The Pittsburgh Steelers defense looks to be down another starter early in their Week 2 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. With linebacker Devin Bush and cornerback Joe Haden inactive for the game with groin injuries, the Steelers starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu have left the game with a right leg injury and has been ruled out. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:
#Steelers NT Tyson Alualu sustained a right ankle injury and will not return to today's game.— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) September 19, 2021
On the play, Alualu was making a tackle when teammate T.J. Watt rolled up onto his right leg. Allualu needed help off the field by teammates and was taken to the locker room on a cart.
On the defensive line, the Steelers were only carrying five players for the game with Carlos Davis ruled out on Friday with a knee injury. In Alualu’s absence, the Steelers defensive line will be relying on Cameron Heyward, Chris Wormley, Isaiah Buggs, and rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk playing in his first regular-season NFL game.
UPDATE: It has been reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Alualu has suffered a fractured ankle:
#Steelers DL Tyson Alualu, who was carted off and quickly ruled out, suffered a fractured ankle, source said. He’ll have more tests tomorrow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2021
Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for continued coverage as the Steelers take on the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2 in their 2021 Heinz Field debut.