Steelers injury report raises concerns over CB nickel’s position
The Pittsburgh Steelers claimed 26-20 victories over the Detroit Lions in Week 2 of the NFL preseason and luckily the victory came without a major injury. But that doesn’t mean it was injury free.
During the game, the Steelers lost defensive back Arthur Maulet with an ankle injury. Usually that wouldn’t be a major injury of concern, but when player Maulet battles for the corner of the slot in the nickel subset Antoine Brooks Jr. is also injured it puts a strain on depth.
Arthur Maulet is injured in the right ankle and will not return. Now the two guys fighting for the lunge corner job are injured. Antoine Brooks didn’t dress and has missed about the last 10 days.
– Ray Fittipaldo (@ rayfitt1) August 22, 2021
Brooks opened the camp as the first to win the cornerback position once held by Mike Hilton. Brooks looked good in the Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys, but suffered an injury from which he did not return. Maulet was the replacement for Brooks and has shown promise in the position, but with the two injured the Steelers will really have to test their depth in this position.
The hope is that Brooks will be healthy and able to play against the Carolina Panthers on Friday night in the preseason finals, but otherwise the team would likely turn to lesser-known players like Shakur Brown. , to try your hand at the station.
It should be noted that there are rumors that the Steelers will deploy a cornerback to the slot position depending on the situation. In other words, if the Steelers wanted to have more of a running stoppage front, Brooks would likely be called out. If they wanted more of a pass stopping front, someone like Maulet would be hired.
It will be a position to look at both the injury front and how the Steelers plan to deploy their subsets ahead of the Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills at Orchard Park.
There were no other major injuries during the game, but JuJu Smith-Schuster entered the middle blue tent after being hit in the third quarter. However, KDKA’s Bob Pompeani caught Smith-Schuster performing one of his famous Tik Tok dances on the Steelers logo in midfield after the game.
Some might suggest he’s okay. Those injuries aside, the Steelers escaped the game relatively unscathed and will now prepare for the Panthers on Friday night. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news, including rundowns to reduce their roster from 85 to 80 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.