Steelers 2017 Week 2 Injury Report: Tuitt, Wilcox Sidelined Wednesday; Dupree Limited

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Heinz Field and on Wednesday, the team released their first injury report ahead of that contest and it includes four players being listed on it.

Defensive end Stephon Tuitt (bicep) did not practice on Wednesday and that’s not a big surprise being as he suffered a left bicep injury during the regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

On Tuesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said there’s a remote chance that Tuitt might be able to play against the Vikings so we’ll have to wait and see if he’s able to practice any over the course of the next two days. Should Tuitt wind up sitting out the game against the Vikings, defensive end Tyson Alualu would likely start in his place.

Safety J.J. Wilcox (concussion) also failed to practice on Wednesday. Wilcox suffered a head injury late in the Steelers win over the Browns due to a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone on Cleveland wide receiver Corey Coleman. Wilcox reported having concussion-like symptoms on Monday and was placed in protocol as a result.

Tackle Jerald Hawkins (knee) also didn’t practice again on Wednesday. Hawkins was inactive for the game against the Browns and expected to be on that list of seven players again on Sunday.

As for outside linebacker Bud Dupree (shoulder), who missed the game against the Browns due to his injury, he is listed as being limited during the team’s Wednesday practice. Dupree reportedly said after practice he feels confident he’ll play on Sunday against the Vikings, according to Missi Matthews of steelers.com.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dupree got a second opinion on his shoulder and was told it was a couple of weeks injury.

  • Justin

    Didn’t Dupree also say he was confident he would play against Cleveland?

  • Jaybird

    Yep.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I can’t be the only one who would advocate sitting both Tuitt AND Dupree, regardless of the words that come out of their mouths. Last thing we need is a re-aggravation. The Tuitt call being quite obvious. But as much as I have had faith in Bud to eventually become that dominant force, the train is a-rollin’ and he ain’t yet healthy enough to be hanging out the windows. We’ll pick you up at Millennium Station in Chicago, Bud.

    As great as it would be to have Dupree back, that 2nd half of the schedule is where we are gonna need all hands on deck. Let him work his way back slowly this first half, and make sure he is ready to be rip-roaring come the time when we really need him. Sam Bradford is a stationary target. And I don’t think we are gonna have near as much difficulty with Dalvin Cook OR Steph Diggs as New Orleans did. Call it a hunch.

    I love how confident and happy the Vikings likely are with their Offense. Because they are gonna have a rude awakening and a total letdown/trap game coming into Heinz, thinking they are gonna outscore us easily at home. Thank goodness I won’t have to hear that stupid horn 47 times this next game.

  • CP72

    New Orleans started 4 rookies on defense. Should be talked about before everyone puts Bradford in the pro bowl.

  • Nolrog

    I said in the Tuitt thread this morning to err on the side of caution and sit him this game even if he appears to be healthy.

  • derp_diggler

    To me it wasn’t that he beat the NO D, it was how. Whether he was standing in collapsing pocket with pressure or throwing on the run he was throwing darts.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    dupree is on the precipice of turning into jarvis.

  • SilverSteel

    The Vikes are in mid season form already and we are not. I think this game will be yet another stomach churner.

  • Rocksolid20

    you are right my friend . 23-17

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The question is how confident is coach Tomlin that Bud Dupree will play Sunday. I am ok if both Bud and Tuitt sit this game out . It is a long season.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Yoi!

  • MC

    No way Wilcox wasn’t concussed. He went limp after that hit and I felt it just by watching it.

    Really hoping Dupree plays. I know Chic carved up on Sunday but I wanna see our OLB starters fighting over sacks.

  • Jason Vancil

    Bud needs to get his ace on the field.

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m sure Bud started feeling more and more confident he would play against the Vikes each time Chickillo sacked the QB or made a good play.

  • NinjaMountie

    You do have to remember that, last season, Bradford threw 20 TDs against 5 Ints with an NFL single season record 71.6% completion percentage.
    I think he may have one of those Rich Gannon type of late career excellence. All he needs to do is stay healthy.

  • gdeuce

    he’s in concussion protocol, so he was concussed

  • MC

    Im just pointing to the part in the article that says “head injury” and that he “reported having concussion-like symptoms on Monday and was placed in protocol as a result” when in my mind I think its safe to say he was concussed the second his helmet touched the receivers.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Oh, holy hell… I sure hope not.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I can see why most would think that. But I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’ve got week 4 circled as the next churner. That Baltimore D IN Baltimore. Ugh. That’s the “Get out alive” portion of our early schedule.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Dupree needs to ice up and play..tired of him missing too many games.

  • Mister Wirez

    These guys are babied much more compared to the NFL players of the 70s, 80s & even the 90s. Player “X” has a hang nail? Player “X” will be questionable for Sunday.

    I remember Tunch saying back when he played, you’d get: “Ice it up fellas, and the Doc will be in with the shots at around 12:30”..

  • Alan Tman

    Ben plays great at home, so it will be totally different than last week.

  • Brenton deed

    No Jarvis couldn’t do it even when healthy…. more like Golson

  • Conserv_58

    There also were negative consequences to taking the shots too.

  • Conserv_58

    No he doesn’t. It would be foolish to bring him back too soon, especially since they don’t need to.

  • Conserv_58

    Absolutely. That is precisely what I was thinking. There’s nothing like watching a sixth round pick play like a first round pick is expected to play to get Dupree motivated.

    Come to think of it, Chickillo did more in the Browns game than former 1st round pick, Jarvice Jones ever did.

  • Conserv_58

    No he doesn’t and especially not until his shoulder is ready. I’d rather he not play with a bum shoulder because he won’t be a full strength. It is better for Dupree and the team to have a healthy Anthony Chickillo start this again week.

  • Conserv_58

    IMO, the players know they laid an egg in Cleveland and were lucky to walk away with a win. I expect a much sharper and mistake free performance this week. They can not afford another penalty ridden game either. 144 yds. in penalties against the vikes will lose them the game.

  • Conserv_58

    It sure seems that way. Dupree admitted that he hurt his shoulder last week during a non padded practice when he ran into another player, (DeCastro).

  • Conserv_58

    Saying he was confident he was going to play and actually being able to play pain free are different issues.

  • Steve

    Bud better get out there and play, before he don’t have a job.

  • Steve

    Dupree and Jarvis are in two different worlds, so don’t even go there.

  • Steve

    With our backups at these positions, they should stay out until fully recovered.

  • Steve

    Yes, but they didn’t make millions back then they way they do now either.

  • Jason Vancil

    Point is, he has missed too much time with injuries in his young career.

  • deuce9

    Chickillo is fully capable of filling in for Bud this coming Sunday. As much as I would love to see #48 on the field we don’t want to further escalate this injury. Chickillo has developed into a great back-up at OLB. As for Tyson, I say give the guy a shot as well. He’s got a good pedigree and I’m sure he’s antsy to get a start on the home turf. Tuitt is a valuable asset that must be protected. Tuitt at full strength is a force to reckoned with, don’t want to further escalate his injury either. Of course it is up to the doctor/player feedback and HC. This is just my opinion!

  • Cwallace

    Yes, just try and stay healthy till then. Shug knight Suggs had two sacks against the bungles.