It came as little surprise on Tuesday that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that the team has placed cornerback Cortez Allen on the injured-reserved list for the remainder of the season. That allowed the Steelers to move WR/QB Tyler Murphy onto the active 53-man roster.
Tomlin said that Allen’s knee “never perked up to the level of comfort for him and for us,” forcing the Steelers’ hand. Allen hasn’t been much of a contribution this season.
Murphy was essentially Landry Jones’ backup last weekend – should Jones get injured – taking snaps with the team in practice. His addition to the active roster may be an insurance policy at both the quarterback position and as an additional receiver option.
Other Early Injury News
Terence Garvin had knee surgery on Monday after injuring it in practice Friday before the game in Kansas City. Tomlin expects him to be out two weeks. William Gay is expected to miss some time in practice due to a shoulder contusion. Stephon Tuitt will work into practice slowly, as will Will Allen (ankle sprain). Mike Vick is expected to have limited time at practice and Antwon Blake has been recovering well from a thumb injury sustained two weeks ago. Ryan Shazier continues to get stronger. Tomlin said on Tuesday that the team physician and training staff will evaluate the players throughout the week.
Ben Roethlisberger was held out of the game against Kansas City after his knee swelled and ached after practice last Thursday. Tomlin still anticipates Roethlisberger will start against the Bengals, but ultimately the veteran quarterback will be a late-week decision based on his level of pain versus strength in his left knee.
“I felt good in practice, but then Thursday night it just didn’t feel real good, it kind of ached on me a little bit, didn’t sleep a lot,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday on 93.7 FM. “It was a little discouraging, but I guess that’s part of the rehab process.”
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October 28, 2015 at 6:16 am
The Cortez Allen to injured reserve is another example of the Steelers failure to develop players in the secondary . This kid has been a bust from day one . Most teams would have cut him a year ago . Not the Steelers , they signed him to a multi year contract extension . This is a move that calls into question the decision making of Colbert and Tomlin . At the end of the day , a very dumb move that has come back to bite them on the backside .
October 28, 2015 at 9:00 am
Another change of note: Isaiah Frey, a four-year veteran CB with the Bears and Bucs, was added to the practice squad. Depending on the seriousness of Gay’s injury or other future injuries to our secondary (we seem to have more than our share this year), we could see Frey on the active roster sooner rather than later.
October 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm
An Addendum: The Steelers, after signing Frey, continued to work out two other CBs — Bill Bentley (former Lion CB) and Montell Garner, a free agent CB who spent time with St. Louis. This suggests that Wm Gay (and possibly other CBs) may be more seriously injured than reported.
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