Mike Tomlin addressed the Steelers health situation at his presser on Tuesday, and there are a few notable injuries to keep an eye on. The most significant of course, is safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has missed Pittsburgh’s last four games with a hamstring injury.
Tomlin utilized one of his favorite catchphrases when referring to Fitzpatrick’s status, saying, “We’ll leave the light on for him.” He also mentioned that Fitzpatrick will practice in “some capacity” on Wednesday and that he is “cautiously optimistic” about him suiting up.
It appears that the black and gold’s secondary could get a huge boost upon his return, as Damontae Kazee and Trenton Thompson can play more complementary football around the line of scrimmage — and allow the leading man, Fitzpatrick, to be the ballhawk.
Other notable injuries include defensive lineman Montravius Adams, who the light will also be kept on for, potentially returning from an ankle injury he suffered against the Tennessee Titans. He is also expected to practice on Wednesday.
Receiver Calvin Austin III suffered an ankle injury on Sunday and left Paycor Stadium with a noticeable limp. However, Tomlin said Austin’s ankle looks “significantly better” than it did after the game — and that he has a chance to practice but will likely be limited.
QB Kenny Pickett is also dealing with a slight ankle injury, as Tomlin noted he’s been managing some ankle discomfort that will limit him early this week, though there doesn’t appear to be concern for his availability in Week 13 barring any setbacks.
Pittsburgh has back-to-back home games against two teams at the bottom of their respective divisions, the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots, as they continue their charge to a potential playoff berth.