Mike Tomlin has formally dominated out quarterback Kenny Pickett from taking part in towards New England, setting the stage for a difficult Thursday night time for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ protection. Because the workforce prepares for his or her second sport in simply 5 days at Acrisure Stadium, Tomlin expressed definitive uncertainty about inside linebacker Elandon Roberts’ availability.
Roberts sustained a groin damage through the first half of the Steelers’ current 24-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Regardless of making an attempt to return after the preliminary damage, he needed to go away for good after the second snap. Tomlin highlighted that Roberts, accountable for defensive indicators, was sorely missed, contributing to communication breakdowns and permitting the Cardinals to transform 5 third downs on a crucial 99-yard landing drive late within the half.
Addressing the affect of Roberts’ absence, Tomlin acknowledged, “We weren’t as in sync from an adjustment standpoint as we want. We had been restricted from a communication and schematic standpoint, and we felt that.”
In Roberts’ absence, Mykal Walker, the opposite beginning inside linebacker, stepped up with a team-high 10 tackles in his third sport with the Steelers. Walker joined the workforce after accidents sidelined Cole Holcomb and Kwon Alexander for the season.
Mark Robinson, a second-year linebacker, recorded seven tackles following Roberts’ damage. Regardless of not taking part in a defensive snap within the earlier two video games and being bypassed by Walker on the depth chart, Robinson confronted the problem of plugging the gaps left by Roberts, permitting the Cardinals to achieve 103 of their 150 speeding yards after halftime.
To bolster the linebacker place, the Steelers lately added Blake Martinez to the 53-man roster and welcomed again Myles Jack to the apply squad. Though Martinez was a wholesome scratch final Sunday, Jack may be elevated to the energetic roster for the upcoming Patriots’ sport.
Tomlin emphasised the worth of NFL expertise, even when gamers like Martinez and Jack briefly retired earlier than becoming a member of the Steelers. “We didn’t wish to look forward to the following domino to fall earlier than we obtained these guys,” Tomlin defined.
Because the Steelers face the Patriots, Mark Robinson is more likely to be the one accessible inside linebacker who began the season with the workforce. Exterior linebacker Alex Highsmith reassured, “Coach Tomlin all the time says that you simply give a succesful man data, and he runs with it. Whoever is in there, we will present them with all the things they want. It’s going to be important to know we’re going to have succesful guys step up and make performs.”