The Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 season is over, and Mike Tomlin met with the media to discuss the season, upcoming events in the offseason and his outlook on the 2016 season. One of the more candid answers he gave during the press conference was the amount of players who are scheduled to undergo surgery this offseason. Some surgeries are merely procedural, while others will require months of rehabilitation to get back to strength.
The most significant injuries which will require a player to go under the knife were shoulder injuries to Mike Mitchell and Jordan Berry. Both are scheduled to have surgery soon, and will require nearly four months of rehab, according to Tomlin. This is the second season Mitchell has played with an injury which would require offseason surgery, and he had a tremendous season despite being injured.
Other than those players, the Steelers will have several players get joints "scoped" or "cleaned up" this offseason. Ryan Shazier and Matt Spaeth will both have knees getting scoped, while David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert will both have their ankles cleaned out. Compared to Mitchell and Berry's rehabilitation, these injuries typically require just a few weeks of rehabilitation before being cleared with a full bill of health.
Other injury news of note from Tomlin's press conference Wednesday:
- DeAngelo Williams' foot/ankle injury will not require surgery this offseason.
- Antonio Brown will still have to meet with the organization to clear the NFL's concussion protocol, but time is clearly no longer an issue with his recovery time.
- All players who underwent surgery at some time this season (Maurkice Pouncey, Shaun Suisham, Mike Adams, Senquez Golson, etc.) have all been given positive reports as the offseason approaches.
This was the last time Tomlin will meet with the media until the Winter meetings and as the NFL Draft approaches.