The injuries are stacking up on the Steelers defense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are dealing with a plethora of injuries on their defense as they continue to battle against the Las Vegas Raiders at Heinz Field in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. With Joe Haden and Devin Bush inactive for the game with groin injuries, the Steelers also lost starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu to an ankle injury.
This time, just before the end of the first half, the Steelers have an announced outside linebacker T.J. Watt has a groin injury and is questionable to return. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:
#Steelers LB T.J. Watt has a groin injury and is questionable to return to today’s game.
So far in the game, T.J. Watt already had a strip sack as well as four tackles.
With outside linebackers Alex Highsmith and Melvin Ingram III already in the rotation at outside linebacker, it will be rookie Jamir Jones who will also take on snaps should Watt not be able to return.
UPDATE: T.J Watt has now been downgraded to OUT for the remainder of the game. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:
The veteran nose tackle went down on the first defensive drive of the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense looks to be down another starter early in their Week 2 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. With linebacker Devin Bush and cornerback Joe Haden inactive for the game with groin injuries, the Steelers starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu have left the game with a right leg injury and has been ruled out. This per Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten:
#Steelers NT Tyson Alualu sustained a right ankle injury and will not return to today’s game.
On the play, Alualu was making a tackle when teammate T.J. Watt rolled up onto his right leg. Allualu needed help off the field by teammates and was taken to the locker room on a cart.
On the defensive line, the Steelers were only carrying five players for the game with Carlos Davis ruled out on Friday with a knee injury. In Alualu’s absence, the Steelers defensive line will be relying on Cameron Heyward, Chris Wormley, Isaiah Buggs, and rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk playing in his first regular-season NFL game.
UPDATE: It has been reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Alualu has suffered a fractured ankle:
#Steelers DL Tyson Alualu, who was carted off and quickly ruled out, suffered a fractured ankle, source said. He’ll have more tests tomorrow.
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