Found December 07, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:

As was expected Ben Roethlisberger and Cortez Allen will both be starting on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Roethlisberger missed the last two games and Allen is moving up in the depth chart due to an injury to starting corner back Ike Taylor. Allen replaced Ike Taylor early in the Steelers 23-20 victory over the Ravens. Taylor has a small fracture in his ankle and is expected to miss 2-6 weeks and while he is out Allen will take over. Keenan Lewis will remain in his spot and Curtis Brown, who was drafted along with Allen last year, will take Allen’s spot. Cortez Allen was considered a reach in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. Allen played college football at the Citadel and was expected to be a project player that wouldn’t see NFL action for a year or two. However, Allen was a quick learner and saw some defensive snaps as a rookie. Curtis Brown, who was drafted one round before Allen, was expected to be the more polished player, but never saw the defensive side of the ball his rookie season. As they continue to age, along with Keenan Lewis who is in his fourth year, the Steelers expect them to become a solid defensive back group. There has been talk that Lewis could potentially move to safety, but if he continues to play as well as he has in 2012 it will be hard for the Steelers to move him away from corner. Before the season started Lewis said he would make the 2012 Pro-Bowl and although that may not happen he is playing very well. Marcus Gilbert was expected back six weeks after he suffered a high ankle sprain. However, his ankle never seemed to heal and he was forced to get surgery on his ankle. Gilbert injured the ankle against the Titans in week 5 and was able to practice on a limited basis once after suffering the injury before being shut down. With Mike Adams also now out with an injury it looks like the Steelers may stick with Kelvin Beachum at right tackle. Beachum played very well for a seventh round pick starting his first game against the Ravens defense on Sunday. In Roethlisberger’s case he was expected back this week after missing three games with a shoulder strain and rib injury. There were some early indications that he may not be able to start, but anyone reading between the lines could see he was likely to return this week. After a couple of good practices Roethlisberger was officially named the starter and will once again go up against Phillip Rivers who was drafted seven spots ahead of Roethlisberger in the 2012 draft. In fact, many people are unaware of this, but the Giants wanted Eli Manning, but were willing to go with Roethlisberger if Manning didn’t fall to number four. The Chargers wanted Manning at the number one spot and, then Steelers head coach, Bill Cowher wanted Rivers. When Manning refused to play for San Diego they were forced to trade him to the Giants and wanted Rivers over Roethlisberger. When Cowher saw Rivers get picked he was debating selecting offensive tackle Shawn Andrews. However, Mr. Rooney stepped in and told them to take the quarterback. Now, had Manning been willing to play for the Chargers Roethlisberger may be a Giant and Rivers may be a Steeler. Sorry if I just made anybody get an upset stomach.   The post As Expected Roethlisberger and Allen Will Start; Gilbert has Surgery appeared first on SteelBlitz.


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