Saturday, December 8, 2012

Steelers' Ike Taylor Out With Fractured Ankle

Ike Taylor has been a constant in the Pittsburgh Steelers line-up. For six years coach Mike Tomlin has looked to his No. 24 jersey for consistency.
Taylor will be out for several weeks with a fractured right angle, ending his streak of 135 consecutive games.  He sustained the injury in Sunday's 23-20 win over Baltimore.
"You can say a lot of things about Ike, and a lot of positive things, but probably the thing that sticks out the most is his durability and availability. This guy hasn't missed practice, let alone football games, since I've been here," said Tomlin.
The 32 year old cornerback has spent the last seven seasons as the anchor on one side of the field. Because of him, the Steelers have ranked in the top 10 in total defense each year and are No. 1 overall in passing yards allowed.
Taylor won't need surgery, so Tomlin will rely on second year reserves Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown against San Diego and Dallas, both of which have two physical receiving corps.
"They're both talented young guys who are continuing to improve and prove that the stage isn't too big for them," Tomlin said. "Obviously we need them to answer the bell as we continue to push into a territory that we haven't been in."
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