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Steelers unsure if Bud Dupree needs surgery, could return in 2016

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 17:  Bud Dupree #48 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field after the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Denver Broncos  at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-16. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Steelers placed outside linebacker Bud Dupree on injured reserve because of the groin injury that sidelined him the entire preseason.

But they’re not sure now whether he’ll need surgery to fix it, or whether he can return this year.

Via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Dupree would be evaluated in the next few days, and could possibly return this season. If he needs surgery, that would end the season for the 2015 first-rounder, but it’s not certain yet that’s the route they’ll take.

“He’s capable of being designated to return,” Tomlin said. “Sometimes [these injuries] get better with time and sometimes they require surgical repair. We just want to get him healthy and hopefully back in uniform in 2016.”

Teams now have the option of activating one player per year from IR, without designating them as such in advance.

The Steelers are carrying cornerback Senquez Golson on the 53-man roster, despite the fact he’ll be out until November or early December because of a Lisfranc injury. Tomlin classified Golson as “week-to-week.”

Players who might actually be able to play (or walk) Monday at Washington, get the “day-to-day” treatment, and Tomlin said that applied to defensive end Cam Heyward (ankle) and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hyperextended elbow).

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12 Responses to “Steelers unsure if Bud Dupree needs surgery, could return in 2016”
  1. yourmadre says: Sep 6, 2016 2:45 PM

    I was really hoping he would step up and have a big year this year. It’s too early to call him a bust, but we really haven’t had much luck drafting linebackers lately. Hopefully Shazier can stay healthy this year, he’s been a beast when playing.

  2. stillers213 says: Sep 6, 2016 2:46 PM

    I don’t mind his designation to IR, but to keep Golson on the 53 is a mistake this season. We need the depth in other areas, particularly up front and at OLB.

  3. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Sep 6, 2016 3:07 PM

    Results of the steeleroid program are inconclusive to date

  4. clashpoint says: Sep 6, 2016 3:11 PM

    Yeah I don’t care what anyone says, I think the Steelers linebacker corps is as deep as any in football.

    James Harrison is still a good pass rusher and he’s got as good a work ethic as any professional athlete in the world. He constantly posts videos to prove it. Jarvis Jones is not a good pass rusher but he’s turned out to be a rock against the run, which is what happens when you spend your time working out with James Harrison. The NFL just passes a lot more than it runs these days, so Harrison plays more.

    Arthur Moats is a balanced and above average outside linebacker, good against the run or pass, and he’s in his athletic prime. He would start for most NFL teams right now, including Buffalo where he came from. The player replacing Dupree is a guy named Chickillo and those of us who follow the Steelers are very excited to see him play. He’s a converted college defensive end and just might be replacing James Harrison next year. I don’t care a single crap that none of you troll clowns have never heard of him. He’s a four phase special teams player to boot.

    Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is a 30 year old 11 year vet who had an off year with a mere 113 tackles or whatever last year, and he’s a very good coverage linebacker. However his eventual replacement Vince Williams, the hardest hitter on a hard hitting team, just signed a team friendly 3 year contract. Shazier? I don’t CARE that so many of you don’t like him. Did anyone else see the Steelers camp video Williams posted where Shazier proved he was the fastest player on a Steelers team that has as good team speed as anyone? He ran a 4.37 40 at his combine when he was age 21 – and he’s faster now. The last part of last year he was very very good, and oh also he works out with James Harrison. He has the potential to be incredible, and I don’t CARE who disagrees.

    Also, anyone who cheers for injuries is a punk, no matter who you are. Good luck to Dupree, who skipped his senior year in college so he’s still very young and still has a chance to have a great career. I hope he makes it back to the rotation year.

    I know my team!

    Go Steelers!

  5. sbchampsagain says: Sep 6, 2016 3:56 PM

    Steelers have been plagued by soft defensive players lately.
    Dupree, Hayward, Shazier. Frustrating as it seems like these guys are hurt all the time.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 6, 2016 4:18 PM

    Results of the steeleroid program are inconclusive to date

    Old stale jokes like the faded newspaper headlines of the last Bungals playoff win.

  7. troy43mvp says: Sep 6, 2016 6:43 PM

    “Dupree, Hayward, Shazier. Frustrating as it seems like these guys are hurt all the time.”

    The only one of these guys that were hurt last year really was Shazier. Even he came back to force the fumble that would eventually win the playoff game for the Steelers.

  8. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 6, 2016 6:59 PM

    Hey Geno? And what kind of program do they have over in Stinkinatti?

  9. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 6, 2016 7:04 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Sep 6, 2016 3:56 PM
    Steelers have been plagued by soft defensive players lately.
    Dupree, Hayward, Shazier. Frustrating as it seems like these guys are hurt all the time.

    Soft? How many NFL games have you played in? Shazier’s first year was cut short by 2 friendly fire hits due to his head not being used to the NFL game. Dupree had a setback this year. And I don’t remember Heyward being hurt at all last year. It is not just the Steelers being hurt by injuries.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 6, 2016 11:42 PM

    clashpoint, good post. But wouldn’t that make Timmons 19 when he started playing? Either he’s older than 30 or hasn’t played 11 yet, and I’m way too lazy to look it up.

  11. beltwaytd says: Sep 7, 2016 1:46 PM

    Week 1 upset on MNF. HTTR.

  12. clashpoint says: Sep 8, 2016 5:45 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 6, 2016 11:42 PM
    clashpoint, good post. But wouldn’t that make Timmons 19 when he started playing? Either he’s older than 30 or hasn’t played 11 yet, and I’m way too lazy to look it up.

    He’s played 10 years my bad, but only 30 years old, the Steelers often draft players young like Bryant, Shazier, Tuitt, etc. He was born in 1986, drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft so 10 years. Might be his last year as a Steeler though, and he’s been a very underrated player for the Steelers.

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