First of all, let's put this discussion to rest: No, the tackle Minkah Fitzpatrick made that resulted in a gruesome knee injury for Nick Chubb was not a dirty hit. With the way today's rules are designed to protect the ball carrier, Minkah simply trying to avoid going high to the head/neck area. James Harrison said it best in his chat with TMZ about how the rules force defenders to go low instead of high.
Fitzpatrick didn't come away from the game unscathed either. While he didn't suffer a catastrophic ligament injury, The Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro safety was later pulled from the game with a rib issue that likely stemmed from the collision.
Fans are eager to know Minkah Fitzpatrick's stats ahead of Sunday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders. Here's everything you need to know.
Minkah Fitzpatrick Injury Status for Week 3 game against Raiders
After being ruled out in the middle of the Browns game in Week 2, we weren't surprised to see Fitzpatrick show up on the Steelers injury report early in the week. After missing practice on Wednesday, Minkah participated in limited fashion on Thursday. However, after recently speaking with the media, Fitzpatrick said he is good to go for Sunday.
Minkah Fitzpatrick injury history
Minkah Fitzpatrick has been fortunate to have excellent health for most of his NFL career dating back to 2018. Last year, the Steelers safety did miss two games due to undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
Minkah also suffered a wrist sprain, a Grade 1 concussion, and a Grade 1 knee strain in 2022, per Draft Sharks, but he missed a total of just two games. Fitzpatrick sat out just one game in 2021 and played a full 16-game season in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Pittsburgh Steelers next 5 opponents
Assuming there are no setbacks, here are the opponents that Fitzpatrick and the Steelers will facing over the next five games:
- @ Raiders, Sunday, September 24th, 8:20 p.m. ET
- @ Texans, Sunday, October 1st, 1 p.m. ET
- vs. Ravens, Sunday, October 8th, 1 p.m. ET
- Week 6 bye
- @ Rams, October 22nd, 4:05 p.m. ET