Mike Tomlin hints at a Pat Freiermuth return vs. the Browns
The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Cleveland Browns on the road in Week 11, but a big question surrounding the Steelers will be which players will, or won’t, be available in the big AFC North game.
Tuesday Mike Tomlin met with the media to talk about the state of the Steelers, and he provided a detailed look at the Steelers injury situation before Sunday’s game. As everyone already knew, the Steelers lost another inside linebacker for the season, this time Kwon Alexander to a ruptured Achilles tendon. This one week after losing Cole Holcomb to a knee injury.
Outside of the injury to Alexander, Tomlin outlined several other players who are either dealing with injuries, or are on their way back from injury.
The biggest name was Minkah Fitzpatrick’s potential return as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Tomlin stated Fitzpatrick, who has missed the last two games, will return to practice this week. From there, it depends on how the hamstring responds from the workload as to whether he can return vs. Cleveland or be on the shelf for another week.
A player who many fans might have forgotten about was tight end Pat Freiermuth. Freiermuth is now eligible to come off Injured Reserve (IR) with a hamstring injury, and Tomlin said they “feel good” for Freiermuth to return to work this week. That doesn’t mean he is a guarantee to play Sunday, but the Steelers will take a look at him throughout the week to see how he feels. If all goes according to plan, Freiermuth could be back in the fold this Sunday.
Other injuries of note were safety Keanu Neal, who suffered a rib injury vs. the Packers in Week 10. Tomlin said they will see how he feels and if the injury could impact his participation this week leading up to game time.
Another player in the same boat is nose tackle Montravius Adams. Adams missed the Green Bay game with an ankle injury, and Tomlin said they are hoping to get Adams back on the practice field this week in hopes he could return to the lineup and help bolster the defensive line vs. the run-heavy Browns.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Steelers injury reports, which will start Wednesday afternoon, right here at the Steel Curtain Network. Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of the regular season.