This time you can’t fault Kevin Colbert for not having a contingency plan.
The 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers entered training camp as a team with many needs and little in the way of a safety net. As recently observed here, the Steelers openly decided to tempt fate, wagering that the offensive line injury muses would not look down in disfavor again, and assembled a roster with precious little depth at either offensive tackle position.
In contrast, knowing full well that Heath Miller would not be available to start the 2013 season, the Steelers put a contingency plan in place.
- Unfortunately it looks like the contingency plan himself got hurt.
Late into the afternoon Mark Kaboly dropped this bomb via Twitter:
Steelers TE Matt Spaeth carted off with injury. Didn’t see what it was.
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) August 7, 2013
- No one would accuse Spaeth of being a world beater, but he certainly offered more value than Leonard Pope.
Colbert also gave himself another back up option, in deciding to resign tight end/fullback David Johnson, a member of the Steelers 2009 draft class whose shift to fullback in 2012 was widely heralded, only to be derailed by Johnson’s torn ACL.
- Johnson however, began training camp on the PUP list.
The nature of Spaeth’s injury is not known. The news broke in the late afternoon via Twitter, but it wasn’t until the late evening that the Post Gazette published a story on it, and then on PG Plus. The Tribune Review had not published a story on it as of 11:38 Buenos Aires time (yeah, that’s right, how often do you see that time stamp on Pittsburgh Steelers stories?)
- But players rarely get carted off the field unless it is serious.
At tight end the Steelers also have David Paulson, whom they drafted with their second pick 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft and Jamie McCoy whom they also drafted in the with their first 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Spaeth’s Injury Steel Curtain Rising’s Fault?
If a server personnel crisis at tight end can’t be laid at the feet of Kevin Colbert, might Steel Curtain Rising be the culprit…?
Who knows. But the fact that Spaeth got injured on the same day that we published an full throated endorsement of Mike Tomlin’s “No to Golf Carts, Yes to Full Contact” training camp philosophy is ironic to say the least…..