Steelers Might Have To Promote CB Isaiah Green From The Practice Squad Sunday

With Cortez Allen already ruled out and Curtis Brown listed as doubtful for the Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers might be forced to promote cornerback Isaiah Green from the practice squad on Sunday.

Allen, who suffered a sprained ankle in the season opener last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, was unable to practice this past week while Brown has an illness of some sorts that led to him sitting out Thursday’s practice and being limited during Saturday’s session.

The Steelers will start William Gay opposite Ike Taylor Monday night with Allen out and rookie safety Shamarko Thomas is expected to assume the nickel slot role when the defense utilizes its sub package.

With Brown likely being down, the Steelers will almost certainly dress defensive back Antwon Blake, who they acquired off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars after the final round of cuts took place, to help Monday night on special teams. Blake, however, likely hasn’t gotten up to speed with the Steelers defense just yet, so the addition of Green from the practice squad will be needed to add depth at the cornerback position.

If indeed the Steelers do promote Green from the practice squad, they will need to waive or release a player to make room for him. Being as kicker Shaun Suisham is listed as probable for the game, it could mean that kicker Shayne Graham, who was signed this past Monday, might be let go to make room for Green.

If the Steelers decide to dress both Suisham and Graham for the game Monday night just as a precaution, then rookie linebacker Terence Garvin might be the player waived to accommodate the addition of Green.

The Steelers will likely leave for Cincinnati around or just after lunchtime, so we should know by then whether or not a roster move has been made.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Do all teams go thru what we do week to week?

  • JohnnyV1

    In a passing league, the Steelers have really given themselves some less-than-desirable options. It started with Keenan Lewis being lost as a FA, and has gone down hill from there. We keep Lewis (low first yr cost) as the starter, Allen is the nickel and Taylor the other starter. Taylor gets cut after 2013 season, which he will anyway (salary cap casualty) and Allen moves to starter 2014 and our development CB’s move up.

    Now we have William Gay (5-9) and Shamarko (5-8+ and a safety) at two of the 3 CB options. for this week’s Bengals match-up. Coach Lake must be going FML…

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Agreed on Lewis. It seemed like such an obvious move (to keep him). Maybe there’s something behind the scenes we don’t know?

    I think the Steelers were expecting C. Brown or DVD or even Hawthorne to show something as a #3 CB. Three strikes. We’re out.

  • steeltown

    I would hope they do… no one behind Taylor and Gay except Shark and Golden. We have Blake but im sure he’s not up to speed, we’ll need Isaiah Green

  • steeltown

    Ike Taylor isn’t going anywhere next season, we have no choice but to keep him (hopefully at an agreed upon reduced rate) I fully expect them to draft CB early next year, but we’ll still need Ike in 2014

  • steeltown

    Yep, its not for lack of trying..the DVD experiment failed and same could be said for C.Brown, Hawthorne and the FA signing of Justin King