It would be a stretch –- and we’re talking Casey Hampton in a pair of spandex here –- to say the Steelers have an embarrassment of riches at cornerback.
But William Gay and Keenan Lewis have played well enough over the last month that Bryant McFadden is the odd man out for now in the Steelers’ secondary.
A nagging hamstring injury sidelined McFadden for three games after he started the season opener. He played sparingly last Sunday with Gay starting a fourth game opposite Ike Taylor and Lewis serving as the nickel back.
And it doesn’t sound like McFadden is in line to get a lot of snaps Sunday against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.
When coach Mike Tomlin used the words “pretty close” in reference to McFadden, he was referring to the seventh-year veteran’s health, not a return to the starting lineup.
“We’re not going to fix it if it’s not broken,” Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. “We like what the other guys have done in the interim. B Mac has done a nice job of working while he’s waiting for his opportunity to re-insert back into the rotation and to me those are all good issues to have.
“We’ve got a reliable, veteran corner that we know is capable of playing good football that’s moving closer to 100 percent health and we’ve got some young guys that have answered the call in the interim and showed us that they’re really capable of playing salty football.”
— Scott Brown