It will be a while until we know for sure whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers veteran long snapper Greg Warren will miss the regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns, but we do know now that he’s already had successful surgery on his meniscus and that the recovery process is underway.
After suffering the injury last week, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Warren could be sidelined roughly four weeks.
“That is what heard,” Warren said Monday, according to steelers.com. “I am just going to follow the treatment protocol and I’m going to go where it lands me.”
Warren, who has already torn the ACL in each of his knees during his career, was asked Monday if he thought it was another torn ACL when he heard the pop this time.
“No, the ACL is a very distinct feel. When it happened it didn’t feel the same, but I didn’t know if the second go around might be different,” he said. “I was happy it wasn’t.”
The Steelers immediately signed free agent long snapper Luke Ingram to the roster after Warren suffered his injury and the Hawaii product figures to already have the edge over the other long snapper currently on the roster, Bryce Davis.
According to Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, Ingram got the call from the Steelers while he was in Home Depot. “I put my tools on the friggin’ floor and walked out of the store,” he said, according to Bradford.
If Warren isn’t ready for the regular-season opener against the Browns, the team looks like they’re prepared to carry two long snappers on their 53 man roster until he’s fully healthy. The Steelers second game of the regular season is against the Baltimore Ravens and that will be a short week with the game being on Thursday night. In reality, there’s a good chance that Warren won’t be ready to play until the Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers.