Believe it or not, there’s actual football to talk about as the Pittsburgh Steelers begin their preparations for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. The discussion does, and rightfully should, start with some key injuries in the Steelers’ starting lineup.
On Tuesday, Mike Tomlin addressed the media for his weekly press conference. At that time, he also updated several injuries which plagued the team’s lineup vs. the Chicago Bears in Week 4, and could potentially plague the lineup this Sunday.
According to Tomlin, there were some new injuries to note, but he’s optimistic regarding the return of T.J. Watt and Stephon Tuitt in Week 4.
Injuries: Sean Davis (ankle), Mitchell (hamstring strain at end of game), James (shoulder), all of them will be watched this week— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) September 26, 2017
Tomlin optimistic about "inclusion" of Watt, Tuitt for Ravens game— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) September 26, 2017
It’s not ideal to have your starting safety tandem out with injuries heading into the biggest game of the regular season but, thankfully, the team signed J.J. Wilcox prior to the start of the 2017 regular season. As in the case of all Steelers’ injuries, their ability or inability to practice will ultimately dictate whether they can play on game day.
The news of Watt’s and Tuitt’s possible return is great news for a defense that needs all hands on deck against their bitter AFC North rivals. If both participate fully throughout the week, their participation on Sunday will be a no-brainer, barring any setbacks.
The only injury which wasn’t specifically discussed was tackle Marcus Gilbert’s hamstring injury, but roster moves could point to him being available this Sunday.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the Steelers injury reports as the team reports to practice Wednesday for the first day of preparation during ‘Ravens Week’.