Report: Steelers TE Vance McDonald In Walking Boot Tuesday Morning

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Tennessee Titans Thursday night at Heinz Field and in addition to them likely being without the services of two injured defensive starters for that contest, they might not have one of their top-two tight ends due to an injury that he suffered Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers tight end Vance McDonald was still in a walking boot Tuesday morning and that means he isn’t likely to practice fully later in the day.

McDonald, who injured his ankle during a kickoff return Sunday in Indianapolis, was listed as a limited practice participant on the Steelers Monday speculative injury report. In short, that means he probably would have been limited had the team actually conducted a practice.

As you can see below, McDonald was injured Sunday during an early second quarter kickoff return thanks to him running back James Conner getting blocked into him. After McDonald ultimately left the field and was listed as questionable to return, he was able to get back on the field and even caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

McDonald has already missed two games this season with minor injuries with his latest being in Week 8 because of a knee injury.

  • Steve Johnson

    Why is McDonald playing ST’s?

  • gdeuce

    really unlucky injury, just keep him out this week and give him the extra few days to fully heal

  • Grant Humphrey

    This is definitely a loss if the Steelers can’t have his run blocking against the Titans.

  • falconsaftey43

    Why wouldn’t he? He’s not a star player you’re trying to protect. He’s fast and a good blocker, logical choice for KR and other ST units.

  • Jaybird

    I’m getting tired don’t of seeing James missing blocks . I’m really starting to get down on him . Get well Vance, I’m not looking forward to James and Grimble starting

  • Ace

    He’s fast and the best blocking TE they got. He’s tailor made for ST, but it sucks to see him go down like that. I wouldn’t have him out there but for XP and FG’s.

  • kev4heels

    He played the rest of the game. If he can go, suit him up.
    James is just awful blocking. Might be the worst blocking TE in the history of the NFL.

  • John Pennington

    Time for McGee to get his chance.

  • NW86

    After watching that play, Vance and the Steelers are probably lucky we are only talking about him possibly missing 1 week with a sprained ankle (apparently). Could have been out for the year with a knee.

  • NCSteel

    This hurts.

  • Shawn Stone

    Play him. It’s football, not baseball

  • D.j. Reynolds

    This guy can’t stay healthy and needs to agree to a HEFTY pay cut if he wants to be around in 2018. That said, get better soon, VM!

  • Gloria Burke

    It pains me to agree because I really really want Jesse to succeed, but his blocking does not equate to the roll they are asking him to play….every week….

  • Iulo

    Agree….. if Grimble does nothing, it might be his last year in PIT
    then a TE draft pick wouldn’t hurt…
    James may have another year but he won’t do it after the rookie contract

  • Shawn Stone

    He scared. Watch him after catch even. He curls up anticipating a pop every catch. He just scared.

  • Iulo

    James is not the answer we all agree…
    but why Grimble got a roster spot when you had Johnson, a proven veteran who could block and from time to time even catch. This is still hurting this team.. once Vance is out it looks like PIT has no one to substitute him…

  • srdan

    I got a feeling in a few years when the alualu, haden and mcdonald dust settles, we will look back and say that he was the best signing. But he has had a rough start here.

  • Cwallace

    Its something to be said about the TE with speed. I like the idea but they all seem fragile. Green was damaged goods walking in..Vance is a better all around TE but the in and out sequence of injuries is concerning but il exclude the last injury..looked worse. Man i miss Heeeath!!! Tough as steel!

  • Rocksolid20

    Well said D J

  • jlingo

    Here’s a thought, line up Ju Ju in the TE spot when they go into the trips look along with Martavis and AB. Put Rogers at the x and run him deep 10 times a game like they’ve been doing with Martavis.
    By the way, anybody else notice that cb’s can’t stay with Martavis on crossing routes?

  • AndyR34

    TBH…not many 5th round choices even make the team, let alone get a sec on contract. You have to go all the way back to William Gay (drafted in 2007) to find someone get an offer after their rookie contract was up. Fifteen 5th round choices made since then.

  • Jaybird

    AB, Vince Williams = 6th round picks. It happens.

  • Chuck Anderson

    > anybody else notice that cb’s can’t stay with Martavis on crossing routes?

    My last name’s not Haley… so, yes.

  • falconsaftey43

    They have lined up JuJu as an off ball TE in the backfield a handful of times, but he couldn’t function as a TE in most formations (i.e. inline). Just too small.

    I don’t know if Rogers has been used as the isolated WR ever, it’s something you could do for a different look. But you know he’s not drawing double coverage. There is an advantage to putting Bryant or AB as the isolated WR, as it helps draw coverage that direction so you have a numbers advantage to the trips side, making the reads easier. However, if they only ever run a go route, they’ll stop using double coverage and just do what the Colts did on their INT, and play the CB really deep.

    Bryant is very effective on crossing routes vs. man, but many of his 1-3 yard catches this year have come when he runs crossers vs zone.

  • Aj Gentile

    Seems like a Penn State thing

  • Aj Gentile

    Majority of players will get hurt on a play like that

  • AndyR34

    I don’t understand how AB or VW = 6th round picks is relevant to my comment. I didn’t mention either of those players or the 6th round. Sounds to me like you are just trying to make an argument for argument ‘s sake.


    Steelers wont be a Elite Super Bowl offensive team until they use the SPEED they have on Offense! M.Bryant, V. Mcdonald who gets good separation on linebackers and James Conner needs more Playing Time! Heres to hoping AB stops getting Fly Routes,He has lost a step and cant get separation on those routes unless he pushes off…………….

  • Jaybird

    Not arguing. You said it’s been a long time since a fifth rounder had a second contract. I just pointed out that a few SIXTH rounders ( as well as a couple undrafted players got second contract. SBottom line is JJ can’t block and is very limited as a reciever. Didn’t mean to come off as argument

  • Ehrren Lee Phyzeque

    Grimble at least isn’t scared. We’ve seen Grimble take some awful pops over the last several years particularly against Baltimore. I give Grimble the nod over James in terms of staying.

  • AndyR34

    OK…gotcha! It’s interesting…SInce Colbert started, one 7th rounder (Keisel) out of 23 picks rec’d a second contract, 3 6th rounders out of 24 picks (add Kemoeatu), and if you go back to the same place for 5th rounders, you can add Verron Haynes, Chukky Okobi, and Clark Haggans for a total of 5 out of 24 picks.

  • Jaybird

    You did some homework- good list bro