The Pittsburgh Steelers may have seen their six-game winning streak snapped in a matchup full of errors against the Denver Broncos in Week 12, but the final scoreline might have been even worse had any of the players temporarily forced from the field with injuries during the contest not been able to return.
Short-handed from the start with Chukwuma Okorafor pressed into a starting role after the coaching staff opted to sit Matt Feiler due to a pectoral injury, Pittsburgh would see a number of players needing medical attention at various points in the game. T.J. Watt was the first to head into the locker room to be evaluated for a possible wrist injury early in the second quarter, but was back on the field before the end of the half.
While Vance McDonald would need some attention for a possible hip injury that saw him miss parts of the third quarter, he would return in time for the Steelers’ final few drives. Seen receiving treatment on the sidelines for a left shoulder issue in the second half, Bud Dupree was also able to return to action later in the contest.
When speaking to reporters after the game, Mike Tomlin had little to offer in the way of updates for his injured players, but it would not be a surprise if one or two of them were limited in practice in the early stages of the week.
“We had several guys, I think, that went down at different points in the game with injury. They all were able to come back in. T.J. Watt came back in with a wrist injury, Vance McDonald came back in and I think Bud Dupree came back in as well. So, we’ll have more on the injury front as we push into next week.”