Steelers head into the much needed bye week to get healthy
The Pittsburgh Steelers found a way to beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5 17-10, and they head into a very much-needed bye week in Week 6. It would be considered as such based on the fact the Steelers are hopeful to get some players back who were banged up.
However, during the game, the Steelers didn’t suffer many injuries, almost all were considered minor. Nonetheless, after the game head coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media and outlined several players who left the game, or are dealing with an injury heading into the off week.
Superstar pass rusher T.J. Watt left the game early with a finger injury, but was able to return and made critical plays down the stretch for the defense.
Calvin Austin III was removed from play to be check out for a concussion, but was cleared to return to the game, which he did. However, after the game Mike Tomlin stated how the concussion concerns were the reason for him not being back to return punts. Instead, it was Gunner Olszewski who was returning punts, and who fumbled a key return to give the Ravens an opportunity which resulted in a Joey Porter Jr. interception.
Another player who left the game, but was able to return, was Larry Ogunjobi, who said he was dealing with a stinger.
On top of the players who were banged up during the game, the Steelers week off will give players like Pat Freiermuth (hamstring), James Daniels (groin), and Dan Moore Jr. (knee sprain) a chance to return. However, it also means players who are on Injured Reserve (IR) like Cam Heyward (groin), Diontae Johnson (hamstring), and Anthony McFarland Jr. (knee) are eligible to return once they are healthy.
The Steelers are now 3-2, and in first place of the AFC North, heading into their Week 6 bye. Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the team as they get some much needed rest.