Steelers’ Gilbert ruled out along with Shazier, McLendon
The Steelers were expecting to get healthier for Sunday’s game against the Saints at Heinz Field.
While cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu returned to the lineup, the Steelers will be without linebacker Ryan Shazier, nose tackle Steve McLendon, cornerback Cortez Allen and, new to the injured list, tackle Marcus Gilbert.
Gilbert, who injured his ankle during Wednesday’s practice after getting tied up with guard Ramon Foster, will be replaced by 2012 second-round pick Mike Adams at right tackle.
“I am going to go out and do what my coach teaches me and I am confident in my abilities to go out and play my game,” Adams said earlier in the week.
Adams filled in for a concussed Gilbert earlier in the year in wins over the Texans and Colts, but returned to the bench when Gilbert was cleared for the Ravens game.
Adams was benched following the fourth game last year after allowing three sacks against the Vikings then was unable to beat out either Gilbert or Kelvin Beachum for either tackle position during the offseason.
Now, under the direction of offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Adams has stabilized his play for the Steelers to have full confidence in him, especially after eight months of tutelage from Munchak.
“To have a guy to have first-hand knowledge of how to play the game the game on this level,” Adams said. “He sees what you see and knows what you are looking at. He knows what’s going through your head so it makes it a lot easier.”
Shazier practiced this week in anticipation of returning from an ankle injury that kept him out of the past two games. It will be the seventh full game Shazier has missed along parts of two others. Sean Spence and Vince Williams will continue to split time at the spot.
Quarterback Landry Jones, receiver Justin Brown and cornerback B.W. Webb are also inactive.