Steelers LB Jason Worilds Off To An Unlucky Start In 2014


Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds has had an unlucky start to the 2014 offseason as the fifth-year Virginia Tech product hasn’t been able to practice since the very first OTA practice last because of some sort of leg ailment.

While the Steelers are not obligated to give injury report updates, one can only speculate as to what kind of injury that Worilds is currently trying to work through. According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, however, Worilds worked Tuesday on the side without any noticeable limitations and head coach Mike Tomlin told the reporter that he expects his starting linebacker back soon.

Offseasons and training camps haven’t been overly kind to Worilds so far during his career. As a rookie in 2010, Worilds battled a hamstring problem during training camp and it forced him to miss the preseason opener as a result. While he wound up dressing for 14 regular-season games in 2010, he did miss two games that year because of a shoulder and knee injury.

In 2011, Worilds appeared to get through training camp without any major problems, but once the regular-season rolled around, he missed four straight games with a quadriceps injury.

In 2012, Worilds missed all of the OTA and training camp practices in addition to all four preseason games due to him having offseason wrist surgery. Fortunately, he was able to suit up for all 16 games that season of which he started three of them.

Last season was perhaps the healthiest that Worilds has been in his four years in Pittsburgh. He played in 15 games and was only held out of the regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns with an abdominal injury. Odds are pretty good that he probably would have played in that game had it meant something.

It’s way too early in the offseason to worry about Worilds as it relates to his health in 2014. This biggest thing at this point is just making sure he’s fully healthy for the start of training camp.

Due to their lack of depth currently at the outside linebacker position, the Steelers can’t afford to have whatever is currently ailing Worilds right now, linger. It’s better for him to miss time now instead of later. Besides, backups Chris Carter and Arthur Moats could certainly use the extra reps.

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  • treeher

    Better sign Mr. Harrison.

  • blue

    Get Deebo on line one asap

  • steeltown

    No worries, yet. Besides, as mentioned Moats, Carter and H.Jones could use the reps

  • Deuce22

    Seems to me lack of offseason training? Looks like it’s always during first couple weeks of OTAs, Training Camp, Etc..

  • Jason Brant

    I agree. Having this many muscular injuries usually means it’s a conditioning problem. These aren’t joint issues.

  • joed32

    I’ve read that he’s a gym rat and an extremely hard worker, some guys are just unlucky. It’s a minor injury and they’re being really careful about not making it worse by working with it, no point in risking anything at this time of the year. He’s running on it and it will be fine.

  • Steelers12328882

    (facepalm)

  • Virdin Barzey

    It would be real interesting to see Harrison back on this team. I personally think it would ignite (most) of the fans. He probably will play out of his mind since he has much to prove.

    However, it may shake the confidence of Worilds and the reason why they probably won’t entertain bringing him back. Debo is intense and guys like Jones could learn a lot from his workout ethics but they aren’t willing to risk it.

  • walter mason

    “arent willing to risk it” ?? Im sorry I dont understand this logic. Is it better to risk starting Carter or Moats will little to nothing as back up?? There is no risk in putting the best players on the field. If they wait for a serious injury there is the risk that Harrisons price will go up. Forget about shaking his confidence. Worilds should be able to handle competition. Put the best 2 linebackers on the field whether it be Worilds, Jones, Harrison or some other player.

  • Simon Cutts

    How on earth is carter still on this team. All I’ve ever seen is him being beaten in pass coverage, and pushed off the ball in run plays. Nothing against him or his work ethic but he just isn’t good enough.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    This has been his calling through his short career. Always nagging injuries which left us in the dark on his abilities. He was lucky enough to keep it together for a stretch run last year but we will need more than that from him this year

  • patrick Mayfield

    maybe doing the wrong kind of work, unbalanced muscles etc.

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