The Pittsburgh Steelers handled business and won a road division game, beating the Cleveland Browns 21-18. It was not the prettiest of games, but it is tough to walk away too concerned about any of the teams play. A lot of players were kicking off the rust and getting into form.
Stephon Tuitt injury looms over Steelers win
However, the one takeaway from this game that could cause some significant concern around Steelers Nation would be the injury to Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt was deemed out of this game early on with a bicep injury. His return was listed as questionable, but he never stepped foot back on the field.
Coach Tomlin said post-game that Stephon Tuitt has a bicep injury. Tuitt will be evaluated tonight or tomorrow. We'll learn more Tuesday.
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) September 10, 2017
Mike Tomlin had no real update on Tuitt, as he awaits an MRI on Monday. However, some in the locker room speculated that it does not look good.
Stephon Tuitt said after the game, "We'll know more tomorrow," about his biceps injury. Doesn't look good.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 10, 2017
His teammates seem to be a bit more optimistic.
Teammates don't think Tuitt's bicep injury is that bad. Now, what 'that bad' means can be debated. Will have to wait for MRI
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) September 10, 2017
However, as Kaboly mentioned, the definition of “not bad” can be debated. Is it not bad in that it looked like a season ender, but it will only be a few weeks? Or was it not bad in the way that he will play next week.
Either way, his status will be a key to watch as the week goes on. The Steelers defensive line was supposed to be a team strength in 2017. After Cameron Heyward missed half of a season in 2016, it looked like the second-year Javon Hargrave combined with a healthy Tuitt and Heyward were going to give the team a huge boost in this area.
However, now we may be back to square one. The team realized their depth on the line was a weakness without Heyward and signed on Tyson Alualu. He would be the player doing the heavy lifting in the event that Tuitt does miss time. Hopefully, the Steelers ability to hit this hole in the offseason proves to be worthwhile as we wait to see if Tuitt does miss any time.