The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 8 on Monday Night Football, but the game took its toll on the team in regards to injuries. Throughout the four quarter prime time contest the Steelers saw both starters, and backups, leave the game with injuries.
In his post-game press conference Mike Tomlin highlighted several key injuries which could impact the lineup heading into the team’s Week 9 game vs. the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field.
There were two known injuries which occurred during the game and were reported as out prior to the end of regulation. Those were Ramon Foster (concussion) and Benny Snell (knee). Tomlin stated Foster is now in the NFL’s concussion protocol, and his availability will depend on how his body heals. As for Snell, he is having his knee evaluated, but the return of Jaylen Samuels couldn’t come at a better time.
Injuries of note that weren’t known during the game were to center Maurkice Pouncey (calf) and James Conner (shoulder / AC Joint). Pouncey was able to remain in the game despite the injury, but Conner left the game holding his shoulder. The fact Tomlin stated Conner could be dealing with an AC joint issue is good news compared to the alternative.
The injury list might not be long, but it certainly is significant. Three of the four players mentioned by Tomlin after the game are starters, and Snell is the top backup behind Conner. Mike Tomlin will address the media tomorrow, Tuesday, with the Steelers now having a short week as they prepare for the Indianapolis Colts coming to Heinz Field in Week 9.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the AFC South leading Colts this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.