Week 3 post-game injury report: Steelers win vs. Texans but fall elsewhere
The Pittsburgh Steelers turn heel against the Houston Texans in the second half, winning 28-21 and advance to 3-0, but with some added injuries along the way.
It was only a year ago that the Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves alongside the bottom of the barrel, falling to 0-3 to begin the 2019 NFL season. Crushing efforts by the defense and attempts of an offense trying to be an offense, the return of QB Ben Roethlisberger in 2020 has catapulted the respect and record back to the top of the AFC.
Imposing their will in the second half against the Houston Texans, the Steelers triumph the playmaking ability of QB Deshaun Watson and company, 28-21. Moving forward to their third straight win, they escape a would-be ugly loss but still leave with some worries of their own.
The injury bug extends its way to the Steelers
If any headline has run rampant for the NFL, it’s the number of injuries that have stacked up in only three weeks of football. An unprecedented amount to the point where you wish you could toggle them off, the Steelers are no strangers and have only added more.
Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson was the enter the medical tent after being sandwiched in between two Texans defenders. Launched from behind into another player, he made head-to-head contact ruling him out for a possible concussion, as reported by Burt Lauten of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Also, in a game that made history for the Watt brothers – the first time they were ever all on the field at the same time and only the second instance in NFL history that three brothers played in the same game – Steelers FB Derek Watt was also ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
A tragedy for both players looking out to prove themselves in different ways, the timetable of each missing action shouldn’t pose for long and already back in good spirits.
Besides Johnson and Watt, head coach Mike Tomlin reports post-game that it’s none other than usual bumps and bruises. Still an afternoon to celebrate, the good guys are undefeated and sit atop the NFL looking ahead to a tough Tennessee Titans team.
We will be keeping our fingers crossed that these injuries were minor and that the Steelers can have Diontae Johnson and Derek Watt return to the field soon. Through three games, Pittsburgh is off to its best start to the season since 2010. They are in for a promising year if they can keep their players on the field.