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Updating the injuries to Kenny Pickett and Pat Freiermuth

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t just lose in stunning fashion on Sunday when the team traveled to Texas to play the Houston Texans, they are also dealing now with huge injuries across the roster. Already without Cam Heyward (groin) and Diontae Johnson (hamstring) on Injured Reserve (IR), the team had a laundry list of injuries after Week 4.

No injury loomed larger than the knee injury to quarterback Kenny Pickett. Pickett left the game with what was labeled a knee injury, but on the day after the game we are getting more information on the injury. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the early reports are stating Pickett’s injury was not to the ACL, which would end his season, but more of a minor injury.

While the Steelers now prepare for the Ravens on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium, the fact they have a bye week after could point to Pickett getting closer to a return in Week 7 when the team travels to Los Angeles to play the Rams.

The other injury of note was to tight end Pat Freiermuth. Freiermuth left the game with a hamstring injury and was immediately ruled out of the game. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the injury to the third year tight end isn’t minor.

Just like Diontae Johnson, Freiermuth’s hamstring injury could also have him spend time on IR until it heals. While sometimes hamstring injuries are minor, and more week-to-week, other hamstring injuries can be deemed long term. Sadly, it sounds like Freiermuth’s injury might be more of the latter.

Nothing is definitive at this juncture, and we can expect a more specific breakdown of the injuries when Mike Tomlin addresses the media Tuesday at noon. Until then, be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Ravens in Week 5.


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