Despite some scares, the Steelers look to have a healthy team heading into Week 2.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were victorious in Week 1 after beating the Buffalo Bills 23-16 on the road. In Week 2 they return to Heinz Field, with a packed house for the first time since 2019, as they host the Las Vegas Raiders. When they play the Raiders, they will be doing so with a pretty healthy roster.
After the game Sunday Mike Tomlin had this to say about the team’s health after their big road win.
“I don’t have a lot of details about the status of health.” Tomlin said. “I’m sure we have bumps and bruises associated with play. We played a lot of people today. We rolled a lot of people. We knew we had to, particularly on defense.”
During the game, several players left with injury, and one of those players was wide receiver Diontae Johnson. Johnson, who needed helped off the field, returned to make a huge impact on the game. His touchdown reception wasn’t just a thing of beauty, but was the only offensive touchdown scored by the Steelers.
Johnson’s comeback didn’t go unnoticed by the Steelers’ head coach.
“He’s a competitor.” Tomlin said of Johnson. “They all are. That’s just part of the adversity that the game presents. Sometimes it comes in the form of ebb and flow in terms of the game. Sometimes it’s physical discomfort and so forth. There are a lot of guys that push through a lot of things in an effort to deliver the victory.”
Chase Claypool also left the game in the waning minutes of the contest, and no update was given on his status after the victory. Outside of the three players on Injured Reserve (IR), Stephon Tuitt, Zach Banner and Anthony McFarland, the Steelers remain a healthy team heading into their Week 2 home opener.
Mike Tomlin will be addressing the media Tuesday around 12:00 p.m. ET, and will likely give an update on the injury situation, this including the shin injury to linebacker Robert Spillane which caused the Steelers to make a last minute adjustment to their inactive list. In Spillane’s spot was rookie Buddy Johnson getting a helmet.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Raiders this Sunday in Week 2.