Head coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media today without many surprises. He announced that Kelvin Beachum, who did an admirable job at center considering he practiced as an extra tight end all week with taking a rep at center, would start in place of Maurkice Pouncey. While also stating that Shaun Suishams’ hamsting injury may not be as significant as originally thought, and there was a chance he could kick on Monday night.Heath Miller and running back Le’Veon Bell are still limited at practice and are unlikely to return to action in Cincinnati. With Bell still out and LaRod Stephens-Howling lost for the season, Tomlin announced that running back Isaac Redman, he of two fumbles and nine yards, will again be the starter in Week 2, and that newly signed running back Jonathan Dwyer could see action along with Felix Jones in the backfield. The Steelers were fortunate that Dwyer was still available after being released on the final day of the preseason and should get their leading rusher from 2012 back into action early against the Cincinnati Bengals.
One of the interesting non-moves of the week has been the fact that the team did not make a move for another inside linebacker as of yet. Of course, the addition of kicker Shayne Graham could explain why they have not added another inside linebacker to the active roster or practice squad. If that remains the case throughout this week, Kion Wilson will likely start next to Lawrence Timmons on the inside.
That start would be an exclamation point for the interesting journey that Wilson has undertook in 2013. The Steelers inked him to a futures contact in January after spending time with the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers. Wilson was originally signed by the Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of South Florida in 2010, and saw action in three games prior to finishing the season on injured reserve.
When signed many believed that the 6-0, 230-pound linebacker likely would be competing for a special teams spot, and in fact, that is what earned him his roster spot. However, his familiarity with a 3-4 scheme went rather unnoticed by many early in the offseason and will a key factor at him securing and maintaining the spot next to Timmons moving forward.
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