Minkah Fitzpatrick being evaluated at local hospital for chest injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers found a way to win on Monday Night Football, beating the Cleveland Browns 26-22 in an ugly, yet necessary, win. However, the win came at a cost in the injury department. Following the game Mike Tomlin met with media and ran down a list of players who were banged up following the Week 2 win. No name was more significant than Minkah Fitpatrick.
Minkah Fitpatrick left the game with an injury which is being labeled a “chest” after he chased down Jerome Ford on a 69-yard run in the second half. He was ruled out and didn’t return, and Tomlin said after the game Fitzpatrick is being evaluated at the hospital with the injury. Tomlin had no further update, but said he’ll likely know more when he meets with the media Tuesday as the team has a short week ahead.
Other than Fitzpatrick, linebacker Elandon Roberts left the game but was able to return with what Tomlin labeled as a stinger. Also, Gunner Olszewski being evaluated for a concussion, and is in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
While the injury to Roberts and Gunner O might not be deemed as major, losing Fitzpatrick for any stretch of time, especially when the team was without team captain Cam Heyward, would be problematic for a defense already thin at multiple positions.
With Fitzpatrick out of the game, Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal were the primary safety duo with Elijah Riley playing meaningful snaps down the stretch in the 4th quarter.
The Steelers now have to get ready for their first road game of the season, a trip out west to play the Raiders in Las Vegas on Sunday Night Football. Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for another big prime time matchup.
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