Adding insult to injury(or injury to insult as the case may be), The Steelers received news today that Mike Adams will be out for the foreseeable future and possibly the rest of the season after suffering a high ankle sprain in their embarrassing loss to the Browns Sunday.
High Ankle Sprains are tricky injuries, especially to offensive lineman who have to deal with a lot of pounds of pressure on their legs when blocking. It is a highly personalized injury. We have seen players recover from them in a week or two and we have seen players be out for half a season or more. It all just depends on the degree of the sprain, the players ability to play through pain and the players ability to heal quickly.
This might be bad news for the Ravens believe it or not. Last time against the Steelers the Ravens DL completely dominated Adams. Most notably Paul Kruger beat him for both of his sacks on the game and for multiple pressures and easily set the edge against Adams in the run game. Adams might as well have thrown on a purple jersey because he wasn’t doing the Steelers any favors.
At this point, the Steelers OL is starting to fall apart because their depth is not great. The Steelers have been riddled with injuries all year long and that has exposed the fact that the Steelers were way thinner than anyone ever thought at more positions than anyone thought. This is just one more test for the banged up Steelers. Lose this game and the Ravens win the division. The Steelers will need someone to step up big time now.