The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a very healthy team throughout the first seven weeks of the season. Yes, they’ve had to deal with a couple of starters missing a start here and there, but they’ve avoided the big injury which could totally derail their promising season.
[For those who are superstitious, I just knocked on wood.]
As the team heads into Week 8 and prepares for the Detroit Lions, Mike Tomlin updated the team’s injuries at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
The most notable injuries—two players who missed the Week 7 game against the Bengals—were Stephon Tuitt and Marcus Gilbert. Tomlin stated that both Tuitt and Gilbert “may be available” for the upcoming prime-time game, and said he’d “give them an opportunity to work” at practice this week. As always, Tomlin mentioned he would “leave the door open” for them to return to the lineup.
Tomlin also mentioned a pair of injuries which occurred during Sunday’s game at Heinz Field. First, JuJu Smith-Schuster reported concussion-like symptoms after the game. Outside of entering the NFL’s strict concussion protocol, he’ll be “evaluated properly” before he’s able to return to practice. Although he wasn’t technically diagnosed with a concussion to our knowledge, if he was indeed concussed, it would be his second of the season.
The other injury which happened during the Bengals game was to tight end Vance McDonald. Tomlin stated McDonald’s injury could be labeled as a “knee bruise”, but it may impact his availability and effectiveness this week.
Keep your eye on the first injury report after Wednesday’s practice, and you’ll find all of that information right here at BTSC, your one-stop shop for all things black-and-gold.