At first glance, it had appeared the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped their matchup with the Atlanta Falcons without any key injures, but it turns out the game was not completely incident free for every player. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mike Tomlin highlighted new injury concerns for L.J. Fort and Terrell Edmunds as the Steelers prepare to face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6.
“L.J. Fort has got an ankle injury, we’ll see what that does to his availability in the early portions of the week and kind of let that be our guide. Edmunds has got a calf, in a similar way. Potentially scheduled to return to practice and then that participation being our guide in terms of game day availability are some guys that missed the last game. Vince Williams with his hamstring, Hey-Bey with his ankle and Morgan Burnett with his groin, all three guys ran at least in a straight line on land in some capacity last week, we’ll see what they are able to do in terms of playing football and let that be our guide in terms of availability.”
It should be pointed out that I have no idea what Tomlin means when he said “all three guys ran at least in a straight line on land in some capacity last week”, but I’m assuming that is meant to be encouraging in some way.
If neither Fort of Vince Williams can play against the Bengals, Pittsburgh would be down to just Tyler Matakevich and Matthew Thomas to lineup alongside Jon Bostic, a worrying proposition. Similarly, the potential loss of both Edmunds and Burnett for the same game would leave the Steelers looking at Jordan Dangerfield or Marcus Allen to fill the void, an extremely alarming possibility to say the least.