Steelers G Nik Embernate Tore ACL And MCL On Thursday

The news concerning Pittsburgh Steelers rookie guard Nik Embernate is pretty much what we it expected to be as head coach Mike Tomlin said after practice that the San Diego State product tore his ACL and MCL on Thursday, according to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider.

The date for Embernate\’s surgery has not yet been set, but we can assume he will be lost for the season. Embernate was a high priority free agent signing following the draft after playing right guard in college.

The Steelers might have to carry Embernate on their 90 man roster for the rest of the preseason and then place him on injured reserve right before the regular season gets underway. The only other option would be to waive him injured and hope he clears waivers so that he reverts back to injured reserve.

  • 2443scott

    why are there so many acl and mcl knee probs i dont recall this so much back in nfl as there is now a days some thing has to have changed to cause this have there been any studies on this

  • frednash

    underweight guys

    just like Spence

    last year

  • Richard Edlin

    In the distant past, you probably didn’t report the injury beyond “career ending”. Beyond that, all the players seem to be bigger and tougher at this stage of the season … so there’s more time in the year when things are at 100%.

  • Richard Edlin

    I don’t think there’s a problem with putting him through waivers now. He was rated highly enough to warrant a draft pick before a major injury; I can’t imagine that anyone’s going to rush to sign him with an ACL/MCL injury knowing that he wasn’t a lock to make it onto a roster with little OL depth without it.

  • SteelersDepot

    Need I remind you about Jake Ballard & the Patriots? Why risk it to save one spot for four weeks?

  • Richard Edlin

    Jake Ballard was an UDFA but had two year’s experience before the Giants put him through waivers. I don’t think it’s the same situtation. I agree that losing 1 spot out of 90 doesn’t hurt much but I just don’t think there’s a risk.

    The other things is that we’ve got several players down and most of those won’t go to IR. When we seem to be struggling a little for numbers that 1 slot is possibly more important than in most years.

  • steelmvl

    I say we keep him on the roster, after all, who else is out there with his potental

  • VaDave

    I wouldn’t bet the ranch on him clearing waivers regardless. We don’t want this one slippin’ away.

  • hergieburbur

    Um, no. He was as likely as not headed to the PS anyway. With the injury, nobody is going to sign him away and they can resign him next season. No reason at all to hold a roster spot for him.

  • hergieburbur

    Nobody is going to sign him when he can’t pass a physical.

  • hergieburbur

    He’s what 6’4″ 300 or so? Not big, but hardly underweight enough to have anything to do with his injury.

  • hergieburbur

    Not just that, but the guys are bigger, stronger, and moving faster in general, which means more force is in play across the board, leaving more changes for tears.

  • Steve

    I was really impressed by Embenasty. Seems we have a Guard go down every year with a knee injury, whats the deal? Decastro last year, Colon the year before.