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Shazier Feeling Better; Heyward and Thomas Already Ruled Out For Sunday in Miami

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A couple of Steelers defensive players are already out for Sunday’s affair down in Florida with the Miami Dolphins, as today coach Mike Tomlin stated both defensive end Cameron Heyward (hamstring) and safety Shamarko Thomas (groin) will not play in the contest.

Tomlin also said that center/guard Cody Wallace (knee) likely won’t be doing much this week in terms of participation, and it doesn’t sound like he will be making his return for the first time this season.

One player who sounds like is feeling better is that of linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is still working his way back from a knee injury.

Replacement Vince Williams has been outstanding the last two weeks, maybe more motivation for Shazier to get back on the field quicker?

“It’s definitely feeling a lot better than two to three weeks ago,” Shazier said in the Tribune-Review. “I’m doing everything I can to make sure I have everything covered.”

There’s no doubt that having Shazier back is a good thing, and one can only imagine how good this defense can be with some depth to it for the first time this season.

Other injuries for the team still include offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), fullback Roosevelt Nix (back), wide receiver Markus Wheaton (shoulder), cornerback Justin Gilbert (knee), safety Robert Golden (hamstring), wide receiver Eli Rogers (toe), and wide receiver Sammie Coates (finger).

Coach Tomlin stated that if any of them played would come down to practice this week and if they could work through their injuries to take the field.

The Steelers are currently 7.5 point favorites to beat Miami.

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.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. BB

    October 11, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    It might sound crazy but I might move injury prone Ryan Shazier to safety. He is fast enough to play the position and we need to get Williams as a full time LB. I feel that Shazier may end up not being able to stay on the field.

  2. Dave B.

    October 12, 2016 at 6:36 am

    If Ryan Shazier continues on the same path hes currently on , the Steelers are going to have to make a decision . That decision , would be to leave Shazier wheres hes at and put up with status quo , which isnt working . Or , consider moving Shazier to outside linebacker wheres hes primarily used as a pass rusher .He more than has the speed and with some time spent in the weight room to gain a few pounds , it could work . This would also allow Vince Williams to stay on the field as the middle backer . Bottom line , Shaziers body is not going to be able to take the pounding that a middle linebacker is going to have to take , so moving him is probably the Steelers only option .

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