Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Steelers Activate Steely McBean!

In an unfortunate turn of events, the Steelers were forced to place stalwart defensive end Aaron Smith, a longtime mainstay on the defensive line, on injured reserve, ending his season.

Smith, a nine-year veteran Pro Bowler who has never missed a game, sustained a torn biceps during Sunday's game against New England. To take his place on the 53-man roster, the Steelers activated rookie defensive end Ryan "Steely" McBean, a fourth-round pick from Oklahoma State University. McBean had been on the team's practice squad.

Smith's absence will hurt the Steelers. Badly. Especially against the run.

Unfortunately, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who visit the Steelers on Sunday, are first and foremost a running team, featuring breakaway threats Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Oh-oh.

3 comments:

Cotter said...

Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason and Ryan McBean...3 guys combined have to be able to take the place of 1, right?

I'm scared...

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

Maybe Chris Hoke, too, but they're going to have to adjust the scheme.

How they do that will be interesting to watch.

quiet strength said...

Hey, any chance we can get Alvin McKinley?

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go slam my head into my car door.