With the ankle injury to starting cornerback Ike Taylor, the Pittsburgh Steelers attempted to make a move to sign cornerback Stanford Routt earlier this week. Before the Steelers could even get a chance to meet with Routt, the Houston Texans signed the speedy cornerback.
With Pittsburgh’s Week 14 matchup against the San Diego Chargers a day away, they have made a move to add depth to their secondary in Taylor’s absence. Cornerback Josh Victorian was promoted from the Steelers’ practice squad today, still giving Pittsburgh five cornerbacks for Sunday’s game.
Although Victorian has been added to the active roster, he’ll contribute mainly on special teams. Second-string cornerback Cortez Allen will fill in for the injured Taylor. Allen will be making his first career start, and might be picked on by San Diego’s aerial attack.
Even though this might be the case, the Steelers shouldn’t worry too much considering the fact that the Chargers’ passing game is ranked 18th in the NFL, averaging 227.1 yards per game.San Diego’s quarterback Philip Rivers isn’t as good as he was a couple of seasons ago. Rivers almost has as many interceptions (15) than he has touchdowns (18).
Taylor may be out for at least the next two weeks, but Pittsburgh finally having Troy Polamalu back on the field should compensate for Taylor’s inability to play. If fact, having Polamalu in the lineup should increase the chances of the Steelers secondary causing turnovers versus the struggling Rivers, something that has been lacking all season long.
With Pittsburgh’s pass rush steadily improving in the latter part of the regular season, the Steelers’ secondary should find it a little easier to defend the pass, even without Taylor and Polamalu not fully in mid-season form.
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