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Ike Taylor suffers nasty arm injury (Video)

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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor could miss the remainder of the 2014 season after he suffered a gruesome arm injury during Sunday night’s win over the Carolina Panthers. Taylor was tackling Kelvin Benjamin in the third quarter when his own teammate, Lawrence Timmons, snapped the veteran cornerback’s forearm with the crown of his helmet.

Timmons was sprinting over to put a big hit on Benjamin but missed his target, hitting Taylor instead. Players from both sides could immediately tell the injury was bad. You can watch the play below, but we don’t recommend it if you’re squeamish.

That was right up there with some of the nastier injuries we have seen over the years. There is a legitimate chance that Taylor, who turned 34 in May, has played his last NFL snap.

Ike Taylor ‘pissed off’ about taking pay cut

Ike-Taylor-SteeersPittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor agreed to reduce his 2014 salary from $7 million to $2.75 million back in March. The veteran made the move to help his team, but he is still steaming about it three months later. During an interview with Jim Rome on Monday, Taylor made it clear he is angry with the Steelers.

“I’m pissed off about it, still am pissed off about it and I’m going to be pissed off until the end of the season about it,” he said. “Did it hurt me? Hell yeah. Does it still hurt? Yeah, it hurts, but hopefully I can go in and bounce back this year, do what I need to do on the field and we will see what happens after.”

Taylor is 34 and entering the final year of his contract. Even if he performs at a relatively high level, there is no way the Steelers are going to give him much more than a short-term deal at somewhere in the vicinity of the same $2.75 million per season that he has been reduced to for 2014.

If Taylor is so angry about taking less money, why did he agree to it?

“I had seen a few guys who didn’t take pay cuts and went to other teams and it didn’t work out for them,” he explained. “So, at the end of the day, I didn’t want to leave Pittsburgh, point blank, period. Just hearing from other guys coming from other teams and being on the team with Pittsburgh, they say it’s like no other; it’s like day and night, so I’ll listen.”

Taylor has spent all 11 seasons of his career with the Steelers and been an important part of their secondary for most of them. He probably wasn’t going to make $7 million on the open market if Pittsburgh released him, so he didn’t have as much leverage as you might think. Still, he feels he should be rewarded for what he has done for the franchise.

“It’s like you get to a point, why me? Like, I didn’t show my loyalty? I’ve been a good guy,” Taylor added. “You want to talk about a guy who’s going to come in in-shape, not waiting to build up into shape when he gets to camp. Or you want to talk about a guy who’s unselfish and puts his team before his family and friends, you want to talk about a guy who has loyalty, yeah it’s me. It’s me you’re talking about. When you come to me and ask me for a pay cut, I’m like ‘Damn, out of all these people, you want to ask Ike.'”

There’s that cruel business again.

H/T Eye on Football

Ike Taylor wonders if knee injuries will increase as head injuries decrease

The more fines and suspensions Roger Goodell hands out over head shots, the clearer his message becomes. Players may not like it, but helmet-to-helmet hits are no longer tolerated in the NFL. Neither is launching yourself at an opponent, leading with the crown of your helmet, hitting a defenseless receiver, or touching a quarterback’s head. That’s the way it is and that’s the way it’s going to stay.

The idea behind cutting down on head shots is to limit head injuries and improve the quality of life for players after they retire. While the new rules will certainly help acheive that goal, Ike Taylor recently raised an interesting point about the unintended consequences of all the new rules.

“Guys getting fined heavily, especially on our team, we see the commissioner is really putting his foot down,” Taylor said on NFL Network according to Pro Football Talk. “But then again, will knee injuries go up? As a football player — and it’s kind of crazy for me to say this — I would rather have a head injury than a knee injury. But long-term, I guess the commissioner is looking at the head injuries after football.”

Taylor has a point. Unlike James Harrison who does nothing but whine about the commissioner fining him and preventing him from being a dirty player, the Steelers corner raises a valid concern. The league wants players to avoid the head and aim lower. Ideally, they would like everyone to aim at the midsection and keep hits below the neck and above the knee — the way in which players are required to hit the quarterback. That would be nearly impossible to expect on all parts of the field.

Head injuries have longer-lasting, more serious consequences, but knee injuries can be more devastating to an actual career. With guys aiming for the knee, ACL tears will likely become more common. Taylor’s comments just remind us that complete player safety in a game like football is impossible.

Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Ike Taylor Apologizes to Teammates, Fans for Playing ‘Worst Game’ at ‘Wrong Time’

Ike Taylor became well known Sunday for all the wrong reasons. If you’re a cornerback and the general public knows your name, it’s either because you made a spectacular interception, or because you got burned. The latter was true for Taylor.

The Steelers cornerback gave up pass plays of 51 and 58 yards before allowing the 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime. Even though he’s been considered one of Pittsburgh’s best defensive backs, he was one of the biggest culprits in the team’s loss. For that, he apologized after the game.

“Second I apologize for playing the worst game at the wrong time apologize to my teammates steelernation and family. Luv y’all to [death]” he wrote on Twitter.

Taylor also congratulated the Broncos for the win. No doubt he had to be stunned by the outcome.

Despite the win, Tim Tebow is not much of a passer; he only completed 10 balls. But that’s what happens when many defenses face him — they get lulled to sleep by all the runs and incompletions, and all of a sudden they get burned by a deep ball. It’s like facing a pitcher who throws a changeup, changeup, changeup, curve, and then boom — hits you with a blazing fastball with two strikes to catch you looking. That’s Tim Tebow — the junkballing quarterback.