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Steelers get good news on key injuries heading into Week 5

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a horrible performance in Week 4, a 30-6 drubbing to the hands of the Houston Texans, but it wasn’t just the loss which has Steelers fans questioning where the team goes from this point forward.

There is also the fact of injuries which has the fan base anxiously awaiting word on several key injuries as the Baltimore Ravens await on the horizon in Week 5 at Acrisure Stadium.

Tuesday Mike Tomlin met with the media during his traditional time, and he outlined the injuries to players like Kenny Pickett and Pat Freiermuth. Turns out there was good news with both of these players.

As for Pickett, Tomlin labeled the injury as a bone bruise, not mentioning any structural damage to any ligaments in the knee. Tomlin stated Pickett is scheduled to participate in practice tomorrow, Wednesday, and the team will simply proceed from there. The head coach continued by stating overall functionality and comfort will be the guide for whether or not Pickett will be able to withstand the workload to get him to be available this week.

Obviously, Tomlin spoke about Pickett’s quality of his work being a key factor on his availability and also mentioned how Pickett is a young player and how young players need the in-helmet aspect of preparation to be ready for game day. Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be the guide, and is shaping up to be a big day for the Steelers second year quarterback.

Pickett isn’t the only one who is dealing with injury, and Tomlin address Pat Freiermuth’s hamstring injury which is leaving the former Penn State product as very doubtful this week.

Other injuries include DeMarvin Leal being in the concussion protocol, which leaves his overall availability out of the Steelers’ hands since the protocol will be the guide. Tomlin spoke about offensive tackle Dan Moore suffering a knee sprain, and he has been ruled out this week. This means it will be the first start for rookie tackle Broderick Jones.

As for lingering injuries from last week, punter Pressley Harvin III’s hamstring injury continues to linger, but Tomlin said they will look at him in the later part of the week and make a determination at that time. Also, offensive guard James Daniels, who missed Week 4 with a groin injury, is looking much better and is likely to participate preparing for Week 5. It will be the overall amount and quality of Daniels’ participation which will be the guide for the team this week.

Is the Steelers’ injury situation good? Absolutely not, but it also could be much worse. They will have a depleted roster vs. the Ravens in Week 5, but a Week 6 bye week is ahead on the horizon, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the banged up Steelers.

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.


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