The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are preparing for a prime-time matchup in Week 12 on Sunday Night Football. On Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin met with media for the first time since Pittsburgh’s big Thursday night win over the Titans in Week 11.
One of the major takeaways throughout this press conference involves the injuries the team faces heading into the upcoming game, and Tomlin made several big announcements on the injury front heading into Week 12.
The most notable injury for the Steelers is one which has existed during the past two weeks, and that is to cornerback Joe Haden. Haden, who broke his fibula in the Week 10 game vs. the Colts, was ruled out by Tomlin, as expected, for the upcoming game against Green Bay.
Other than Haden, Tomlin indicated the availability of injured players Mike Mitchell (ankle) and Vance McDonald (ankle) will ultimately be dictated by their ability to get onto the practice field without any type of setback.
As for the new injury on the report, Tomlin mentioned rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a “small” hamstring injury which could limit him early in the week of preparation. Tomlin would go on to say that, for a rookie who needs as many physical repetitions as possible, his ability to practice will be instrumental to him playing on Sunday night.
The Steelers’ first reported practice will be on Wednesday, so stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on these injuries and players’ status for Week 12.