Robert Spillane is the next man up

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News broke shortly after Sunday's game that Devin Bush would miss the remainder of the season due to an ACL tear that he suffered late in the second quarter against the Browns on Sunday. Mike Tomlin opened his weekly press conference with a brief summary on Bush's recovery and who will replace him at inside linebacker moving forward.

"Devin Bush is scheduled to have surgery to fix his damaged ACL on Wednesday," Tomlin said. "Our heart goes out to Devin. It's an unfortunate circumstance, but as we always say, injuries are as much a part of the game as blocking and tackling, and one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity.

"You saw Robert Spillane get an opportunity last Sunday and him make good use of it. We've got a great deal of confidence in Robert, and we'll continue to go largely with him in replacement of Devin. We will, through game-planning, look at all of our options in terms of dividing up the labor, but Robert will be the primary man responsible for replacing Devin, and we're excited about watching him play and play to the standards of our expectations."

Robert Spillane replaced Bush in Sunday's game and he filled in admirably, as he was tied for second in total tackles with six (five solos) and a 6-yard tackle for a loss when he sniffed out a screen to Browns' tight end Austin Hooper.

"I just want to start this off with Devin, because Devin is a great teammate and a great person," Spillane said in a Zoom interview with the media yesterday. "He's been one of the best teammates that I ever had. And if anyone knows Devin you know that he'll come back stronger than he's ever been before. I look forward to seeing him getting healthy on his road to recovery as we support him. The best way to support him is to leave where he left off."

Spillane will replace Bush for the majority of the snaps at inside linebacker, but Tomlin also said it will take more than just Spillane to replace Bush, as they can possibly use Marcus Allen, Ulysses Gilbert III, or even move strong safety Terrell Edmunds in the box in a dimebacker role.