While it looked like very little was going wrong for the Steelers offense Sunday night, they actually left the game battered up front.
According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, tackles Ryan Harris and Marcus Gilbert were injured in that game, leaving their status for this week against the Jets up in the air.
Coach Mike Tomlin said starting right tackle Gilbert was “highly questionable” this week because of an ankle injury. Harris replaced him during the game, but suffered a leg injury of his own.
If they can’t go this week, the team would likely start Chris Hubbard at right tackle. The versatile backup can play every position, but hasn’t started an NFL game.
But roster moves are also a possibility, as cornerback Senquez Golson and offensive lineman Cody Wallace could be moved to injured reserve to create a spot for potential reinforcements.
“Those things are always the subject of discussion when you’re faced with additional injuries coming out of a game,” Tomlin said. “I’m not ready to make that judgment at this time. We’re going to let the totality of today’s rehabilitation be concluded and then assess where we are as we move into tomorrow before we consider such possibilities.”
The line issues didn’t stop the Steelers from rolling to a 43-14 win over the Chiefs, but protecting Ben Roethlisberger is central to continuing such production.