The Pittsburgh Steelers have some notable injury concerns to worry about as they prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, with three key starters named among the walking wounded in Mike Tomlin’s weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Top of that list of names was Ben Roethlisberger, having suffered an injury to his non throwing hand in the first half of the game against the Cleveland Browns.
“Ben had a fracture index finger on his left hand. It didn't prohibit him from being effective in the second half of the game, but obviously, we’ll look at it in terms of his availability this week and how it might affect him in a practice setting and so forth. Not anticipating it being an issue for him in play, or in game.”
While it expected he will still be able to face the Ravens, it would not be a surprise if he rested for most of the week and will likely wear a protective glove on his left hand on game day.
With Coty Sensabaugh now the apparent starter at cornerback, his progress with an injury that forced him from the game early in Week 8 will be one to keep an eye on. However, after Tomlin confirmed that Artie Burns had been benched for being late to the team’s walk through on Saturday, there is always a chance he will be getting his job back this Sunday anyway.
As well as Matt Feiler played in his absence, the return of a healthy Marcus Gilbert would be a huge boost against Baltimore, but the Steelers’ coach had little to offer in the way of positive news about him or Sensabaugh beyond the platitudes he usually uses when discussing injured players.
“Coty Sensabaugh will be managed day-to-day with his toe and see what that means for his availability. Marcus Gilbert missed the last game with a knee, he’ll be given an opportunity to participate this week and see what that participation looks like in terms of his availability.”