The Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt another hand filled with drama on Monday afternoon when the league announced right tackle Marcus Gilbert will be suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
After news broke, some more details started to filter through the mayhem, and one of those came from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette beat writer Ed Bouchette on his official Twitter page:
Gilbert will lose $1 million during his 4-game suspension. Steelers can add player to 53 to replace him during that time.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) November 20, 2017
Gilbert will lose a huge chunk of change the next four weeks, and will him miss the following games: vs. Green Bay, at Cincinnati, vs. Baltimore and vs. New England, but his suspension will also have ramifications on the team’s 53-man roster.
Since Gilbert can be replaced during his suspension, it just so happens the team has to make a move on cornerback Cameron Sutton sometime Tuesday. Sutton will likely be activated to the team’s 53-man roster, in Gilbert’s place, and stay there for the next four weeks before the team will have to make a decision on who will stay and go upon Gilbert’s return.
The Steelers activated Sutton off injured reserve three weeks ago, and started the 21-day clock to make a decision on his return to the team. As unfortunate as this situation is with Gilbert being out of the lineup, it makes for an easy decision with Sutton, especially with Joe Haden currently injured.
Pittsburgh will again lean on Chris Hubbard to be the right tackle for the foreseeable future, with Matt Feiler or Jerald Hawkins, who has yet to be active for any regular season game this year, to take over the primary backup tackle position.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story, and others, surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 12.