The NFL media loves to make this statement, and it is seemingly always true.
"The bye week comes at the perfect time for this team."
This would certainly be the case for the Pittsburgh Steelers and their Week 8 bye week, but this team has been in need of a bye week since their Week 3 drubbing against the Philadelphia Eagles. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever heard someone say, "Man, this bye week really comes at a bad time!"
Football is a physical game, and injuries come with the territory. After the team's Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots at Heinz Field, the players were back to work on Monday, and many spoke to the media. Throughout the media availability session, there were several updates with key members of the team.
Take a look at the updates below:
Starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert has been out of the lineup with a foot injury, but is planning on returning after the bye week against the Baltimore Ravens. The team could use Gilbert back, even though Chris Hubbard has filled in nicely in his stead, the offensive line hasn't played more than 2 games together as a complete unit.
Marcus Gilbert said he will be back for the Ravens game.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 24, 2016
The confusion surrounding Ladarius Green and his return to practice continues. Green told the media prior to the Week 7 game against New England he was medically cleared to return to practice, but wasn't activated at that time. The Steelers have 21 days to move Green to their active roster, cut him, or place him on the injured reserve once he starts practicing, and reports suggested he would return after the bye week before the Ravens game in Week 9. However, Green has yet to hear whether that will take place or not.
Ladarius Green said he expects to speak with Mike Tomlin today. He said he'd like to practice this week during the bye week.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 24, 2016
The Steelers sagging pass rush certainly could use Bud Dupree, and the second year pass rusher could be back on the field sooner or later. Dupree stated he is targeting a Week 10 return to practices, but that doesn't mean he will be ready to play in Week 10. Dupree, who is on injured reserve after having surgery to repair a sports hernia, will have to get himself back in football shape, and that could take time. If Dupree is moved off the injured reserve list, it would mean the end of the season for Senquez Golson, Ryan Harris and anyone else who might be moved to the injured reserve list between now and the end of the season.
Steelers OLB Bud Dupree, who's on injured reserve, says he's targeting a Week 10 return to practices. Fully plans to play this season.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 24, 2016
You didn't think there wouldn't be a Ben Roethlisberger update would you? Of course not, and you get one without Roethlisberger even talking to the media. Roethlisberger was in the locker room, without crutches, or even a limp. All good signs he is preparing to start his rehabilitation of his meniscus injury.
Roethlisberger in the locker room, declines to talk today. Walking without a limp for what it's worth.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 24, 2016
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