Steelers CB Cortez Allen Says He Will Be Smart With His Recovery From Knee Surgery

When it was announce in a Friday written statement by Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin that cornerback Cortez Allen had minor knee surgery earlier that day, the coach indicated his starting cornerback would be sidelined “for a few weeks.”

Since then, Allen told Ralph Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he would be smart during his recovery, which suggest he will miss all of the preseason.

“I\’m just trying to be smart about it,” said Allen, who started three games in 2012. “I can\’t really give a timetable on it, but I just have to follow the instructions of the training staff.”

None of you are probably shocked that a couple of week will likely turn into a month, but Tomlin has always been a glass half full kind of coach when it comes to injuries.

While we don\’t know for sure what the minor surgery that Allen had was for, we can only speculate it included repairing a tear to his meniscus. Once again, that\’s only speculation.

When the Steelers play the New York Giants Saturday night at Heinz Field, they will more than likely only dress six cornerbacks for the game as Allen, Terry Hawthorne, DeMarcus Van Dyke and now Curtis Brown are all sidelined with injuries.

Being as both Ike Taylor and William Gay will likely exit the game quickly, that will leave Josh Victorian, Isaiah Green, Ryan Steed and Buddy Jackson plenty of snaps to divide up amongst themselves should another cornerback not be signed between now and Saturday.

Being as Allen had the surgery when he did, there is a good chance he will be ready for the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. At least that\’s what we\’re hoping for.

  • Anthony Renzelli

    Although i think he’s been overrated by fans all offseason, i really hope he comes back. Would hate to see gay and brown getting burnt all game

  • SteelersDepot

    What makes you think he is overrated?

  • Matt Searls

    I’d think that the last preseason game is very realistic for his return

  • Madi

    If those guys really are the ones who wind up playing most of the game, we might get lit up on the scoreboard. I’m saying that now because I don’t want people to freak out and jump off a bridge when we allow 30 points.

  • dgh57

    Look at it from the bright side! These guys will be getting valuable reps that may/will be needed later. They will also not be going up against Manning and Victor Cruz as the Giants will be just like us in looking at their younger players, as that’s what preseason games are mostly for.

  • Richard Edlin

    I’d expect to see Shamarko get some snaps at corner too.

  • Stephen Peepels

    He does not play corner. At all.

  • Richard Edlin

    Sure about that? There have been plenty of places – including the Steelers website – that said when he was drafted that he could feature as a nickel corner. With 3 corners out, I really wouldn’t be surprised to see them try during the preseason.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Carnell Lake disagrees with this statement.

  • Richard Edlin

    Yep. I’ve got a comment under moderation here that has the quote. I think it was having the URL in there …

    Carnell Lake: “Shamarko is an outstanding football player. I think if he had two more inches he would have been in the first round. Not only can he play safety, but he can also get up there and play man-to-man on the slot receiver. He has played nickel, and he has played corner at times.”

  • Stephen Peepels

    Sorry – I guess I meant he couldn’t play one of the two end cornerback positions manned by Ike and Allen/Gay. When they go into DB sets that have multiple extra backs in the game, he would be in there, but I’m not sure that is the same thing as playing cornerback.

  • steeltown

    Im hoping

  • steeltown

    Im excited to see Victorian and Isaiah Green receive significant reps.. one of these guys WILL secure a roster spot over the next 3-4weeks

  • steeltown

    Hopefully Hawthorne and C.Brown can contribute by the time we play KC

  • Anthony Renzelli

    People are talking like he’s the next rod woodson. He’s showed some potential and made some big plays but has a small sample size. I’m not ready to consider him an upgrade over lewis (even if he’s fully healthy this year)

  • Ahmad

    As long as he is ready Week 1 that’s all that matters to me.