In the National Hockey League, teams and coaches use terms like “upper body injury” or “lower body injury” when talking about players’ ailments. When the playoffs start, no injuries are disclosed, and every player is almost always considered “day to day”. Once the season ends, injuries become public and fans typically have a “so THAT’s why they played so poorly!” response to the news.
As for the Pittsburgh Steelers, you might possibly have the same reaction regarding Stephon Tuitt’s mediocre 2017 season. Why? Because Tuitt told Mark Kaboly of The Athletic he played the entire season with a torn biceps muscle.
Stephon Tuitt revealed to @MarkKaboly that he played nearly the entire 2017 season with a torn biceps.— The Athletic (@TheAthleticPGH) May 22, 2018
“It is back healed again and strong and I can’t wait to stick people in the mouth with it.”https://t.co/9731dV4OKv
There’s a good chance this injury occurred on the first defensive snap of the 2017 season against the Cleveland Browns when Tuitt broke through the line and forced Isaiah Crowell out of bounds.
Kudos to Tuitt for playing through the injury, but you have to wonder how it hindered his play. Nonetheless, it seems that Tuitt is more than prepared to once again show his full capabilities now that his tendon has healed and he’s back to 100-percent health.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes from the Steelers as they progress through their Organized Team Activities (OTAs).