PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- Post-Gazette Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette joined “The Cook and Poni Show” on Tuesday to offer some good and bad news on the team’s injury situation.
The Steelers had two of their starters injured in the last preseason game Friday night in New Orleans. Defensive end Cam Heyward has a high-ankle sprain and right tackle Marcus Gilbert suffered a hyper-extended elbow.
“Cam is going to be okay,” Bouchette said. “It will be touch and go for the opener, I believe, whether he is going to make it or not.”
But, Bouchette points out that it will be two-and-a-half weeks between the time of the injury and the opener. Heyward told him that he has had a high-ankle sprain in the same ankle before and it supposedly helps you heal faster with the next one.
So, he has that going for him. As for Gilbert, there is more concern.
“He is supposedly going for a second opinion down in Alabama with Dr. Andrews,” Bouchette said. “He mentioned that surgery might be required.”
Bouchette says if that is the case he might be out or have to try and play through it. Either way, he will be limited and it’s not something you want from a right tackle.
Ryan Harris who started all 16 games last year for the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos would be the likely starter if Gilbert can’t go.
Listen to the full interview here including Ed’s thoughts on the Steelers offense and other issues facing the team before the season opener: