Week 6 recap
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The Steelers improved to 5-0 after beating the Browns, but the win didn’t come without a heavy toll In the first half of Sunday’s 38-7 win, the second-place inside linebacker Pittsburgh-year-old Devin Bush left the game for good after injuring his knee while playing in pass defense Although the Steelers did not detail the significance of the injury, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reported that Bush suffered an ACL tear. The injury will require end-of-season surgery, says ESPN’s Adam Schefter
Robert Spillane, a three-year veteran who has mostly been a special teams contributor in his two seasons with the Steelers, replaced Bush in the roster on Sunday, recording six tackles including a tight tackle from the Austin Browns Hooper who resulted in a six-yard loss And while Spillane has just 39 regular season shots at inside linebacker under his belt, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is confident his young linebacker can be an effective replacement for Bush.
“Spillane more than answered the bell, but we have a lot of confidence in him,” Tomlin said after the game “He’s a capable guy. Guys who play in special teams are usually a forerunner for them to play on defense Since we brought him up in the middle of last year he’s been a constant performer for us So I don’t think any of us are surprised at how good the game is. his share «
Tomlin also alluded to other backup linebackers Ulysees Gilbert and Marcus Allen as players who will be part of the squad’s plan when it comes to replacing Bush, who last season led the Steelers with 109 tackles. and four fumbles recovered Gilbert, a sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft, has appeared in just one game this season and has yet to take a defensive stance in a regular season game. Allen, a 2018 fifth-round pick who went from safety to linebacker this summer, also never played a regular-season snap at inside linebacker.
On Sunday, Spillane wore the Pittsburgh defensive helmet after replacing Bush and will do so again for Sunday’s game against the Titans, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor In his first game as a starter, Spillane will look to help the Steelers defense slow down running back Derrick Henry, who leads the NFL with 588 rushing yards. And while the Titans arguably have the best running back in the league, the Steelers arguably boast the best defense in the league after allowing just 331 rushing yards in five games. And while Bush has been a key contributor to that success, the Steelers have also benefited from great contributions from defensive end Stephon Tuitt, defensive tackles Cameron Heyward and Tyson Alualu and inside linebacker Vince Williams when it comes to the defense against. the pittsburgh race Pittsburgh also received an elite pass rushing from outside linebackers TJ Watt and Bud Dupree, who are on track to register 30 combined sacks this season
Three years ago, the Steelers signed free agent Sean Spence (a former Steeler who was ruled out by the Colts mid-season) after Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a serious injury to the spine 12 games in the season And while the Steelers may eventually decide to explore options outside of the position, Tomlin will first give his current replacements inside the linebacker a chance to step in in Bush’s absence.
« We are going to put a formula in place that will allow us to work in the meantime, » said Tomlin « Believe it »
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