Gilbert suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 42-37 loss to the Chiefs, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Gilbert has only played a full 16-game season once in his eight-year NFL career, so the starting right tackle's upcoming availability may be hampered as he recovers. The severity of Gilbert's hamstring injury remains undisclosed, so look for an update if he is unable to practice fully prior to Monday's game against the Buccaneers.
Gilbert spent the offseason working with physical therapists and trainers to improve the flexibility in his lower legs, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Gilbert has only played a full, 16-game slate once in his eight-year career and is being proactive in his quest to add a second tally to that feat. Showing no signs of the potential concussion he may have suffered in the Steelers' playoff loss to the Jaguars, Gilbert looks to be entering training camp as healthy as ever after finishing the 2017 season as Pro Football Focus' seventh-ranked right tackle.
Gilbert will remain subject to the league's concussion protocol, while his status for the AFC championship may be in question if the Steelers were to advance past the divisional round.
Gilbert figures to be replaced by Chris Hubbard at right tackle, but the former could return if he's able to clear the league's concussion protocol in a timely manner.
Gilbert (suspension) has returned to the Steelers' active roster.
Gilbert was given a four-game suspension in late November for violating the league's policy regarding performance enhancing substances. The 29-year-old will hope to reclaim his starting spot at right tackle, but it's not guaranteed with fill-in Chris Hubbard having started 10 of 14 games this season due to Gilbert's injuries and suspension.
|3||9/24/18||@ TB||8:15 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/4/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ JAC||8:20 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ OAK||8:20 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|