Steelers Injury Update: NT Daniel McCullers Could Be Limited In Practice This Week

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held his weekly press conference on Tuesday and he updated the health of his team ahead of the game this coming Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

Tomlin said that on the injury front there’s nothing major to speak of outside of the normal bumps and bruises but did add that nose tackle Daniel McCullers does have some swelling in his left knee.

“We’ll look at that and that may limit him and affect his availability, but we’ll know as we go throughout the week and monitor his practice or participation or abilities in that area,” said Tomlin.

McCullers likely injured his knee in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers when he was clipped in his left knee by right tackle Eric Pears. Pears was flagged on the play in question.

Tomlin was later asked about the status of cornerback Cortez Allen, who was held out this past Sunday with a knee injury.

“I haven’t checked on his status today,” said Tomlin. “Last week, obviously he wasn’t able to practice enough for me to decide to play him during the course of the game. We’ll check his knee inflammation this week and we’ll base those decisions on practice availability and performance like we did a week ago.”

Tomlin was them asked if Allen’s knee problem is something that could eventually wind up needing surgery.

“Not to my knowledge, not at this juncture, no,” said Tomlin.

  • Steve Johnson

    The arrow has been pointing south for Cortez every since he signed his new contract.

  • Todd that dude!

    At some point we are going to have to eat the rest of C. Allen contract, I think by mid season just about every cb on our roster will leap frog him, and that’s just to much money to be paying someone for riding the pine. I hope Mcullers injury is nothing serious, he hasn’t played bad at all this year.

  • SteelersDepot

    Not happening this year. Let’s see if he can shake this injury. He wasn’t awful against the Pats in week 1

  • Jim Foles

    mccullers demands double teams.. he is awesome. they had to clip him to hurt him and get him off the field. Thomas 93 is not the answer.

  • Todd that dude!

    Ya I figure it wouldn’t happen this year, and I agree he didn’t have a bad game against the Pats. I’m just not sold he is ever going to live up to the contract he was given. If he struggles throughout the season, do you see them possibly eating the rest of his contract next year?

  • Todd that dude!

    Yes Mcullers is awesome, I loved some of his goal line play last Sunday. No, Thomas is not the answer unfortunately lol.

  • SteelersDepot

    that’s way too many weeks away right now

  • SteelerFANN

    hey relax at least we didnt give byron maxwell a $64 million contract

  • thomas hmmmm

    I hope Pears gets fined.. Clipping is a cheap shot intended to injure other players.. Judging from the Tuitt GIFs they had to double team Mount McCullers every time he was in and still couldn’t handle him.

  • thomas hmmmm

    You noticed also how he is had double teams on him.. Makes me wonder why he isn’t the starter..McLendon does not require double teams.

  • Todd that dude!

    Lol for sure, I’m just speculating more than anything..not calling for C. Allen’s head or anything. I apologize if it came off that way.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    There is a lot of football between now and mid-season and a lot can happen. These 16 game season take a toll and successful teams rely on roster depth as much as start power. Cortez will get plenty of opportunites unless he stays in the tub.

  • SteelersDepot

    You REALLY should get a Game rewind subscription. it is a tip.

  • Tom McConnell

    McCullers should be the splitting time soon & I like McLendon. McCullers is just developing into a monster.

  • SteelersDepot

    On the 14 run plays run to M, LG or RG with McLendon as the NT, opponents have averaged 1.29 ypc

  • thomas hmmmm

    Crazy I don’t pay the NFL … They’re diluting the product to much for me to pay them for any service… Do the GIF’s on McCullers because in the Tuitt GIFs you guys did, McCullers is double teamed in both..Plus I don’t have time to watch the rewinds.. I can’t even watch the whole games because I have other obligations that take me away from home. Why do you think I comment so much here… 🙂

  • thomas hmmmm

    What about with McC at NT? It’s a comparison we need both buddy… I know McLendon is good, but I just like what McC brings more which is size and brute strength.. Much appreciated..

  • John Pennington

    I like what Joe Greene said about Big Dan that he should get right over the center and bull rush him into the backfield.Dan has to play meaner no one should be able to block him.Dan should find mean Joe so he can show him how to play over the center and shed blocks.I hope he steps up his game the steelers need him in the middle but you can’t be shy or laid back as a nose tackle you have to be mean.