Steelers Have Placed Pouncey, Foote And Stephens-Howling On Injured Reserve List

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Larry Foote and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling on their injured reserve list Monday.

Pouncey tore both his ACL and MCL in his right knee early in the Sunday loss to the Tennessee Titans when guard David DeCastro accidentally cut his legs out from underneath him.

Foote tore a bicep late in the game and Stephens-Howling tore an ACL in one of his knees in the second half.

All three players will require surgery over the course of the next week.

As previously reported, the Steelers signed running back Jonathan Dwyer, center Fernando Velasco and kicker Shayne Graham to take their spots on the 53 man roster.

Graham was signed because kicker Shaun Suisham is expected to be sidelined temporarily with a hamstring injury that he suffered Sunday during pre-game warm-ups.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    In addition to the obvious immediate concerns, 3 players to IR in the first game takes a solid ding out of the potential cap carryover to 2014.

  • OIF3gunner

    I’m not cap coherent, can you elaborate?

  • JT

    What’s concerning about LSH, is that he was the only sparkplug in the backfield. Bell certainly has more explosiveness than the run-of-the-mill Redman and Dwyer, but he lacks any real speed too. Not that LSH was going to change the face of the offensive, but he’s an asset they can’t replace right now.

  • Mike.H

    I just saw a GIF on Vacaro’s blocking as Tennesee center vs Cincy, he blockth his man then moveth onto second level with a chipth on a LB for a nice gainer.

    How far will Steelers goeth this season is based on fate, luck, karma and unknownth factors.

    Stay tuned, Steelers fans.

  • cencalsteeler

    A car driving 60mph runs into a car doing 15mph. Which car receives the most damage? Not to say these injuries are correlated to my example, but with the history of all of our bang ups, one has to wonder if we are administering the force, or are we receiving it?

  • JohnnyV1

    Well, there’s three on IR, and three added. I’m guessing the rules out the addition of a LB. I’d be interested in who starts there, and who remains the starter.

  • Nolrog

    I think I understand. Took me a couple minutes. By losing 3 players for the year, they had to spend some of that surplus cap room to sign their replacements, so some of the surplus is used up.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Any money against the cap a team has leftover is carried over to next year’s cap. The current projections had the Steelers between $3 and 3.5M under the cap starting the season. To sign 3 additional players to the roster for almost the full season will conservatively eat about $1.5M of that.

    The reason they start the season with a $3.5M cushion is because you have to budget for the injuries, but it still hurts just a little more when they happen so early in the season.

    For the Steelers, every extra million or 2 they carryover expands the roster options they have next year.

  • Bilgewater D

    My question is who starts in place of Foote and who gets the green dot? Do they go with the rookie Vince Williams or Kion Wilson?

  • srdan

    The physics Abswer is that the exact same amount is endured by both vehicles.

  • John

    A few possible answers. First, it likely will be Williams as Wilson was the only active ILB for last game so he had to play but with a week of practice, it likely will go to the better ILB unless Williams is too young to know what he is doing. Second, the careers of Foote and SH in Pittsburgh are likely over already. Third, the Steelers will probably pick up another LB once Suisham is cut and Graham comes back. That is barring injuries elsewhere.
    Fourth, the Pouncey injury combined with the change in blocking schemes and loss of an RBs with mobility kills the running game both yesterday and for the immediate future. Maybe around week four in London we might get the hang of it but until then we are in big trouble. At least there is a bye week after week four and the Jets after that to assist with moving in the right direction.
    Finally, we may need to be concerned about the talent level on the team. Yesterday looked a lot like last year’s Chargers game in which a mediocre opponent came to our stadium and simply outplayed us. Not good.

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  • Bilgewater D

    I’m beginning to believe it is time for some serious changes.

  • cencalsteeler

    The car traveling 60 mph has more momentum which is a product of the cars mass and velocity. That coupled with it’s kinetic energy results in more damage incurred by the slower traveled car. This is also assuming both cars are of the same size and weight.

  • Worstcommentoftheday

    The answer to saving this season is simple: move DeCastro and Gilbert to DL. They can take out the entire starting OL of each opponent

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Felix is a quick twitch guy

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Burying the needle on my Smart car looking for a vehicle with a Ravens decal on it while I’m reading this on my smartphone.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    “I’m confused” -as I let my foot off the gas

  • Steeler Wheeler

    How far will Steelers goeth this season is based on Vacaro, DeCastro, Foster, Adams and Gilbert and whether or not they can get their heads outta each others a$$es before the season is lost.

    I know young lines take time to gel, especially when someone gets hurt every week, but if they don’t figure it out until mid 2014 when BB is already on IR, Bell is asking for a trade, Tomlin is unemployed ….

  • Steeler Wheeler

    FYI, some guy significantly smarter than anyone who wastes their time on a Steelers blog tells us when an object imparts a force on another object, an equal an opposite force is returned.

    What can we learn from this? Troy Polamalu gets hurt a lot because of the force he brings, and if Troy Junior (Shark) doesn’t get his head out of the way he’ll have brain issues before age 26.

  • cencalsteeler

    Actually, what I’m saying is the Steelers need to be more physical. Those who receive the hits, tend to get hurt more than those applying the hits.