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Steelers Injury Report: Pittsburgh’s special teams take hit with key injuries

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-5, and the injury bug refuses to go away.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost four games in a row, and the injuries on the team continue to pile up. After their 35-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Mike Tomlin addressed the team’s injuries as they now turn their attention to the winless Cleveland Browns in Week 11.

The first, and most significant, injury was to inside linebacker, and special team player, Steven Johnson. Johnson broke his ankle during the first half of the game. With a broken bone in his ankle, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team place Johnson on injured reserve and look to re-sign L.J. Fort, who was released to activate Ladarius Green to the active 53-man roster.

Other than Johnson, Shamarko Thomas re-injured his groin which had him miss several games the past few weeks. Although these players are not starters, Thomas did play in sub packages against Dallas and has been a special teams ace for the team the past two seasons.

Other injuries which weren’t mentioned by Tomlin, but were noticed during the game were Ross Cockrell, who left with a suggested shoulder injury, and Cameron Heyward with an apparent pectoral injury.

Mike Tomlin will update the injury situation heading into the team’s road trip to Cleveland at his weekly Tuesday press conference at noon. BTSC will update those injuries, and other news, as they happen for fans of the black and gold.