Marcus Gilbert will start at right tackle Sunday, and the rookie was the Steelers’ first choice to replace Willie Colon after the latter sustained a torn triceps.
The Steelers discussed re-signing Flozell Adams or Max Starks Monday after they learned that Colon had been lost for the season. But they decided to go with Gilbert, the second-round pick out of Florida, and sign a free agent tackle for depth.
Money apparently had nothing to do with them saying thanks but no thanks later when an inquiry was made on Adams’ behalf.
The Steelers are fully committed to Gilbert, and he will get more than one game to prove himself at right tackle.
The Steelers are confident that money or the salary cap won’t be an issue if Gilbert is not ready to start and they have to eventually sign a veteran such as Adams or Starks.
– Scott Brown