Ike Taylor Injury: Updates on Steelers CB's Arm and Return

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) sits with teammates on the bench during the NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Updates from Sunday, Nov. 30

Bob Labriola of Steelers.com confirmed Ike Taylor is active for Week 13:

Updates from Friday, Nov. 28

Bob Labriola of Steelers.com has an update on Ike Taylor's status for Sunday:

Updates from Monday, Nov. 24

Scott Brown of ESPN.com reported on Ike Taylor's recovery from an arm injury:

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor received medical clearance to return from a broken forearm Monday and he later participated fully in the team's first practice following its bye week.

Taylor, who sustained the gruesome injury in a 37-19 win at Carolina on Sept. 21, said it is too early to tell whether he will be able to play Sunday against the visiting New Orleans Saints.

'I feel good,' the 13th-year veteran said, 'but we'll see how the coaching staff feels. If I leave it up to the doctors, they'll make all of the right decisions.'

Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 11

Bob Labriola of Steelers.com has an update on Ike Taylor's status:

Updates from Sunday, Nov. 9

Bob Labriola of Steelers.com confirms Ike Taylor will not play in Week 10:

Updates from Friday, Oct. 31

Miss Matthews of Steelers.com has an update on Taylor's status for Sunday:

Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 28

Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter of Washington speculates on Ike Taylor's availability for Week 9:

Updates from Thursday, Oct. 23

Jim Corbett of USA Today has an update on Taylor:

 For the first time since breaking his right forearm in a Sept. 21 win against the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor participated in individual drills Wednesday and is eyeing a return to game action in a few weeks.

"There's no timetable. It's all on the bone, and as soon as the doctors feel it's strong enough, they'll give me the OK," said Taylor, who had a pair of titanium plates surgically inserted his arm.

'When the doctor says the bone is good enough for me to go back out there and play, then, we're going to roll with it.'

Asked if he's ahead of schedule in his recovery, Taylor responded: 'I'm not surprised. I feel like I'm a mutant.'

Updates from Monday, Oct. 20

Ike Taylor is inactive and will not play in Week 7 according to Bob Labriola of Steelers.com:

Updates from Sunday, Oct. 12

The Steelers confirm Ike Taylor will not play in Week 6:

Updates from Friday, Oct. 3

Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest has the latest on Taylor's status:

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 28

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer provides a synopsis of a conversation he conducted with Ike Taylor discussing the Steelers' star's recovery:

Updates from Monday, Sept. 22

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported how long Ike Taylor is expected to be sidelined due to his arm injury:

Original Text

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor suffered a gruesome arm injury in the third quarter of his team's Sunday Night Football matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Max Henson of Panthers.com first reported the news:

Taylor was trying to bring down Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin when a teammate came in and helped him finish off the tackle. Taylor hit the ground following the impact and immediately began clutching his arm.

Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted it was linebacker Lawrence Timmons who caused the damage, apparently with his helmet:

Steelers public relations specialist Burt Lauten noted that Taylor wouldn't be returning to that night's contest:

Steve Reed of The Associated Press noted the use of an air cast, a discouraging sign for Taylor:

Tomlin confirmed as much after the Steelers' 37-19 win, via ESPN's Scott Brown:

Taylor walked off the field with some assistance for his injured arm, but it was clear from his facial expression that he was in a great deal of pain.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Kelvin Benjamin #13 of the Carolina Panthers makes a catch against Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Hal
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The 34-year-old cornerback has spent the entirety of his career with the Steelers and has been a fixture in the lineup since the 2005 season. He's shown few signs of slowing down, notching three solo tackles and two passes defensed prior to Sunday. 

Hopefully, the injury doesn't turn out to be as bad as it initially looked and the aging Taylor has the opportunity to end his long NFL career on his own terms.

The Steelers battle the Buccaneers in Week 4 and could have a difficult time contending with Tampa Bay's big receivers, Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, without Taylor on the field.

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