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Steelers injury situation goes from bad to worse as the short week begins

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a horrible loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13 of the regular season, and they have very little time to wallow in self pity. Instead, the Steelers have to turn the page and prepare for the New England Patriots in Week 14 on Thursday Night Football.

In preparation for the short week, Mike Tomlin met with media Monday, compared to his usual Tuesday time, and he spoke about his team as they ramp up for the 2 win Patriots to invade Acrisure Stadium. Of all the storylines coming into this contest, the team’s injury situation was at the forefront of the discussion.

During the press conference Mike Tomlin updated the myriad of player injuries the team is dealing with heading into a short week.

Kenny Pickett’s injured ankle was described as a high ankle sprain by Tomlin. He went on to add Pickett had the injury surgically repaired Monday morning to accelerate the healing process. While he didn’t have an update on how long Pickett would be out, he did rule him out this week vs. the Patriots. In the question and answer portion of the press conference Tomlin was asked if this injury could be deemed season-ending, and he said it wasn’t.

Offensive guard Isaac Seumalo left the game Sunday with a shoulder injury, and Tomlin labeled Seumalo as questionable for the upcoming game. Like Seumalo, Elandon Roberts was also labeled as questionable with a groin injury which had him leaving the game vs. Arizona.

James Pierre was a question mark for the team Sunday, but was able to play through a shoulder injury to get on the field. According to Tomlin, Pierre is feeling the effects of play Sunday and also could be labeled as questionable for the upcoming game.

Not all injury news was negative. Tomlin said defensive lineman Montravius Adams should be good-to-go and return to the lineup after missing significant time with an ankle injury. Adams was close to playing last week, but will be active on Thursday as the Patriots come to Pittsburgh.

Minkah Fitzpatrick was brought up by Tomlin in the post-game press conference for breaking his hand in-game Sunday. Tomlin referenced Monday how Fitzpatrick was able to finish the game, and added he is expecting more of the same on Thursday. With that said, Tomlin is expecting to have his defensive secondary captain available and ready this week.

T.J. Watt was in visible pain in the 4th quarter of the game Sunday but was able to finish the game. Watt himself said he was fine in his post-game press conference, and Tomlin doubled-down on that saying he was dealing with some in-game injuries but it likely isn’t anything which will hinder his availability on a short week.

Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Patriots on Thursday Night Football in Week 14.

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