For weeks the Pittsburgh Steelers have been a very healthy group. It seemed the significant injury bug had left the team’s facilities and moved on. However, as the injury report seemed desolate, last Saturday, the day before the team’s Week 13 game against the Giants, Chris Boswell was added to the injury report with an abdominal injury.
The injury was significant enough for the team to sign Randy Bullock to their active roster, and Bullock didn’t just watch on the sideline, he played and went 3-for-3 at Heinz Field.
As Mike Tomlin addressed the media at his weekly Tuesday press conference, he talked about the kicking situation, and although he stated Boswell could return for their Week 14 tilt with the Buffalo Bills, the team isn’t letting Bullock go just yet.
As Tomlin often says regarding most injury news on Tuesdays, their practice availability, or lack thereof, will ultimately dictate their participation in the upcoming game. This will ring true with the kicking situation as well. In the meantime, Bullock will have a full week of preparation with the special teams units, Greg Warren and Jordan Berry to ensure he will be prepared if called upon this Sunday.
In other injury news, Tomlin mentioned getting DeAngelo Williams (knee) and Darrius Heyward-Bey back on the practice field in some form or fashion this week. Of the two veterans who are attempting to return to game action, Tomlin said it would be Williams who is closer to getting back on the gridiron.
Other than Williams and Heyward-Bey, Tomlin gave no update on Javon Hargrave and Shamarko Thomas, who both suffered concussions in the game Sunday. He simply stated the pair of defenders are going through the NFL’s strict concussion protocol, and when he knows more he will pass it along to the media.
The Steelers first practice with reported injuries is Wednesday, and BTSC will have all the latest news on the injury front as the Steelers prepare for a trip to Buffalo.