Most of the Pittsburgh Steelers talk during the lockout revolved around cornerback Ike Taylor and his contract status. During and after the first preseason game, most of the talk revolved around the newly resigned number one corner’s broken thumb.
Taylor broke his thumb on the second play of the game Friday night against the Redskins, and was later seen in gym shorts wearing a cast.
While everyone knew during the game that Taylor’s thumb was broken, no one knew just how bad. On the heels of wondering what the severity of Taylor’s injury truly was, the next question immediately goes to how long it would keep him off the field, if at all.
Wait with baited breath no more, Steelers faithful; the official prognosis is in.
Taylor will have surgery to repair his broken left thumb Tuesday morning and is expected to miss around three weeks of recovery time.
If all goes according to schedule, Taylor will return to the field in time for the season opener against Baltimore on September 11.
With the Steelers' pass coverage being the obvious glaring weakness Friday night, Taylor’s rehab and return is perhaps the most important preseason timetable on the docket. However, Taylor’s absence from the rest of training camp will allow some of the younger players a chance to develop with the first and second teams.
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