Only guys like Ike Taylor can get away with using the third person in an interview. He did it during his weekly show on Trib Live Radio Tuesday, assuring fans there will be no injured-reserve placement for the 12-year veteran.
"Ike will be back," he said, voice laced with swag.
The Steelers had two options considering the severity of injuries the team sustained in Sunday's 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers. They could place either Taylor or outside linebacker Jarvis Jones on IR-Recall, which essentially is an eight-week stretch of no practice. The Steelers elected to put Jones on that list and, apparently, are planning to keep Taylor on their active roster despite likely not getting him back to play until late November.
Some of that assumed decision is based on the fact the Steelers were dressing six cornerbacks on game-day through three weeks - Taylor, Cortez Allen, William Gay, Antwon Blake, Brice McCain and B.W. Webb. They only dressed three outside linebackers - Jones, Jason Worilds and Arthur Moats - and just signed James Harrison off the street to back up Moats who ascends to Jones' starting position.
Knowing Taylor will be back at some point this season suggests his injury was a clean break. Reported earlier, both the ulna and radius bones in his forearm were fractured when teammate Lawrence Timmons hit him as both were trying to make a tackle.