The Pittsburgh Steelers are riding a 3-game winning streak, and sporting one of the hottest offensive units in the NFL. With the success, there is no question the team's ability to remain relatively healthy has been a huge factor in the equation. Before their bye week, the Steelers had nearly a dozen players listed on the team's injury report leading up to their next game. In recent weeks, you can count the players on one hand.
As Mike Tomlin addressed the media Tuesday at his weekly press conference, he spoke of the typical "bumps and bruises" which come with the territory of playing football in the NFL, but the only player he mentioned specifically on the injury front was Mike Mitchell.
Mitchel suffered a shoulder injury in the team's Week 14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and re-injured the joint against the Denver Broncos in Week 15. Mitchell has been a rock for the secondary, and a constant at the safety position. Tomlin downplayed the injury, but did say Mitchell could be limited in the early portion of the work week. The same preventative measures were taken last week, and Mitchell started the football game.
Other than Mitchell, Tomlin mentioned giving some veterans Wednesday off, something he has done repeatedly since taking over the team in 2007. William Gay, Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth and James Harrison are regulars on the Mike Tomlin maintenance day schedule, and will likely be there again heading into Week 16.
The Steelers travel to M&T Bank Stadium to play AFC North rival the Baltimore Ravens Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. EDT kickoff due to the NFL flexing the game out of the Sunday Night Football time slot and moving it to the normal daytime kickoff.