Ryan Clark to Miss Denver Game, Steelers Defensive Line Finalized

Adding to the Steelers’ recent injury woes is recent news that Ryan Clark will miss the team’s regular season opener in Denver because of a health concern. According to team representatives, Clark carries a sickle-cell trait that makes physical activity at high altitudes dangerous. Clark missed the Steelers’ Wild Card playoff game last season for the same reason.

Clark’s condition first came apparent during an October 21st, 2007 game in Denver, where the safety reported severe pain in his side during the game. Later he became so violently ill that he had to have his gall bladder and spleen removed. Although Clark was permitted to return to play in 2008, he has since been forbidden to play in Denver. Instead, Clark will join his teammates on the sideline in plain clothes.

In other defensive news, the Steelers have announced the final version of their defensive roster for the 2012-13 season. Most analysts had concerns over the injury-plagued linebacker position, and the Steelers seem to have come up with an answer. Pittsburgh will keep nine linebackers, with James Harrison and Jason Worilds exiting the injury list and Adrian Robinson joining the squad, the defense looks to be solid. Surprisingly, the Steelers also chose to roll with four cornerbacks, instead of the five that many thought team coordinators would keep. Ike Taylor will be joined by Curtis Brown, Keenan Lewis, and Cortez Allen. Assuming the Steelers face no more injuries, their defense should compete.

There were cuts throughout the defense, including:

  • Josh Victorian CB
  • Terrence Frederick CB
  • Jake Stoller DE
  • Ikponmwosa Igbinosun DE
  • Marshall McFadden LB
  • Brandon Hicks LB

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