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Offensive Line Issues Getting Worse with Injuries

Ben took a beating Sunday night as the O-line was banged up

So a day after the Steelers nail bitter over the Colts, 23-20 Sunday night in Indy, the team is faced with the reality of having three offensive linemen hurt as they look ahead to a trip to Houston to play the Texans Sunday afternoon.

Three starters on the offensive line – left tackle Jonathan Scott, right guard Doug Legursky and right tackle Marcus Gilbert all left the game with injuries.

As of right now, their availability is uncertain for Sunday’s game, which could and probably does have the Texans licking their chops.

All reports seem to indicate that the injury to Scott, who was beaten like a drum all night by defensive end Dwight Freeney, is the most serious of the bunch.

Scott a sprained ankle, Gilbert hurt his shoulder, and Legursky separated his shoulder. It was awful to have to see an injured Gilbert have to play at the end of the game due to the fact the Steelers only had 7 OL’s dressed for the game.

As it goes, if Gilbert and Legursky are not able to go vs Houston, Ramon Foster would go at right guard and Trai Essex at right tackle.

About the only news that may be a positive for the Steelers is that the Texans may not have the services of Mario Williams, who had tests Monday to see about damage to his right knee.

It would not be a shock to see the Steelers at least make a call to Flozell Adams or Max Starks, who is also chatting with the Vikings according to reports.

If there was a choice of the two, I would go with Adams, who is more of a left tackle but also can play on the right side like he did last year. Bottom line is they have to act fast, as they will not survive long with outings on the line like that of Sunday night.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Tony DeMarco

    September 28, 2011 at 8:19 am

    (Obama) Tomlin and (Biden) Colbert need to lose their egos and get off the Kugler (J Scott & Legursky) bandwagon and bring back Max and/or Flozell and salvage the run game and more importatly, protect Ben or go ahead give up on 2011!!!! (Obama) Tomlin’s continued, egotistical “rhetoric” sounds just like what comes out of the White House I.e., all talk and no real substsnce or results!!!!! The Kugler “bandwagon” issue is a joke. Tony DeMarco

    • mark

      September 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Although I enjoy the political aspect of the comments, (I am a fiscal conservative/Republican) I really cant totally blame coach Kugler for these problems. He coaches with what he has. Maybe the team needs to go back to more zone blocking in an effort to gel this line? I dont know, but the ENTIRE staff should be held accountable for this mess.Its more an issue of starting to draft HIGH profile lineman. Rd 1 and 2? For the team to hand the LT job to a journeyman like Scott was a horrid decision. Very much like when they handed Gay the starting CB position in 2009. That was a disaster as well. Time to improve the quality of talent.

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