The 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers entered training camp as a team with many needs and little in the way of a safety net. As recently observed here, the Steelers openly decided to tempt fate, wagering that the offensive line injury muses would not look down in disfavor again, and assembled a roster with precious little depth at either offensive tackle position.
Should Mike Adams or Marcus Gilbert fall injured, the Steelers contingency plans are named Guy Whimper and D'Anthony Batiste. Neither strike fear on to hears of Haloti Ngata or Terrell Suggs.
In contrast, knowing full well that Heath Miller would not be available to start the 2013 season, the Steelers put a contingency plan in place.
- Unfortunately it looks like the contingency plan himself got hurt.
Steelers TE Matt Spaeth carted off with injury. Didn't see what it was.Matt Spaeth of course was a member of the Steelers 2007 draft class, and Kevin Colbert's decision to resign Spaeth off of the free agent market turned some heads but it ultimately made sense.
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) August 7, 2013
- No one would accuse Spaeth of being a world beater, but he certainly offered more value than Leonard Pope.
- Johnson however, began training camp on the PUP list.
- But players rarely get carted off the field unless it is serious.
Spaeth’s Injury Steel Curtain Rising’s Fault?
If a server personnel crisis at tight end can’t be laid at the feet of Kevin Colbert, might Steel Curtain Rising be the culprit…?
Who knows. But the fact that Spaeth got injured on the same day that we published an full throated endorsement of Mike Tomlin’s “No to Golf Carts, Yes to Full Contact” training camp philosophy is ironic to say the least…..
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