Steelers’ Ulysees Gilbert takes injury-aided end to rookie year in stride | TribLIVE.com
Steelers/NFL

Steelers’ Ulysees Gilbert takes injury-aided end to rookie year in stride

Chris Adamski
1919015_web1_AP_19143643533088
AP
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ulysees Gilbert performs a ball stripping drill during an organized team activities session in May.

Ulysees Gilbert showed enough promise during his rookie training camp and preseason that the Pittsburgh Steelers kept him on their 53-man active roster all season. That’s no small feat for a sixth-round pick.

But for all the promise Gilbert showed, and for the value he brought as the Steelers’ most-utilized special teams player, his rookie season ended at its midway point because of a back injury that landed him on injured reserve.

“It’s tough,” Gilbert said, “but at the same time you have to look at the positives from it. I feel like God put me into this situation, and he will get me through it. It does (stink) that my rookie season is over, but at the end of the day the Steelers are going to continue to do what they do. This team is strong, we have a lot of talent, and I am going to continue to stay around as much as I can, continue to learn, take mental reps as much as I can. And still feel like I can be part of the team.”

An inside linebacker, Gilbert’s speed and playmaking raised eyebrows during training camp. His blocked field goal during the preseason finale helped him earn his roster spot and “core four” special-teams role.

As far as the nature of his injury, Gilbert missed the Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins after suddenly appearing on the injury report two days prior to it.

“We have to get more information on it,” Gilbert said of his back injury. “That’s pretty much it.”

Hey, Steelers Nation, get the latest news about the Pittsburgh Steelers here.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Sports | Steelers
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.