Steelers’ invulnerability will underline new faces opposite Chiefs (Sep 29, 2016)

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Lawrence Timmons spent a apportionment of final Sunday in a Philadelphia sanatorium perplexing not to weird out about a puncture wound to a shin a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker suffered early in an nauseous detriment to a Eagles.

He competence be one of a healthier starters on a invulnerability forced to rebound behind from a toothless opening dirty with breakdowns both mental and physical.

Timmons used on Thursday and joked a blood that dripping by his sock looked like something out of a inexpensive fear movie.

What happened on a margin yet Timmons wasn’t utterly so humorous in a 31-point prohibited disaster that noted a franchise’s misfortune detriment in some-more than a entertain century.

Now Pittsburgh (2-1) contingency try to repair things on a fly with new tools – or in some cases ones that haven’t been used for a while – in new places.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier is expected out with an achy right knee. Rookie reserve Sean Davis is out with a bad back, while Robert Golden’s hamstring is nowhere tighten to being ready.

The options to fill in on a league’s 31st-ranked pass invulnerability embody cornerback Justin Gilbert (acquired from a Browns a month ago ), reserve Shamarko Thomas (the former successor apparent to late Troy Polamalu who has struggled to stay healthy and make any poignant contributions outward of special teams) and maybe even former use patrol actor Jordan Dangerfield.

Defensive coordinator Keith Butler creates it a indicate to brew a starters with a backups during use to keep a understudies fresh. Time to see how most they’ve learned.

”We keep guys who make a register who we consider can play in a NFL,” Butler said. ”When we have injuries, and injuries are partial of personification in a NFL, you’ve got to have guys step adult and do a good pursuit with it. We’re anticipating that’ll be a case.”

The Steelers don’t unequivocally have most choice if they wish to get a hoop on a Chiefs (2-1), whose diversion devise will roughly positively counterpart what a Eagles did so well.

”If we was looking during that film, we would,” Butler said. ”We’ve got to scold some things to make certain we didn’t do some of a things we did final week.”

Namely blank tackles heading to ”chunk” plays, and sketch flags that extended Philadelphia drives.

There’s unequivocally not most Butler can do about a tackling, something that wasn’t most of a problem in a initial dual weeks, when a Steelers won comparatively simply and gave adult yards in a center of a field, yet not in a red zone.

”There’s no group that tackles some-more than we do in a offseason and in training camp,” reserve Mike Mitchell said. ”I’ve played for 3 teams, so we know that. No one hits some-more than we do. It’s comes down to removing a pursuit done. Getting a outcome we want. It’s not like we’re not in position.”

Maybe, yet that will be challenged opposite a Chiefs. Butler’s complement is a small some-more streamlined than his prototype Dick LeBeau, yet that is mostly out of necessity.

While LeBeau could rest heavily on veterans to welcome a nuances of his scheme, Butler doesn’t have that oppulance coaching a invulnerability that has 13 players on a abyss draft with 3 years’ knowledge or less.

”This is a youngest we’ve been on invulnerability in a prolonged time,” pronounced Timmons, who is in his 10th season.

”You’ve got to do whatever it takes to get those (younger) guys on a margin and get them personification like they know all as a rookie. That’s tough on him. We’re 2-1. We had a small hiccup here on a highway and get behind on a winning track.”

Some vigour on a quarterback would help, any vigour really. The Steelers hardly overwhelmed rising Philadelphia star Carson Wentz a week ago and now face Alex Smith, who is a some-more mobile chronicle of a Eagles rookie.

Butler is decorous about either he’ll shell some-more mostly to give a pass rush a boost, something he’s been wavering to do so distant over concerns about a soreness of Pittsburgh’s secondary.

”Our immature guys are sappy a small bit,” Butler said. ”They’re entrance along and we need for them to come along.”

NOTES: G Ramon Foster (chest), WR Eli Rogers (toe) and OL Cody Wallace (knee) did not practice. G B.J. Finney was limited. … The Steelers expelled RB Daryl Richardson on Thursday to make room on a register for RB Le’Veon Bell, who will lapse on Sunday after portion a three-game cessation for violating a league’s piece abuse policy.

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