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Marcus Gilbert Says Quadriceps is ‘Fine,’ Expects to Start


 

Marcus Gilbert missed almost the entirety of Pittsburgh’s game last weekend against Baltimore due to a pulled quadriceps. To his backup’s credit, Guy Whimper filled in at right tackle for the rest of the game and “held down the fort” against Elvis Dumervil.

Pittsburgh’s second round pick from the 2010 NFL Draft had the following to say about his injury and his current status in recent article by Mike Prisuta of Steelers.com:

 

I re-pulled it, … I knew there would be a chance I was going to re-injure it. I went out there and tried to give it my all.

 

It’s completely fine right now.

 

Gilbert, who practiced fully earlier today according to Prisuta, is anticipating that he will start Pittsburgh’s upcoming game in Oakland. While it would be great to have Gilbert healthy again, one must not dismiss Whimper’s play last Sunday and him potentially starting this weekend against the Raiders.

Although we will not know who will start at right tackle until Sunday arrives, the decision regarding “Gilbert or Whimper at right tackle?” is definitely an intriguing one.

I just hope that if Gilbert does start that Pittsburgh’s coaching staff will be unafraid to go to the bench with either Whimper or Mike Adams if the former Florida Gator struggles.

 

 

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  • Nick Kelly

    Is it crazy that I would almost rather have Whimper in? Who would have thought we’d be saying that ha!

    • Dom DiTolla

      Lol, I know, right? The Steelers should be concerned with putting their best guy at every position along the offensive line, and Whimper played better at right tackle last Sunday than Gilbert did during the first five games.

      As I mentioned earlier this week, neither Adams nor Gilbert had to earn their jobs by beating anybody out. Both stepped in because of injuries to the original starter (Willie Colon in 2011, and Gilbert last fall) and were essentially handed jobs. Nether guy could even beat out Max Starks last fall.

      I’d love to see Tomlin & co. put heat on both youngsters by giving Whimper reps if he is capable of manning the right tackle spot.