Found November 06, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Mike Tomlin announced today that Antonio Brown is “very doubtful” to play on Monday Night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown suffered what is being called a mild high ankle sprain and will likely be held out to make sure he can play a week later against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens stand at 6-2 just one game ahead of the 5-3 Steelers in the AFC North division. Kansas City sits at 1-7 on the season and the Steelers will try their luck against the Chiefs without their number two receiver. Emmanuel Sanders played very well against the Giants and should see more playing time with Brown’s absence. Jerrico Cotchery will also see more action next week and has proved to be a reliable option especially in crucial situations coming up with big time catches when the Steelers need them most. Mike Wallace and Heath Miller will be on the field as well which means Ben Roethlisberger will have plenty of options in the passing game, but the Steelers may add another wide receiver before Monday as insurance. Pittsburgh wants to be prepared in case another receiver goes down injured in the game which would leave them with only two receivers and force them to play tight ends or running backs at the wide receiver position. The Steelers final roster only had four receivers after none of the other receivers during training camp stood out as a viable fifth option. If the Steelers do decide to bring another receiver onto the roster they will have decide who and who to cut. David Gilreath, who seemed to have won the fifth receiver job had they kept five, would be the most logical option for who they would bring up if they decide to sign someone. Gilreath had four catches for 78 yards against the Colts during the pre-season, but was cut along with the rest of the Steelers receivers before the 53-man roster was announced. Gilreath also has experience returning kicks which could be important as Chris Rainey may also miss Monday’s game with a rib injury. If Rainey and Brown are both out the Steelers will already be down to their third return man in Sanders and could use an emergency option (Isaac Redman also has return experience). Adding another receiver for Monday’s game isn’t vital, but could be an option for the Steelers if they are worried about their depth at the position. The biggest question, however, would be who is getting cut if the Steelers do decide to bring Gilreath up from the practice squad? Alameda Ta’amu, a 2012 fourth round pick, has yet to be active for a game this year and is currently in legal issues. With his legal future up in the air and the possibility of him serving jail time it is unlikely another team would snatch him up off of waivers before the Steelers could place him on the practice squad. It is, however, entirely possible that a team would be willing to take a chance on a nose tackle who has potential as they are hard to come by. DeMarcus Van **** would be another option to be on the chopping block in replace of a wide receiver. Van **** has committed multiple penalties on special teams and if the Steelers have any questions about his ability to grow as a corner they may be willing to lose him on waivers. However, if they think he has legitimate potential to be a good corner in the future they wouldn’t risk losing him to bring up a emergency wide out. One other player that could likely be cut and make it through waivers is undrafted rookie free agent Adrian Robinson. Robinson is converting from defensive end in college to a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Steelers. Robinson has seen limited playing time on special teams and has been inactive for most of the Steelers games so far this season. It is unlikely another team would sign Robinson off waivers at the mid-point in the season, but again if the Steelers believe he has potential to be good it is unlikely they would risk losing him. The Steelers only have three healthy receivers heading into their week 10 match-up, but with Chris Rainey running routes already this season and three capable tight-ends in Miller, David Paulson, and Leonard Pope it isn’t a necessity to add a fourth guy to the roster. That also doesn’t mean it won’t happen and if the Steelers do decide to add a player this week it is likely that they would look to add Daivd Gilreath the only question is will they add anyone? And if they do who gets cut? The post Steelers Could Add Gilreath to Roster with Antonio Brown “Very Doubtful” to Play Monday Night appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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