Jun 11, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kion Wilson (48) participates in drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Foote Sidelined, Lack of Experienced Depth at ILB Exposed


The Pittsburgh Steelers were already starved for experienced depth at the inside linebacker positions before training camp started back in July.  In fact, I even alluded to how the team’s lack of experienced depth at the positions could cost them if Lawrence Timmons or Larry Foote injured themselves this fall.

Sadly for the Steelers, Foote was lost for the rest of the 2013 regular season after he sustained a bicep injury during Pittsburgh’s 16-9 loss to Tennessee.

With Foote out, I am not necessarily worried about Timmons moving to the “buck/strongside” spot in his place if that scenario occurs.  Timmons was probably going to move there later in his career anyway, so that does not concern me very much.  If that happens though, then Steelers will still need a starter to take Timmons’ place at the “mack/weakside” spot, or even fill in for Foote at the “buck” if Timmons stays on the weakside.

Kion Wilson and rookie Vince Williams have zero starts between them, and Terence Garvin is shuttling between the practice squad and regular roster.  While the Steelers could try to re-sign Stevenson Sylvester for experience purposes, he has only started one game and was not even tendered a restricted free agent contract this past spring.

While Foote was not nearly the type of effective player he was in the mid-2000’s, he was nevertheless the best option that the Steelers had at their “buck” spot at the moment.  Now however, Pittsburgh must make do without the veteran inside linebacker and hope that Wilson, Williams, or even a free agent like Sylvester can step up as a viable option for them during the next 15 games.





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  • lkw

    Wonder if they don’t move timmons over and try worilds or Jones there

    • Dom DiTolla

      I’d love to see Jones on the field more, but I think that both him and Worilds are better suited for the outside. Personally, I don’t care what the heck they do, I just hope that they can find an adequate stop-gap or two to finish the season. Their lack of experienced depth is why I hoped that they took an inside linebacker before the 6th round this year. They sure could use a guy like Sean Spence right now too.

  • Mike Popovich

    This was my main point against drafting Le’Veon Bell.

    • Dom DiTolla

      That was the biggest reason why I gave Bell the lowest “grade” of all of Pittsburgh’s most recent draft picks. Guys like Arthur Brown, Jonathan Bostic, and Sio Moore were still on the board, and they *bleeping* passed. While I think Vince Williams has the potential to be a solid developmental prospect, they should have gone “BPA” and tried to “double-down” at that position in the draft.

      • Mike Popovich


        Added to the fact, that Le’Veon Bell hasn’t even touched the field yet, makes the passing of Arthur Brown all the more unbearable.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Its a loss but……the defense is our strong point. Vince is very smart and was directing players from the buck in OTA’s. We need to play this kid as he will hit you and make some things happen.