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Ike Taylor vows to be back sooner rather than later


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Ike Taylor hasn’t missed a game since Oct. 10, 2004 – a span of 135 games.

But the Steelers cornerback will miss at least two weeks after suffering a fractured right ankle on the second play of last week’s game against Baltimore.

Taylor said on his weekly TribLive Radio show to “don’t trip, I’ll be back ASAP and that’s with a capital A, S, A, P. I’ll be back sooner than later, that’s for sure.”

Taylor has been extremely durable and tough throughout his career. Case in point was last year during preseason when he broke his thumb. Taylor practiced the day before his thumb surgery and was back on campus hours after the procedure.

This injury, however, will keep him out anywhere from 2-6 weeks.

“My status, I don’t like my status but it happens, things happen,” Taylor said. “I have to recover and get better and get back out there as soon as possible.”

Taylor fractured his ankle when he knocked away a deep pass from Torrey Smith.

Taylor explained what happened on his show.

“I broke up the play and when I tried to get up, I got up on my left foot then I tried to put pressure on my right foot, I was like ‘Man, something ain’t right,’” Taylor said. “Then I was like this is about to go away. I waited a second and tried to put my pressure on it and it was like ‘Man, something ain’t right.’ I kind of hobbled off and told the trainers to tape my ankle up real tight, as tight as you can. I walked on it and the more I walked on it, it wasn’t getting any better. Something wasn’t right.”

Taylor said he will push to get back soon mostly because his love of the game.

“That’s all I live for, that’s all I want to do – play football,” Taylor said.

Taylor had the ninth longest active games played streak and was No. 1 when it came to cornerbacks. Ironically, former Steelers draft choice and current Arizona Cardinals defensive back William Gay has played in the most consecutive games at cornerback with 92.

Consecutive games played
1-London Fletcher, Was LB 236
2-Ronder Barber, TB S 235
3-Keith Brooking, Den LB 188
4-Justin Smith, SF DE 187
5-Jeff Backus, Det OL 187
6-Reggie Wayne, Ind WR 183
7-Jason Witten, Dal TE 151
8-Jarrett Johnson, SD LB 140
9-Ike Taylor, Pit CB 135




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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