The final injury report of the week for the Pittsburgh Steelers has officially listed two key offensive lineman as doubtful for the game against the Tampa Buccaneers and it seems very likely that at least one of them is all but guaranteed to miss the contest. With David DeCastro sitting out the last three days of practice and all of the week before, there is almost no chance he will be cleared to play on Monday given how much time he has missed and the nature of his injury.
Morgan Burnett DNP for second day in a row. David DeCastro missed all practices this week. Marcus Gilbert was limited Saturday after being out Thursday and Friday. Joe Haden, Stephon Tuitt, Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster are no longer on injury report.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) September 22, 2018
Marcus Gilbert has also been listed as doubtful after being limited on Saturday and sitting out the rest of the week, and it would be safe to say the starting right tackle is a game time decision at best as well.
The status of Moran Burnett remains up in the air following a second missed day of practice while he deals with a groin injury. Like Gilbert, he has been listed a doubtful for Week 3 and fans should prepare for both players to be on the sidelines in Tampa.
When speaking to reporters, although Gilbert was hopeful he might still recover in time, he could not commit to playing quite yet. Despite taking some reps in what he described as a “casual practice”, it was clear he needed to wait until Monday to see how his hamstring felt during warm ups before he would know for sure.
“I will see where I am Monday before the game and see how I feel. ... I very hopeful of where I’m at now, but like I said, I don’t want to jinx myself, I want to keep rehabbing and see how things go before the game.”
Gilbert would be covered by Matt Feiler on the day if he cannot go, while B.J. Finney would replace DeCastro at right guard and a combination of Nat Berhe and Terrell Edmunds should see snaps in place of Burnett.
There was better news for four other names battling back from issues that had sidelined two of them in Week 2 after Joe Haden, Tyson Alualu, Ramon Foster and Stephon Tuitt were all full participants again for the team’s final practice. Haden and Alualu should both be available on Monday despite missing the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, while Foster seems to be coping well with a knee injury that has been causing him problems as of late. Thankfully, the illness that kept Tuitt out of practice on Friday does not seem like it will prevent him from paying against the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers Week 3 injury report: