That was followed by a story in the Post-Gazette stating:
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons has a high ankle sprain that has left his status for the Steelers' season opener Sept. 10 against Tennessee in doubt.
Timmons today walked around the team's training facility in a protective boot on his injured left foot. Coach Mike Tomlin has ruled him out of Thursday night's game and said his focus is to try to get him healthy for the opener.
High ankle sprains often have kept players sidelined for two-three weeks
If Timmons can't go, Keyaron Fox would start in his place. Fox has been a special teams stud for the Steelers and has played very well at linebacker when given the chance. He doesn't have the explosiveness of Timmons, but I'm not overly concerned that this will have a large impact on the best defense in the business.
To back up this claim, check out some of the work done by the guys over at Post Game Heroes, who have a man-crush on Keyaron Fox. In a post about the Washington preseason game, PGH writes:
Keyaron Fox continues to be a dominant force when he enters the game on Special Teams and 11-on-11. Let us remind you, he has only started a handful of games during his career but he has averaged 8.4 tackles PER GAME when getting the chance to start. Put those numbers up each week for 16 weeks and you find yourself in the top 5 or top 10 in the NFL in “total tackles.”
If you want to read more about the guy, check out the post we put up about him last August when we handed him the Man on Fire award.
Last night, Fox saw a few plays with the starting unit on the goal line and came up with a huge stuff. PGH.com was the first place to sing this guy’s praises so he feels like “our baby”….we will say it again…this guy could start for a number of NFL teams and hats off to the Steelers for finding a way to bring him back this year.
Also check out these stories they have posted about Fox.
Keyaron Fox wins PGH Man on Fire Award
Timmons Struggles Against Run (Fox Doesn't)