The Steelers have dealt with some injuries early on, but David DeCastro is set to return in Week 3. Here’s a look at the injury report.
Mike Tomlin gave an injury update following the Week 2 win over Denver. Readers can see what he had to say. Tomlin seems pleased with the state of his team’s health. As he should be. At this point last year, the Steelers placed Ben Roethlisberger in the injured reserve list and had to rely on Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges to try to get them to the playoffs.
What a difference one year makes. Now that the Steelers are healthy, Ben Roethlisberger has passed for 590 yards, Snell and Conner have combined to rush for 219 yards, and the Steelers have put up 52 points so far. With a healthy team, they stand an excellent chance of finishing next week at 3-0.
Here’s Pittsburgh’s injury report headed into week three:
Stefen Wisniewski OL: Out (Pectoral muscle)
Stefen Wisnewski was placed on the injured reserve, expect him to be out indefinitely for now. Though he could possibly return by Week 5, that’s not for sure as of yet. So do not expect him back for now.
David DeCastro OL: Questionable (Knee)
While missing the first two games of the season, the Steelers still have David DeCastro listed as questionable heading into week three; however, expect him to start on Sunday versus the Texans. A massive boost to the Steelers offensive line, his return should help bolster Pittsburgh’s rushing game while giving Ben Roethlisberger some extra protection.
Bud Dupree LB: Questionable (Shoulder)
It seems unlikely he will miss Sunday’s game; the Steelers may limit his practice time to prevent aggravating his shoulder injury. The Steelers should update his situation later this week.
Diontae Johnson WR: Questionable (Toe)
Diontae had this injury going into the game against Denver. It did not hamper him in the least racked up 92 receiving yards. That makes it seem unlikely he would miss game time this coming Sunday. That said, if he has to miss the game, it seems unlikely to impede the Steelers passing game and give Chase Claypool a chance to step up his game. The Steelers should have further updates by Friday.
Tyson Alualu DE: Questionable (Knee contusion)
A knee contusion, while painful, seems unlikely to prevent Alualu from playing. The Steelers may limit his practice to allow it to heal for the next few days and seem not to have plans to keep him out of Sunday’s game. If he does miss the game, it should have little impact on Pittsburgh’s chances of winning.
JuJu Smith-Shuster WR: Questionable (Knee)
Currently not much has been said about his injury other than the Steelers held him out of Wednesday’s practice. Nothing notable happened when he played. It could just be a precaution. More than likely he should play this Sunday. However, if he can not and Diontae Johnson does not play that could hamper the Steelers passing game. Look For more passes to Eric Ebron, Chase Claypool, and James Washington if neither of the other two wide receivers plays.
As always you can get the latest on week three’s injuries here. Fans should be ecstatic about this week’s injury report. If they stay healthy beyond the game with the Texans, they should be in great shape for a run to the playoffs.