As the Pittsburgh Steelers are seemingly getting their season back on track Murphy’s Law gives them a backhand just to remind them, this is the NFL.
OT Marcus Gilbert has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy. This is a huge blow to the team, specifically the offense. With QB Ben Roethlisberger in the end-stages of his career he needs all of the protection he can get. Losing one of the best right tackles in the NFL isn’t a tick in the plus column when considering your game-day roster. The running game isn’t going to get better with him missing either.
For Gilbert’s part, it happens. In today’s society we have more knowledge. Companies cross-contaminate products all the time via production methods and this has often been the case with athletes as increased testing sensitivities catch all sorts of false-positives. There is also the every-changing “banned substances list” which would take a Rhodes Scholar in finals mode to memorize. Gilbert has no known history of such abuse.
— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) November 20, 2017
The team will be without his services effective immediately making him available for week 16 versus Houston. The Steelers have no clear favorite for replacement duties.
What say you Sports Nation?
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