Steelers injury woes vary after preseason win over Lions

The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Detroit Lions Sunday at Acrisure Stadium, and the only concern in any preseason game is always injuries. Mainly avoiding these crucial injuries to key players.

Throughout the Steelers’ 19-9 win, the team lost several key contributors to injury. The first player to leave was receiver Diontae Johnson, who left with what was ruled a shoulder injury. After Johnson was taken out of play, TJ Watt left the game with a left knee injury.

Following the exclusion of these players, the two were seen on the sidelines in street clothes without any help. Most considered this a good sign. After the match, Mike Tomlin spoke about those injuries and said they weren’t serious. In fact, he also said that both players could have returned if it was a regular season game.

Unfortunately, not all injuries sustained during the match were deemed serious. In fact, safety Damontae Kazee’s wrist injury has been described as ‘more serious’ and may question his availability in the future.

What was a shame about Kazee’s injury was that he was expected to play an important role in defense this season. The team had run a lot of three safety looks with Minkah Fitzpatrick, Terrell Edmunds and Kazee, and without Kazee in the roster, the next man might not be able to fill those shoes.

Nevertheless, the Steelers now have two weeks to prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 of the regular season, and the hope is that some of those injuries will be nothing more than a speck on the radar once the games start to count.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest team news and notes as they head into the regular season on September 11.

Charles P. Patton