Report: Steelers CB Curtis Brown Carted Off Monday With Ankle Injury (Now On Crutches)

The Pittsburgh Steelers just can\’t seem to keep cornerbacks on the field during training camp and another one went down on Monday as Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter that third-year cornerback Curtis Brown suffered an ankle injury while defending a pass during the two-minute drill session.

Kaboly goes on to say that Brown was taken from the field on a cart for further examination.

The Steelers are already down starter Cortez Allen (knee), who needed minor surgery last Friday on a knee of his that he injured during the first practice of training camp. Also sidelined at the cornerback position are DeMarcus Van Dyke (hamstring) and rookie Terry Hawthorne (knee).

Brown, a special teams ace during his first two years in the league after being selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, has yet to excel on the defensive side of the ball. There were hopes the extra reps he would receive in practice this year with Allen down would give him a chance to develop a little more, but now this latest injury might keep him off the field for a while depending on the severity of it.

Head coach Mike Tomlin will likely update Brown\’s status at the conclusion of the Monday practice.

ETA: Tomlin said after practice that Brown has an ankle of some description and that he will be evaluated.

ETA II: Jim Wexell reports Brown is on crutches after practice.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Son of a…

    Well, thankfully Allen WILL be back before long, and we have to hope that Hawthorne can get out there soon to get some reps. And maybe…just MAYBE this ankle thing isn’t too serious for Curtis? I, for one, have never been more thankful for Shamarko’s position flexibility. They say he has experience covering in the slot. And we may need him there.

  • Ahmad

    Dag we just can’t catch a break. I think Victorian is next in the pecking order so lets see what he can do in the nickel.

  • falconsaftey43

    I do believe that it is officially time to worry about the CBs. Hopefully some of these guys can come back soon.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I would not count on Hawthorne doing anything on defense this year. As far as position flexibiliy goes, don’t forget that Golden can play the slot too. Hell, Polamalu plays the slot at times.

  • hergieburbur

    Damn! They are dropping like Ike drops interceptions.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Don’t worry guys. We have Willie Gay. We didn’t “need” Keenan Lewis because we have Cortez Allen. Remember? Plus we couldn’t “fit Lewis in structurally”.

    Meanwhile we have $4.5 million in cap space. With no decent back up CB. And no decent back up LT. (Because we let Starks walk too).

    Sometimes injuries are just bad luck. They happen. But when you make foolish decisions on depth, some of that blame has to fall on management.

    You don’t have room to sign Wallace? That’s fine. You have injury concerns with Mendenhall? That’s fine too. But to let a healthy Starks and healthy Lewis walk at those very reasonable salaries is just poor management.

  • steeltown


    Well, I think Victorian and Isaiah Green will most definitely get some good reps now. Even if C.Brown does return in a few weeks time, he may have missed his opportunity. He was already on a short leash missing more time will not help his cause.. I guess we’ll see…

    I’ll be happy when C.Allen is participating again, even just limited participation.. same goes for Hawthorne

  • SteelersDepot

    You know there is a thing called the cap, right? Looking over your replies it sure seems you like to do nothing but troll. Is my assessment correct?

  • SteelersDepot
  • Chris S

    Starks left because he wanted to be a starter…he wouldn’t have gotten that here the Steelers spent 2 high picks on OT’s recently and the writing was on the wall. So he went somewhere that he could start. This was his decision not the teams.

    And while we all are well aware of the Lewis situation and the reasoning…he also wanted to go home (to LA) which he did. Could they have maybe re-sign him…possibly…but possibly not…while they may have 4.5 mil in cap space…it doesn’t mean that will be that way in the near future…they have to work on re-signing guys…plus leave a little emergency money/etc. And who says that even if they did re-sign Lewis…that he wouldnt be hurt/banged up now too just like the rest?

    Coulda…woulda…shoulda….time to move on…it sucks loosing key players but its part of the game…things will be fine.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I promise I’m not a troll. I’m an avid Steelers fan. I love this site and greatly appreciate the work you do. But I do try to tell the truth (as I see it) and I realize sometimes my writing comes across a bit harsh. I will try to post more positive thoughts as well moving forward.

    As for the salary cap, there are few teams that manage their cap better than the Steelers. And few teams that draft/develop players better than the Steelers. That’s why it’s so frustrating to me when they make glaring errors (in my view).

    Ike Taylor is probably my favorite Steeler. But it is my opinion that the better decision was to keep Lewis and Allen as our two starting CB’s of the future. I believe we could’ve signed Lewis to a reasonable salary this year, with his bigger payments in future years with Ike and Polamalu off the books.

    I know you and I disagree on Willie Gay. I’m not rooting against him. I HOPE he plays well for us this year. He has a great heart. I just don’t believe he has the physical ability to stop NFL caliber receivers.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I believe our best starting line up would’ve been:

    Starks (LT)
    Gilbert (LG)
    Pouncey (C)
    DeCastro (RG)
    Adams (RT)

    with Beachum (OC/RT) and Foster (OG/RT) as our top backups. And if we didn’t want to spend that much money on Foster, then we find a cheaper option to save some “Lewis money” there.

    Starks is not that old yet. He’s healthier than he’s been in a while. He wanted to retire as a Steeler. He signed for relatively cheap. I think we should’ve kept him as our starting LT. Now if he gets hurt (or can’t perform up to par) we still have other options with Adams or Gilbert. Again, just my opinion.

  • Shea Fahr

    I appreciate your passion/trolling passion or what ever it may be but you really just topped the month of August as the most ridiculous comment of the month to me personally so Congrats!!!!

