Steelers Might Have To Promote G Chris Hubbard From The Practice Squad On Saturday

With Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro now officially ruled out for the Sunday game against the New England Patriots with an ankle injury, the team will now have to decide whether or not to promote an offensive linemen from the practice squad on Saturday.

The loss of DeCastro leaves the Steelers with only seven offensive linemen and two of them, Ramon Foster (concussion) and Guy Whimper (knee), are coming off of games that they did not finish due to injuries. Both practiced this week, however, and were listed as probable on the Friday injury report.

The Steelers could attempt to only dress all seven for the game, but they then would have to hope that none are injured during pre-game warmups the way Levi Brown was just a few short weeks ago.

Should a move indeed be made, the likeliest candidate to be promoted on Saturday would be undrafted free agent guard Chris Hubbard, who played a lot at left guard during the preseason.

To make room for Hubbard on the 53 man roster, the Steelers could waive linebacker Kion Wilson once again. Wilson, who was promoted from the practice squad a few days prior to the game against the Oakland Raiders, wound up being one of the seven inactives on Sunday.

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  • T R

    Might? isnt this required.. Can Kion Wilson play LT?

  • Guest

    Can Kion Wilson play LT?

  • HarryBackside

    I don’t think the team can cut Kion. I thought that when a player is promoted from the practice squad, the team has to keep him on the active roster for a minimum of three weeks.

  • Eric

    They have to pay him the NFL minimum salary for a minimum of 3 weeks.

  • Eric

    We are not worried about guards getting hurt during the game. We only worry about the guard getting hurt in the pre game warm ups. Too funny!
    We should promote Hubbard with Decastro out and Whimp and Foster banged up.

  • SteelersDepot

    Nope. Only has to stay on roster or be paid if signed off of ANOTHER team’s practice squad.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    With two guys coming off an injury you have to play it safe and bring in Hubbard or Long. Does anyone know if Long can play some G? If he can he would be the better choice IMO.

  • gene mann

    why Wilson when we can cut one of those 6 TE we have on this roster. Especially the one who they signed and has been hurt since.

  • Riverstko

    We should have keep Golic Where is Mike Golic jr? and who is hubbard? Golic was battle tested in college i dont care how he performed in preseason “as a tackle” when he is a GUARD. 3yr guard at ND. Now we need a guard. Im tired of these No Name Players……..Hubbard better show UP!

  • gene mann

    I believe Ling only Played Tackle and the only the other is Chris Hubbard an UDFA G

  • Thomas Rancy

    i’d like me some john maleki

  • gene mann

    Hubbard made the PS while Golic was an early cut .

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Uhh Golic got cut after preseason WK 4 not that early

  • gene mann

    Your correct still got CUT though and not picked up by any other team

  • Abdullah Afu

    HUBBARD IS A BETTER PLAYER FOR OUR SCHEME STRETCH RUNNING GAME… NAMES IN SCHOOLS ONLY WORK IN COLLEGE. THE NFL IS FOR PLAYERS NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOL U WENT TO. HUBBARD IS ALSO A HS TEAMATE OF JARVIS JONES , COLUMBUS,GA CARVER HIGH PRODUCT.. DO SOME RESEARCH.