The Pittsburgh Steelers just can not escape the injury bug. After putting up an impressive 24-17 win on Sunday Night against the Los Angeles Chargers, they lost one of their key defensive players. Stephon Tuitt went down in the opening quarter with a pectoral muscle injury and was ruled out for the rest of the game. The test results came back and Tuitt season is over.
The @Steelers outstanding DL Stephon Tuitt did tear pectoral and will need surgery, out for year, per sources. No longer a “fear” but reality. Another huge setback for team.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 14, 2019
This is Tuitt’s sixth year in the NFL, all played with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 2014 second round pick out of Notre Dame was having a spectacular season with 3.5 sacks and 18 total tackles in just 6 games. His 3.5 sacks were tied with Cam Heyward for second on the Steelers behind T.J. Watt.
This is a huge loss for the Steelers defense who seemed to have found their footing moving forward. Over their last three games they recorded 14 total sacks.
Tyson Alualu came in and replaced Tuitt when he went down and played well. He made some key tackles while pressuring the quarterback to help bring Pittsburgh the win. Javon Hargrave will probably see a lot more snaps too on the defensive line as well.
The Steelers will look to get healthy as they enter week 7 on a bye.