For the first time in awhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers may have caught a break on the injury front. Despite being carted off from today’s practice, Justin Gilbert’s knee injury is not considered serious. NFL.com reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala reported the news.
Just told by member of org that injury is "not serious" and the hope is that Gilbert will be fine come Sunday. https://t.co/DydV4E5AdE
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) October 6, 2016
A player being carted off is never a good sign so this is some surprising, and much-needed, good news. Gilbert played eight snaps against Kansas City, part of a grouping that included four cornerbacks and one safety. He was almost exclusively matched up in press coverage against Travis Kelce with the Steelers running Cover 1.
Gilbert has continued to see a bump in special teams work on the coverage units and seeing action as a kick returner.
He also serves important depth while Robert Golden and Sean Davis work their way back though Davis appears to be a full-go this week.
Tomorrow’s injury report should provide additional clarity to his status. The only cornerback on the Steelers’ practice squad is Al-Hajj Shabazz, a second year player who has never appeared in an NFL game.