Bostic (knee) said he is healthy and doesn't believe his previous medical issues are chronic, Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com reports.
Bostic has missed 26 games since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2013, limited by a mixture of hip, ankle and knee injuries. He spent the final two weeks of last season on injured reserve with a knee sprain, but he believes he could've played in Week 17 if the Colts had allowed it. Bostic finished the year with a career-high 97 tackles in 14 games, though his stat line otherwise consisted of just one sack, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups. He's had a hand in only three turnovers and three sacks throughout his career, displaying little in the way of playmaking ability. He figures to compete with Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) for a starting inside linebacker job next to Vince Williams, as the Steelers already have ruled Ryan Shazier (neck) out for the season. The team hopes to have both Bostic and Matakevich healthy for the start of the offseason program in mid-April.
Bostic (knee) is signing a two-year contract with the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
With Ryan Shazier (spine) already ruled out for the upcoming season, Pittsburgh has a glaring need at inside linebacker alongside incumbent 16-game starter Vince Williams. A 2013 second-round pick, Bostic has never quite lived up to his draft status, but he did pile up 97 tackles in four games while handling a three-down role for the Colts last season. He may need to compete with Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) -- and possibly another free agent or draft pick -- for the starting job. The oft-injured Bostic finished last season on IR due to a knee injury of unknown severity.
Bostic suffered the injury in last Thursday's loss to the Broncos, and while the specifics remain relatively unknown, his 2017 season has come to an end. Anthony Walker and Jermaine Grace are set for increased workloads at inside linebacker over the final two weeks of the season.
Bostic injured his knee in Thursday's game against the Broncos.
Bostic's exact status is still unknown, but he is being evaluated and should have a more detailed diagnosis in the coming days. As long as he is out, Anthony Walker and Jermaine Grace are in line for extended snaps at linebacker.
Bostic made 11 tackles (five solo) against the Titans on Sunday.
Through 11 games, Bostic sits at 83 tackles, one away from his career high. The fifth-year linebacker played all 58 defensive snaps Sunday in his third double-digit tackle performance.
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