You certainly don\’t like to hear about a starting offensive linemen needing to be carted off the field after a conditioning run test, but that is exactly what happened to Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert on Friday.
While it is easy to suggest that Gilbert wasn\’t in shape, he did pass the test in the eyes of head coach Mike Tomlin. If he hadn\’t, Tomlin would have put him on the PUP list until he could pass it.
According to a Saturday video report by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gilbert was doubled-over in pain following the run because he was suffering from body cramps.
Perhaps Gilbert didn\’t hydrate himself properly prior to running, but until he discusses the incident with the rest of the media, we can only speculate that was the cause of his distress.
According to Mike Prisuta of DVE Radio, Gilbert was on the field practicing Saturday as the first team left tackle without any problems.
In addition to Gilbert, Mike Adams, who Tomlin said on Friday had been cleared to resume practicing, took his share of first-team reps at the right tackle position.