Following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 7 win over the Los Angeles Rams, the team remains on relatively high ground in terms of overall health. It’s great news considering their struggles with health to start the season, having lost several impact players to injury out of the gate in Week 1.
As HC Mike Tomlin noted Tuesday, the only new injury to watch ahead of Week 8 will be for linebacker Cole Holcomb, who suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s game, though he eventually returned to action later on. The expectation is that he could be limited to start the week, with his participation and quality of participation dictating his availability for Week 8’s showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tomlin also took time to discuss RB Anthony McFarland, whose 21-day practice window had been activated last week following a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve. Though McFarland was listed as a full participant in each of last week’s practices, the team did not officially activate him off of the injured reserve list.
McFarland, who had officially won the role as the Steelers’ starting kick returner, could be a huge addition to the special teams corps, having just released backup returner WR Gunner Olszewski following a slew of mistakes that defined his 2023 season. In Week 7, RB Godwin Igwebuike played as the team’s starting kick returner, but it would seem natural to slot McFarland back into that role once he’s healthy enough to do so.