Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau didn’t come right and say it Thursday, but in a roundabout way he confirmed that cornerback Brice McCain will get the start over Cortez Allen Monday night against the Houston Texans.
LeBeau confirms McCain will see time ahead of Allen, says Cortez will still be good player but week away could help him #steelers
— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) October 16, 2014
LeBeau also said that while he believes that Allen will still be good player, a week off as the starter could do him some good.
This news is not overly surprising as Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin hinted Tuesday during his press conference that McCain could get the start Monday night over the struggling Allen, who will still likely play outside when he comes into the game when the Steelers field their nickel defense.
On Wednesday, McCain confirmed that he received first-team reps during practice earlier in the day.
McCain’s last start came last season in Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans as a member of the Texans. In that game, McCain gave up just two catches for 39 yards and he also recorded an interception.
Monday night figures to McCain’s 11th start of his career and it will the first as a member of the Steelers.