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To say the Steelers are thin along the offensive line would be like saying the Great Wall of China is a big fence.
When there are already concerns as to the projected first unit, an injury can make an already poor situation downright bad.
Jonathan Scott, the team’s “starting” left tackle, went down with a knee injury on the Steelers’ first offensive play from scrimmage.
Marcus Gilbert, the 2011 second-round pick, replaced Scott at left tackle and played extremely well, until he was also injured.
While the frailty of the Pittsburgh offensive line is a major concern, the greater concern comes from why these players are getting hurt. Both Scott and Gilbert’s injuries came from another lineman getting beaten badly and having the play pushed into them from behind.
While there is no official word on the injuries as of tonight, head coach Mike Tomlin said in his post-game press conference that both players had hyperextensions. The Steelers cannot afford to lose either tackle for an extended period of time.
After seeing Marcus Gilbert in his first action with the first-team offense there is room for optimism. Gilbert played very well after being thrown to the wolves, and if it is any sign of what he is going to bring to the table this season, the Steelers should find a way to draft a Florida offensive lineman in one of the first two rounds every season.