Originally posted on Steelers Depot  |  Last updated 9/15/13
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is notorious for only dressing seven offensive linemen for games, but due to what happened last week in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans; you have to wonder if he is starting to give second thoughts to dressing an eighth. When starting center Maurkice Pouncey went down on the opening drive with a knee injury last Sunday, the Steelers had no choice but to replace him with second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum. That wound up affecting the game plan as Beachum was apparently scheduled to be used as a second tight end quite a bit during the game. Had newly-acquired center Cody Wallace been up to speed with the offense and dressed for the Titans game, perhaps things would have turned out a little different, as Beachum more than likely would have been able to continue his role as a tight end. Wallace, however, was listed as one of the seven inactives prior to the game as Tomlin chose to dress Guy Whimper, a backup guard/tackle as the seventh instead. According to reports, center Fernando Velasco, who was signed Monday to replace Pouncey on the roster, will start Monday night at center. If that winds up happening, then Beachum should be able to resume his role as a second tight end. However, should disaster strike yet again at the center position, the Steelers will be back in the same boat that they were in last week unless Tomlin chooses to dress Wallace for the game. Being as Beachum is also presumably the primary backup at guard and tackle, it still would mean he would have to vacate his tight end role should something happen to any of the other four starters as well. Dressing eight linemen would at least offer another layer of protection against that. In Tomlin's defense, there is no way perfect way to defend every single position from injury, but when you take into account the Steelers offensive line has been snake bitten by injuries over the last few years; he might want to consider dressing eight offensive linemen until Heath Miller is ready to return if the weekly game plan is to include Beachum serving as a second tight end. So what will ultimately happen Monday night? By the looks of things on the Steelers injury report, Tomlin's hands will likely be tied as to who dresses for the game because of the situation at the cornerback position. If Isaiah Green is promoted Sunday from the practice squad that will likely result in either Wallace or Whimper being made inactive. Steelers Still Likely To Dress Only Seven Offfensive Linemen Against Bengals is a post from: Steelers Depot
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Jay Cutler expected to play hurt against Raiders

Report: Marshawn Lynch not likely to play against Lions

WATCH: Adrien Broner uses Bruce Jenner zinger after win

ESPN explains reason for Dabo Swinney interview error

Brian Kelly: Kizer made right call on 2-point play

Jim Mora calls UCLA's upcoming schedule 'a complete injustice'


Tommy Tuberville returned to Auburn, lined up at Tiger Walk

WATCH: Arizona State pushes pile 20 yards on TD run

Jim McElwain still won't name Will Grier Florida's starter

Steve Smith has microfractures in back, out for Week 5

Cowboys want Brandon Weeden to attempt longer passes

Nebraska captain tells crowd 'I'm sorry we suck'

Rangers fire social media staffer over Charlie Strong tweet

Did Ndamukong Suh kick Ryan Fitzpatrick in the head?

Cormier tops Gustafsson at UFC 192

Robert Smith wants Braxton Miller back at QB

WATCH: Clemson, Swinney have locker room dance party

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

WATCH: Dabo Swinney interview awkwardly cut off

Ohio St. LB Darron Lee has message for fans after close win

WATCH: Swedish league player unties opponent's skates

Max Scherzer throws second no-hitter of the season

Ezekiel Elliott jokes he owes his OL a steak dinner

Mike Riley explains questionable pass play on third down

Torey Lovullo would be 'honored' by managerial offers

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

Rick Pitino and the shadows that never leave

Chad Johnson ... Steelers kicker?

Flacco deserves more from the Ravens

Time for Neymar's Barcelona

Seth Rollins, WWE depth, Divas and winning

Madison Keys and the future of women’s tennis

Most underrated games in NFL Week 4

What to watch in CFB Week 5

Starter strategies for final, tie-breaker and wild card games

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker