that have had serious knee injuries in the past, however, such is the case with DeCastro, it\’s a little more common.

On Sunday afternoon it was reported that Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen went down in practice with a knee injury and now Jeff Legwold reports that he indeed suffered a torn ACL. It\’s just another sobering reminder of how quickly a player can be lost for the season even in practice, let alone in a game.

Maybe Kaboly will follow up the knee brace story with the Steelers offensive linemen and get their thoughts on their decisions to wear them. I think it would be unique angle that hasn\’t been covered in a while, especially not with the Steelers.

Who knows, maybe they are just wearing them to protect themselves from Gilbert and Gilbert just followed suit. I\’m kidding, I\’m kidding.

ETA: I had forgotten that Kaboly actually did a story on knee braces last year. If you missed it, here it is.

  • Shea Fahr

    I think most if not all College Linemen do this as well. I am glad they are doing it as long as they are still just as mobile.

  • Mike Sweeney

    I say, the big guys should take up yoga, for better flexibility. They’ll be fine. It’s summer, for pete sakes.

  • woundedvet

    Given the rash of injuries to our o line last year the coaches are smart to make any change they can this year & this precaution is probably one of them. Good idea.

  • DoctorNoah

    Yoga’s not a bad idea, and neither are knee braces, but neither has any likelihood of reducing the incidence of knee injuries in lineman. If your foot is planted and someone rolls into you, that’s it. Read the literature on bracing after ACL and it’s so meh that a number of insurers won’t even pay for them.

  • charles

    Dave, do you think Gilbert is a plant by the Cravens? Chuckle chuckle. Maybe we can turn this into a weapon against them?…

  • SteelersDepot

    I have no idea who the Cravens are.

  • Guest

    I agree. He(Gilbert) took out Pouncey in Cincy in 2011 and rolled into Decastro in the preseason in Buffalo last year.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I think they should use the brace. A slightly slower lineman is better than no lineman.

  • steeltown

    Good, nothing wrong with taking precautions

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  • Steeler Wheeler

    OH NO! Did you just seal Adams’ fate? Put him on IR now and start working on his replacement.