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Steelers DC Teryl Austin on injuries: ‘Nobody gives a sh*t’

The Steelers have been bit hard by the injury bug this season

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It’s no secret that the Steelers have had a wide range of injuries this season. Receiver Diontae Johnson and defensive lineman Cam Heyward both went down in Week 1 and missed the next month and a half of the season. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dealt with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss a month. And now, quarterback Kenny Pickett will be out for 2-4 weeks with an ankle sprain.

The position group hit the hardest, though, has been inside linebacker. The Steelers lost Cole Holcomb and Kwon Alexander in consecutive weeks to season-ending injuries, and Elandon Roberts went down with a groin injury in Week 13 against the Cardinals.

When asked about the slew of injuries, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin didn’t mince words.

“Really nobody gives a sh*t,” Austin said. [We’ve] got to get it done.”

The Steelers gave up a 99 yard touchdown drive on the same drive in which Roberts was injured. The Cardinals targeted the middle of the field heavily and took advantage of the Steelers’ weakness to score before halftime.

Mike Tomlin said in his press conference on Monday that the Steelers will turn to Myles Jack and/or Blake Martinez for more help at the position.