The Pittsburgh Steelers might have fallen flat on their faces in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Heinz Field, but if they’ve got one thing going for them now, it’s that they’re still a very healthy football team.
Following the game, Mike Tomlin said there were no major injuries of note, and on a day when the team had 21 of its 22 starters available, the hope is to have all 22 back on the field if Marcus Gilbert is able to finally return from an injured hamstring which kept him out of the lineup for the past three weeks.
With the Steelers only having one major injury, the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh’s opponent in Week 6, are now dealing with some very major injuries as they prepare to host the Steelers in Arrowhead Stadium.
This from Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation’s Chiefs website:
However, this team continues to lose a key player each week. This week it was WR Chris Conley who suffered a ruptured Achilles. He is done for the year. Andy Reid said they did the on-field examination and determined it was an Achilles, which fans didn’t need to be told because NBC had a close-up of the injury and we all saw it.
Conley wasn’t the only injury. There were a lot of injuries from the Chiefs’ side:
S Steven Terrell: Suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff.
TE Travis Kelce: He’s in the concussion protocol. “He was cleared by the UNC in the tent and then when he came in at halftime he complained about memory and so we got him out,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game. “He remembered everything in the tent and then didn’t have it once we got inside so we chose to hold him out.” Reporters said Kelce seemed fine after the game.
WR Albert Wilson: Leg spasms. He came out, went back in and then went back in. So the Chiefs will see if there’s anything more.
LB Justin Houston: He had calf spasms.
WR Tyreek Hill: He came out with an ankle injury but went back in.
While many of the above injuries are minor, the injuries to Conley, Terrell and Kelce are all worth noting moving into Week 6. Clearly, Conley is done for the year after rupturing his Achilles tendon, but concussions can be tricky for anyone, so their practice participation certainly will dictate whether they’ve worked through the strict NFL concussion protocol or if they might miss the game next Sunday.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on these and other developments surrounding the Black-and-gold heading into Week 6.