Mike Tomlin had his weekly press conference Tuesday following the Pittsburgh Steelers third straight loss, this is Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens. There were a lot of questions needing answered, and what might be at the top of most lists was the injury situation.
During the game Sunday, two starters, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Maurkice Pouncey, left the game with injuries. Pouncey came back for a brief time before leaving permanently.
Pouncey, who suffered a dislocated thumb on his snapping hand, underwent surgery to repair the dislocated finger, and although most would think this would leave the team short-handed at center for a few weeks, Tomlin didn’t rule out Pouncey returning to practice by the end of the week.
Mike Tomlin said Maurkice Pouncey had surgery for a dislocated thumb and while he won't practice early in the week, he may get to play Sun— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 8, 2016
Getting Pouncey back in a big game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 would be a huge boost for the black and gold as they try to right the ship and break their current losing streak.
In other injury news, Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a foot sprain, leaving his availability for Sunday’s game very much in question; however, this is where it is nice to have a healthy Markus Wheaton waiting in the wings. Wheaton would see significant snaps if Heyward-Bey is unable to play.
Other than Pouncey and Heyward-Bey, DeAngelo Williams is getting his knee evaluated from team physicians, which could limit him some this week, and Tomlin also added Ben Roethlisberger could be limited in the early portions of the week as well, stating he still isn’t 100-percent coming off his knee surgery.
The good news continued for the Steelers as Tomlin said both Marcus Gilbert (foot) and Cameron Heyward (hamstring) had no ill effects of their first game action in several weeks. A good sign for them to have a clean bill of health moving forward.
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