The Pittsburgh Steelers were missing some some key names due to injury when they faced the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, but it appears they might have managed to leave Lincoln Financial Field largely unscathed after their first preseason game of the year.
Although he was able to leave under his own power, guard B.J. Finney was the most notable player forced from the field prematurely when he left the game late in the second quarter, and he was seen receiving treatment on the sideline as the first half ended. While Finney did not return after the break, Mike Tomlin would describe the injury as “not significant” when he headed to the locker room at halftime.
Speaking to the media after the game, Tomlin would characterize Finney’s injury as a quad contusion, based on the initial evaluation by the medical staff, but had no more information to share about the extent of the injury.
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Finney appears to be the only name worth mention in the immediate aftermath of the game, but his extended absence would be problematic for a team already missing injured starter Ramon Foster and it can only be hoped he will not be out too long.
While not expected to miss the game against the Eagles, those of you with a keen eye might have noticed that Marcus Gilbert was not in Philadelphia on Thursday night, an absence explained by Tomlin during his post-match press conference when he shared the news that Gilbert had been excused due to the birth of a child.