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Justin Gilbert Injury: Updates on Steelers CB's Knee and Return

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured Columnist

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Justin Gilbert #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the  Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Gilbert has not played since he was carted off the field during practice on Oct. 5 with a knee injury. However, he is ready to play.

Continue for updates.


Gilbert Active vs. Dolphins

Sunday, Oct. 16

Per the Steelers' official website, Gilbert is ready to play against Miami in Week 6. 


Latest on Gilbert's Practice Status 

Friday, Oct. 14

The Steelers announced Gilbert practiced on Friday for the third straight day.


Gilbert Can't Shake the Injury Bug During NFL Career 

This was the second injury Gilbert has had to deal with over the past three months. The 24-year-old suffered a concussion during the preseason while he was with the Cleveland Browns, who traded him a week before the start of the regular season to the Steelers.

Injuries have become an all-too-familiar theme during Gilbert's young career, as he played in only 23 of 32 games over his first two NFL seasons. 

In three appearances this season, Gilbert didn't record a single defensive stat as a depth option at cornerback behind William Gay and Ross Cockrell.

While he's added an extra body to the Steelers secondary, he hasn't lived up to the billing of the No. 8 overall selection in 2014 by the Browns. Through his first two seasons, Gilbert started just three games and recorded a single interception. 

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His return isn't going to necessarily boost the Steelers secondary much more. Gay and Cockrell will continue to lead, while Artie Burns remains the third option. 

         

Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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