Steelers line injuries could lead to some roster moves

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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.

5 responses to “Steelers line injuries could lead to some roster moves

  1. NFL refs will have to work harder than ever as the Steelers’ 12th man to ensure another orchestrated Super Bowl appearance and outcome if these injuries keep up.

  2. .
    This actually has the makings of a good football game. The, 1-3 Jets are desperate. They can ill afford a loss here, as they will be at Arizona next week. It’s quite possible that the Jets season is over by Columbus Day.

  3. It seems like every year the Steelers offensive line is over come with injuries. It is a great line, one of the best in the league. They just cannot seam to play all together for even two or three consecutive games.

  4. Pouncey took snaps at right tackle in practice today. I think that Pouncey is also the emergency option for the Steelers at left tackle, after Villanueva and Harris, even before Gilbert.

    Keep in mind the Steelers also lost promising rookie tackle Jerald Hawkins to injured reserve during the preseason. If neither Foster, Harris or Gilbert can play, options are limited. Chris Hubbard isn’t a good tackle or center, he’s barely average at guard.

    If Foster, Harris or Gilbert can’t play, I think Finney moves from guard to center, Hubbard plays guard, Pouncey bounces out to right tackle, and Pittsburgh prays they get lucky this week. That might be the best lineup they can muster this week. I’m still going to hope at least Harris and/or Foster can play though.

    Go Steelers!

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