After the loss the Steelers lost two more starters to injury, and although the duration they will be out of the lineup is unknown, even if just missing one game could severely cripple the team at that position.
The two injured players, according to Mike Tomlin after the team’s most recent defeat, were:
Kevin Dotson (hip flexor)
Cam Sutton (groin)
The Steelers were already without Chase Claypool (hamstring) in this game, and when you consider they were also without Chuks Okorafor (concussion) the team will be extremely thin on the offensive side of the football.
In Dotson’s absence, it was B.J. Finney who filled in at guard, all while James Washington saw increased reps without Claypool and Joe Haeg stood in for Okorafor at righ tackle.
On the defensive side of the ball, without Sutton the team turned to a combination of players to help fill his versatile role within the defense. James Pierre saw increased snaps, along with Arthur Maulet and Tre Norwood.
Could there be hope on the horizon? For the offensive line that hope would be a potential return of Okorafor from his concussion, and Zach Banner (knee) finally coming off Injured Reserve (IR). On the defensive side of the ball the Steelers could turn to Akhello Witherspoon, who they acquired via trade with the Seattle Seahawks prior to Week 1, to help fill the void left by Sutton if he has to miss any time.
Sutton’s groin injury is just the latest in a long line of groin injuries the Steelers have suffered throughout the first four games of the season. Players who have been sidelined with the same injury are:
CB Joe Haden
OLB Alex Highsmith
OLB T.J. Watt
ILB Devin Bush
Mike Tomlin will address the media Tuesday in his weekly press conference and will likely shed more light on the injury situation as the team prepares for the Denver Broncos in Week 5 of the 2021 regular season.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they press on throughout this 17-game regular season.