The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled to stop the run the past two weeks against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos. In Week 12, Philip Lindsey of the Broncos was the first back to have over 100 yards on the ground against the Pittsburgh defense, but it looks as if the Steelers might be catching a break in the very near future.
With the red-hot Los Angeles Chargers set to invade Heinz Field on Sunday Night Football next week, they might be doing so without star running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon was injured during the team’s Week 12 win over the Arizona Cardinals, and reports state it might be an injury to his MCL ligament.
This per Eric Williams, who covers the Chargers for ESPN:
I’m told initial diagnosis is an MCL knee injury for RB Melvin Gordon. He will have further evaluation on Monday, but real possibility Gordon misses next week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) November 26, 2018
The loss of Gordon could also be combined with the Steelers getting Stephon Tuitt back in the lineup. Tuitt has missed the past two games with an elbow injury suffered in the Week 11 win over the Carolina Panthers, and his presence has been sorely missed in the run-stopping department.
However, with Gordon out it could mean more passing for Philip Rivers and company on a very shaky and suspect Pittsburgh secondary.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they turn the page from their Mile High loss and prepare to host the Chargers in prime time next week.