Just when you thought the Pittsburgh Steelers had started to heal after several players sat out the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, another wave of players left the contest and didn't return. The most recent players added to the injury list were Marcus Gilbert (foot/ankle), Anthony Chickillo (ankle), Jarvis Jones (ankle) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder).
Tuesday, Mike Tomlin addressed the media, and didn't just discuss those injuries, but those who were injured during the team's Week 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Some could be back and ready in Week 5 when the New York Jets come to Heinz Field, while others will require more time to heal.
Here are the updates Tomlin gave on Tuesday:
Ryan Shazier (knee), Robert Golden (hamstring) and Ramon Foster (chest) will all be tested throughout the week, and they could be available in Week 5, but it will be a day-to-day approach.
Roosevelt Nix (back) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder) could be limited early in the week, but a return is a possibility depending on how their bodies respond to the stress put on their particular injuries.
Cody Wallace (knee), Senquez Golson (foot) and Eli Rogers (toe) are all ruled out for the Week 5 game. Jarvis Jones (ankle), Anthony Chickillo (knee) and Ryan Harris (hematoma) are all questionable and will also be evaluated as the week progresses.
Of the injuries sustained in Week 4, Gilbert's injury might be the biggest concern moving forward. Ryan Harris would be the next man up, but if he also misses next week it would mean Chris Hubbard would be the next starting tackle for the Steelers. With the Jets' pass rush being one of the league's best, the hope is Harris is healthy enough to play this week and not have Hubbard playing out of position at tackle.
Overall, this is quite the laundry list of injuries for the Steelers, but they are fortunate to not have to travel this week, with the Jets coming to town in Week 5.
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