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Tyson Alualu leaves Steelers’ Week 2 game, will not return

The veteran nose tackle went down on the first defensive drive of the game.

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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:

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:

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.