NFL Draft: Defensive line help? Perhaps Steelers will look


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The Steelers will likely be adding to this group in the draft. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

When asked if his defensive line was too banged up at the end of the season to be effective, Mike Tomlin didn't pull any punches.

"Everybody’s defensive line is banged up," Tomlin said at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla. "Don’t excuse-make. I’m not joining you in that."

Tomlin might not want to join in a public discussion, but there was no doubt the Steelers' line was banged up and pushed around in its season-ending 45-42 playoff loss to Jacksonville when defensive end Stephon Tuitt suffered an elbow injury in practice in the days before the game, while nose tackle Javon Hargrave tweaked his back.

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