The Pittsburgh Steelers have two scary injuries this close to their first playoff game.
Four days before the Divisional Round of the playoffs is not the time you want to deal with injuries. Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Steelers were handed two significant injuries during their Wednesday practice.
Second-year cornerback, Artie Burns, was the biggest name to go down. According to reports, Burns went down with a non-contact injury on his right knee. Despite not returning to practice, NFL’s Ian Rapoport indicated Burns’ ligaments were still intact.
If Burns remains sidelined, fans could expect Cameron Sutton to step into the outside role. The rookie will likely spilt time with Coty Sensabaugh, who started while Joe Haden missed time this season.
Sutton will be on opposite of Joe Haden and next to Mike Hilton. With minimum experience this season, Jacksonville could target the rookie for a majority of their pass plays.
Pittsburgh’s second injury is interior defensive lineman, Stephon Tuitt. Dealing with an elbow injury, Tuitt was a limited participate in Wednesday’s practice. Being held to a sling while off the field, the lineman’s status moving is unknown.
B.J. Finney was also a limited participate in practice dealing with a thigh injury.
On the other hand, Antonio Brown made another stride forward in his return. A full participate, Brown looked like he hasn’t missed a step during his first return to a full days workload. Rookie wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster, told Yahoo! Sports’ Shalise Young Brown looked, “amazing, like he didn’t miss a beat.”
Brown’s return could be as early as this Sunday. As the team hoped when the injury happened, their star wide receiver would miss the regular season in hopes that he was healthy for the postseason. As long as there are no set backs this week, it’s looking like that will be the case against Jacksonville this Sunday.