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Steelers’ Injury Report: No guarantee injured starters return vs. the Colts

Mike Tomlin met with the media on Tuesday, and he was less than glowing regarding some of the starters’ availability this upcoming Sunday.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off their bye-week, and are now preparing to play the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. As the team gets back to the practice field on Wednesday, head coach Mike Tomlin met with the media on Tuesday for his weekly press conference, and he addressed the injuries the team is facing coming off of the bye.

Tomlin spoke about how, during the bye-week, it was great to see Stephon Tuitt (back), Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and Vance McDonald (knee) back in the loop in some fashion, and he’s hopeful to have them available on Sunday. But another starter is far less certain.

That starter is Mike Mitchell. It was reported, and confirmed on Tuesday by Tomlin that Mitchell suffered an Achilles tendon injury in the waning moments of the Week-8 game against the Detroit Lions, and there’s no way to tell if Mitchell could play Sunday in Indianapolis until the team starts practice on Wednesday.

Tomlin went on the tell how the team “shut down” Mitchell for the entire bye-week in hopes of allowing his injury to heal, and his availability won’t be gauged until the team gets back to practice Wednesday.

As always, Tomlin said practice will dictate players’ availability, and you can stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the injury front as the team preps for the Colts.