Pittsburgh Steelers: Injury Report following win over Vikings


The Pittsburgh Steelers had a few injuries in their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

The first injury was to Jesse James. This was kind of a scary moment because the Steelers were sitting at Week Two with only Xavier Grimble healthy at tight end. Jesse James had an ankle injury and was able to return to the game.

The second injury was to T.J. Watt and this is the most worrisome. T.J. Watt injured his groin and we have to think this injury leaves him week-to-week. The good news is that I don’t see him missing any more than a few games. T.J. Watt has been off to a good start and was the offensive rookie of the week after week one.

The third injury was to Alejandro Villanueva and it was dehydration. There is word is that Villanueva was struggling with sickness towards the end of the week and so dehydration seems like a likely problem to result from this. I am glad they took him out of the game as they had to and hope that this is just a result of a minor illness. You have to think with Villanueva being a veteran of the Iraq war that he knows the line where he is too dehydrated.

The Steelers also have four injured coming into this week. Stephon Tuitt has a biceps injury and he should be back within the next couple of weeks. J.J. Wilcox also had a concussion, but the fact that he practiced in a limited capacity tells me that he is on the path to recovery. Vance McDonald has a back injury and it is hard to tell how serious this injury is. It sounds like he was injured during the week of practice.

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The last injury is a knee injury to Jerald Hawkins and the hope is that he can start practicing again. Hawkins is a young player that needs to develop to become a contributor for the Steelers.

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