Archive

Steelers yet to sort out right tackle for next week between Okorafor, Feiler, Gilbert | TribLIVE.com
Steelers/NFL

Steelers yet to sort out right tackle for next week between Okorafor, Feiler, Gilbert

481332AP18330017126322
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) slips past Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Chuks Okorafor (76) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Chuks Okorafor was generally satisfied with his play in his first NFL start. But will he get another chance?

That still is very much to be determined.

Okorafor started at right tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at the Denver Broncos. Although the Steelers lost, Okorafor earned generally positive reviews from his teammates.

“I think I did a decent job,” the rookie third-round pick said Monday. “Except, obviously, a couple plays I wish I had back, like three plays. But I think I did a good job (overall).”

Okorafor was the third player to start at right tackle for the Steelers this season; Marcus Gilbert has missed five consecutive games because of a knee injury, and Matt Feiler suffered a pectoral injury late during a Nov. 18 win at Jacksonville.

Although Feiler was deemed healthy enough to be active for Sunday’s game, he did not start. Feiler was merely a limited practice participant Thursday and Friday last week.

“It was just more of a precautionary type of thing,” Feiler said Monday. “They really didn’t want to force me into anything I wasn’t comfortable doing. They wanted to make sure I was 100 percent ready to go.”

With Gilbert not even attending practices in recent weeks, his status is unknown. But it seems more likely it will be either Feiler or Okorafor starting this coming Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“I have no idea; I don’t know if it’s Gil, Matt or me,” Okorafor said. “We will see what’s going to happen. Whether it’s Gil or Matt or I go, we all want the same – we all want to win.”

Note: OLB T.J. Watt smiled, have a thumbs-up and said, “I’m good,” when asked about his left wrist that was injured during the first half of Sunday’s loss. It was not wrapped or bandaged during the 45 minutes the media was in the locker room Monday.

Hey, Steelers Nation, get the latest news about the Pittsburgh Steelers here .

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.