Pittsburgh Steelers veteran cornerback Ike Taylor returned to practice on a limited basis a few weeks ago as he continues to work himself back from the broken forearm that he suffered way back in Week 3. Taylor had a visit with the doctors on Tuesday and he talked about how his rehab is coming along on Thursday.
“Yeah, I’m healing fast, so that’s great news,” said Taylor, who will miss his seventh-straight game this weekend. “I’m happy, coaching staff is happy, trainer’s happy. Doc likes what he’s seeing, so as soon as he clears me, I’m right back on the field.”
With Taylor sidelined all of this time the Steelers have had to use several different combinations of cornerbacks in attempt to find the right ones to play with starter William Gay, who has really been playing well this season. While Taylor admits it’s frustrating not being on the field all of these weeks, he thinks the younger cornerbacks on the roster have done a good job since he went down injured.
“When you see young guys playing good like that and contributing, and making plays and taking hold of their opportunities, it’s good for me to see it,” he said. “And it’s even better for the team.”
Taylor still isn’t ready to put a timetable on his ultimate return, but one could easily speculate that during the bye week he will be cleared to play against the New Orleans Saints.
“Dr. Bradley, he’ll let me know,” said Taylor. “That’s what we’re waiting on right now. As soon as he lets me know, it’s a green light, but until then, we’re going to keep that light on yellow.”