The Pittsburgh Steelers have been bitten by the injury bug -- hard. After a lengthy list of injuries was read off by head coach Mike Tomlin at his weekly press conference Tuesday, the team had to add another injury to their growing list when cornerback Justin Gilbert left practice with an apparent knee injury.
CB Gilbert #Steelers carted off field with an apparent knee injury-Safety Golden says if Gilbert can't go next man up must be ready @WPXI— Bill Phillips (@WPXI_BPhillips) October 5, 2016
The injury will put an even stronger emphasis on the health of the secondary. Already without Robert Golden (hamstring) and Sean Davis (back), losing Gilbert doesn't equate to the end of the proverbial world for the defense, but it would limit their ability to match up how they want without the versatile Gilbert at their disposal.
Gilbert played 8 snaps in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and was primarily used to cover tight end Travis Kelce in specific sub packages. Gilbert did a good job on the field, and seemed to be on the fast track to more playing time, but this knee injury could be a set back for the recently acquired first round draft pick.
How severe is the injury? We won't know as the Steelers do not have to report such information. He was listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this injury, and other injuries, as the team prepares for the Jets in Week 5.