The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a big 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11 to keep their record a perfect 10-0. But it came at a cost. Throughout the win the Steelers saw several players leave with injury and not return.
After the game, Mike Tomlin recapped the injury situation and didn’t deliver a lot of news, considering the Steelers are now tasked to turn the page quickly to the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night.
With that said, Tomlin said tight end Zach Gentry suffered a significant knee injury in the early portions of the game. When Tomlin uses terminology like that, especially right after a game, it likely means the player will be lost for the long term.
Other than Gentry, Tomlin said all other injuries would be labeled as “bumps and bruises associated with playing the game of football”. This would include Joe Haden, who left the game with an apparent lower body injury, but was able to go back in the game. In Haden’s stead, Cam Sutton and Justin Layne filled in and played well.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was another player who was visibly injured during the game, and although the team said he could go back in, never did. Smith-Schuster’s injury was labeled as a foot/ankle injury per CBS Sports. With Smith-Schuster out of the game, it was James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud who stepped up and saw the offense not miss a beat.
Tomlin said the team will not be taking anything for granted on a short week, and they will have to take a wait-and-see approach to practice as the Steelers are tasked with the quick turnaround associated with a Thursday Night Football game.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Ravens in Week 12.