Steelers yet to sort out right tackle for next week between Okorafor, Feiler, Gilbert
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.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.