The Pittsburgh Steelers have seen the injury bug sweep through their team throughout the course of just one week. After their Week 1 victory over the Buffalo Bills the Steelers were a healthy team heading into the Week 2 contest vs. the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field. Starting Friday of last week, that all changed.
Now, heading into the Week 3 game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers aren’t sure of the availability of the following players, due to injury:
T.J. Watt (groin)
Joe Haden (groin)
Devin Bush (groin)
Diontae Johnson (knee)
On top of those injured players, there was also the chance the Steelers could be without right guard Trai Turner after he was ejected after reportedly spitting on a Raiders player during the second half of the game Sunday.
However, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Turner is likely to avoid suspension, but could still face a financial penalty for his actions.
For the Steelers, who have a such a young and inexperienced offensive line, losing the veteran of the group could be a huge hit to the unit. After the game, head coach Mike Tomlin had this to say about the overall situation.
“Somebody spit in his face.” Tomlin said. “And so I understand the 15-yard penalties and so forth, gaining control of the game and stuff, Trai is not a young guy, he’s not overly emotional; he’s a flat-liner. For him to respond the way that he responded, what transpired had to transpire. I was stating that case to them. I didn’t believe he did enough to be kicked out of the football game. That was just my opinion.”
If the report holds true, and Turner is able to play for the Steelers this Sunday at Heinz Field, it would be the best case scenario not just for Turner, but also the Steelers’ offense, as they hope to rebound and win their first divisional game of 2021.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the upcoming AFC North grudge match in Week 3.