The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a tough spot after a dreadful Week 1 performance vs. the New England Patriots has left the team 0-1. With their home opener on deck in Week 2, the Seattle Seahawks pose a formidable foe to the home team, in their hopes of sending them into an 0-2 abyss.
For the Seahawks to accomplish this feat, they will want all hands on deck, and one hand they were hoping would be ready to play in Week 2 was defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Ansah, who made a name for himself with the Detroit Lions, is dealing with a shoulder injury which is reportedly going to leave him out of the lineup for another week.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Ansah is not expected to play this Sunday at Heinz Field:
#Seahawks DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) is not expected to play today vs. the #Steelers, per me and @TomPelissero. He should be 100% next week and ready to make his season debut.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2019
This is good news for the Steelers, as one less defender trying to take out Ben Roethlisberger is never a bad thing. But the team will still have to deal with the likes of Jadaveon Clowney, who was acquired from the Houston Texans via trade right before the start of the 2019 regular season.
On the Steelers’ injury front, the hope is Joe Haden (shoulder) and Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) will be ready to play to give the Steelers as close to a full starting lineup as physically possible.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news, updates and rumors heading into the 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Heinz Field.