The Pittsburgh Steelers escaped the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, and that isn’t satire or sarcasm. After their 21-18 win in Cleveland, the Steelers could finally breathe a sigh of relief as they started the year 1-0.
However, as the dust settles, there was one major injury to defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt, which is requiring further evaluation. According to Mike Tomlin after the game, Tuitt suffered a biceps injury, and will have to be further evaluated before the extent of the injury can be determined.
If it is a torn biceps tendon, it could mean the end of the season for Tuitt, like it did for Larry Foote in the 2013 season. With that said, the team will await further evaluation, amidst the speculation. It should be noted Tuitt was never ruled ‘OUT’ for the game, but remained questionable for the duration of the game after the injury in the first quarter.
Tyson Alualu filled in nicely for Tuitt, but the Steelers will need Tuitt, who just signed a 6-year contract extension, next to Cam Heyward for their defensive front to be truly special.
Although Tuitt’s injury was the only one listed by Tomlin, safety J.J. Wilcox was clearly shaken up after he delivered a hit on a Browns receiver in the fourth quarter. Wilcox looked as if he lost consciousness and was taken off the field to be evaluated.
It will be worth watching his practice availability as the team now prepares for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 at Heinz Field.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on these injuries, and also other news surrounding the black and gold.