Gilbert (back) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports.
Gilbert, who was selected by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, was bothered by a nagging back injury in recent weeks. The issue forced him to miss a Week 8 win over the Dolphins, though he was able to return and log 15 snaps on special teams Sunday. In a corresponding roster move, Pittsburgh promoted fellow inside linebacker Robert Spillane from the practice squad with Gilbert on his way to IR.
Gilbert (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Gilbert was held out of Monday's win over the Dolphins, but he now appears back to full health. The rookie sixth-round pick is on track to contribute on special teams during Sunday's tilt against the Colts.
Gilbert (back) is inactive for Monday's game against Miami, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Gilbert popped up on the injury report late in the week Saturday and won't be able to take the field Monday. His absence likely won't effect the defense, however, and Jayrone Elliott could be in line to see an uptick in special teams snaps for the contest.
Gilbert (back) was a limited participant during Saturday's practice.
Gilbert's injury didn't show up until Saturday, which is usually a negative sign for a player's ability to suit up at game time. Gilbert mainly works on special teams, and his status will come down to 90 minutes before Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.
Gilbert totaled three tackles (two solo), including 1.5 sacks in the Steelers' 30-28 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Friday.
The sixth-round draft pick recorded his sacks in the fourth quarter, along with a big interception of a two-point conversion attempt to help preserve the win. Pittsburgh has depth at the linebacker position but games like this may help Gilbert's case to make the team and give him opportunities beyond just special teams.
The Steelers selected Gilbert in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 207th overall.
Where Gilbert slots into the linebacking corps may be a point of contention after the Akron product never missed a game throughout his four-year collegiate career. Gilbert has the speed to be a sideline-to-sideline linebacker, but lacks the prototypical size to be a pure edge rusher. The Steelers will likely wind up utilizing Gilbert as a special teams ace early on, particularly with recent additions such as Mark Barron and Devin Bush clogging up most of the snaps at inside linebacker.
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