Found November 07, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Antonio Brown, Troy Polamalu, and Marcus Gilbert will all miss the Steelers Monday Night game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but there is some hope for week 11. Pittsburgh is hosting back-to-back games for the first time in the 2012 season in weeks 10 and 11 with both games being played at Heinz Field. Week 11 is an especially important game as the Steelers will host the Baltimore Ravens, who lead the AFC North division, in the first of their two match-ups. Troy Polamalu, who has missed most of the 2012 season with a calf injury, and Marcus Gilbert, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain, are both expected to have a good chance at playing in that game against the Ravens. Antonio Brown, who suffered a mild high ankle sprain against the Giants, said he would play against the Chiefs, but will be held out to ensure he is able to play in week 11. The Steelers are scheduled to play the Ravens twice in three weeks with a second game coming in Baltimore week 13. Those two games could decide who wins the AFC North division this season. The Steelers currently stand at 5-3 a game behind the 6-2 Ravens. That means both teams hold their own destiny in the division. If either team can win both match-ups they will take control of the division and hold the all-important tie-breaker. The Ravens, however, just have to win one of the two games and keep even with the Steelers to hold a game advantage in the standings. With Marcus Gilbert out rookie tackle Mike Adams has been inserted at right tackle for the past three games. Adams struggled at times in pass protection against the Giants, but has played very well since entering the starting lineup. The run game has produced three straight games with a one-hundred yard rusher and Adams looks very strong in the run game. Will Allen has taken over for the injured Troy Polamalu replacing Ryan Mundy who initially had that responsibility. Allen has played well when he is in the game, but has left a couple of games with minor injuries. Antonio Brown’s ankle injury will likely only keep him out of the one game on Monday Night Football, but that leaves the Steelers with only three healthy receivers on the roster. To give the team some depth at receiver and at the return man position it is likely the Steelers will add David Gilreath to the roster. Antonio Brown is second on the depth chart in the return game, but with Chris Rainey battling a rib injury the Steelers may have to rely on the third man in Emmanuel Sanders. If anything happened to Sanders on Monday the Steelers would need a return man as well as a third wide-out which is where Gilreath comes in. Many fans thought Gilreath deserved to get a roster spot out of training camp, but that didn’t happen as the team decided to carry only four receivers on the 53-man roster. Gilreath has been on the practice squad and is almost guaranteed to get called up before Monday. The only remaining question is as to who gets cut from the roster to make room for him. With Ben Roethlisberger taking very few hits so far this season it is possible the Steelers could cut Charie Batch, the third quarterback on the depth chart, to make room for Gilreath. It is unlikely any other team would be willing to make room for an almost 38 year old quarterback. The Steelers could also release Demarcus Van ****, Adrian Robinson, or Alameda Ta’amu all who would have a good chance at not being claimed on waivers by another team. Batch may be the most likely candidate; however, because if he is picked up by another team they wouldn’t have to worry that they lost a young player with potential. It is also very likely that Batch doesn’t get picked up and he will be resigned to the roster after Monday Night’s game. Gilreath would then be cut and moved back to the practice squad with Batch being resigned for the rest of the season. The post Steelers Will Add Gilreath for Week 10; Could have Full Roster for Week 11 appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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