  • Steeldave

    Really Dave. So if someone comments on how they see things you dont agree with you call them a troll. Remember Dave theres no I in team but two in idiot

  • Shea Fahr

    I quite frankly do not really care what you, Dave or anyone else thinks but at least BACK your comments up with FACTS. That really is not too much to ask is it?? Go Steelers!

  • Shea Fahr

    Yes and I would think that Thomas is probably getting some slot work now as well.

  • dgh57

    Another reason Starks wasn’t resigned was because of the move to this new ZBS. Starks isn’t mobile enough out in space for him to be used at LT in that scheme. Do you really think Gilbert can play LG a position he has never played before? Guards are required to pull and I doubt he has the stamina to play the position. Remember the endurance test he failed? The only experience Beachum has at Center is the few snaps he took this past OTAs and he said he was having problems with the snap! So in no way is he ready to play Center as Joe Madsen will most likely be the guy.

  • GoSteelerz

    I liked the film of that Ryan Steed guy they picked up. He had good fundamentals, tackling, and ball skills in the highlights they showed. Maybe he can get some reps and impress a bit. With Brown, Van Dyke, and Hawthorne out for who knows how long, that frees up time and opportunity to Victorian, Green, and guys like Steed. We will see. I always like to see guys from smaller schools, guys no one expects to do anything, I like seeing those kind of guys become special and do great things. I hope we have some guys like that on this 90 man roster. We could use them in several spots, in particular the O-line and secondary.

  • Bell Cow

    Calm down Dave. Allow the guy to express his opinions without being called a troll. Your articles are good but you and your writers are so quick to get defesive when someone even remotely disagrees or displays any negativity.

  • walter mason

    It would have been great to sign Starks but he wanted a chance to start. But couldnt they have given him that chance and let the best man win?

    It appears that Lewis wanted out. I wish we could have kept him but he would have demanded more money from the Steelers.

    It was a good move to sign Gay when we realized we were losing Lewis.

  • walter mason

    Your statement is true but Dave is the best so he can get away with it lol. Its his style.

  • Edward Nestor

    Steeler management the worst in the league. If not for luck and some players that gave there hearts because of the fans the Steelers would still be celler swellers. They have no depth this year and they four or five guys making all the money and there all a nick from warming the bench for the year. Very lucky to go eight and eight. Ashamed that they didn’t have the pieces for Ben to win a bunch more Super Bowls. There scouting system must be terrible. The Ravern’s out class us with Ozzie his system.

  • SteelersDepot

    What a piece of work you are!

  • Pete

    I didn’t read all the posts here but they decided not to resign Starks because they didn’t feel he was a good fit for the new offense which will run more outside zone blocking assignments which require athletic and mobile linemen, Management is hoping the tackles Gilbert and/or Adams are able to provide the protection Ben needs this season. Also, don’t forget that Starks would not have stayed unless he was a starter and Adams and Gilbert promise to be better this year as they move across the learning curve,

    Lewis is gone because they felt they have a cheaper alternative in Allen and is as good or better than Lewis. We’ll have to wait to see how this all plays out before we can make any judgements.

  • mlc43

    Good Lord, man. Overreact much? Injuries happen. Have the Steelers been a little unlucky with them? Yes, a little. Still, to go flying off the handle like this is a little crazy. Chill out and at least wait until the season starts before you doom us to that Cellar Dweller 8-8 season, LMAO. Wow.

  • Pete

    Relax dude, The season hasn’t started yet and training camp has just begun, There’s a lot of time left for things to sort themselves out. There are very few teams in the league with as good a management group as the Steelers. Profootballfocus rates their drafts in the top 5 teams over the last decade. I have no idea how the season will work out but read a bit more about your team if you are a true fan. You’ll find that the Steelers are special in many ways.

  • Kolie Oak

    Your an idiot.
    8-8, the only way that happens is more injuries. So congrats on jinxing our beloved Steelers…
    By the way Jarvis, LeVeon, and Markus just might go down as the best top 3 picks in a LONG time!!!!!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Glad to amuse you. I feel Starks was our most consistent left tackle in pass protection last year. If you disagree, please tell me which player you feel performed better at LT?

    I do not believe Gilbert is a better tackle than Starks on either side. His balance and core strength appear to be lacking and I don’t think he demonstrates good technique. If you have statistics that show him grading out higher in pass blocking please produce them? And we’ll examine them more closely? For now, until he develops, I think his weaknesses would be be better masked inside at OG (where he did play some at UF).

    I grant that Starks would be in trouble if asked to pull and run and block on the second level in a ZBS. But I don’t see us running a pure outside zone scheme on every play. A lot of those near side or combo plays, Starks would be okay IMO. And with Haley’s quicker passing plays, I think Starks’ lack of elite foot quickness would be masked.

    I believe Adams is our long term LT of the future. He has great length and good foot quickness. From what I saw last year, almost all of Adams pass pro issues came from hand placement technique flaws. He would be in proper position. But the defender would shed his hands fairly easily, usually through swim or spin moves. Rarely was he beat with straight speed to the outside. I think Adams would be better served on the right side for now (against slightly inferior competition) until he improves his hand technique. Then move him to the left as he adjusts. Also, last year Adams was dominant in the run game, especially for a rookie. And playing on the right side would maximize that strength.

    I assume you don’t think Pouncey at OC or DeCastro at RG is ridiculous so I won’t address them. If you have an intelligent rebuttal I’d be glad to hear it.


    I’m not that concerned over this…I haven’t heard the extent of C. Brown, but overall I still think the back 4 will be a strength this year.

  • joed32

    You sound like a Ravern fan.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Told everyone and anyone that would listen what a waste the Willie Gay signing was. We have 6 CB better, I mean 5, 4, 3…aaaggghhh! Can I get some barbecue sauce with that crow?