Tuitt Talks About Bicep Injury, Possibility Of Playing Against Vikings

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt suffered a left bicep injury during the team’s regular season opener against the Cleveland Browns and after the initial news concerning the rest of his 2017 season looked bleak, it was later determined that he’ll be able to resume playing sooner rather than later.

On Tuesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed the good news regarding Tuitt’s bicep injury and even went as far as to say that he might just play in the team’s Week 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Tuesday evening, Tuitt was a guest on ESPN 970 Radio and he talked about how and when he suffered his bicep injury against the Browns.

“It was definitely the second play,” Tuitt explained. “The second play when I had avoided the tight end, I guess I had did something then to myself as I was going up to make the tackle on [Isaiah] Crowell.

Tuitt then went into more detail about how the injury happened and what transpired after that.

“It was just when I was reaching out, my arm just kind of went numb from just flicking it out a little bit, so I just got out [of the game] and they were just being precautious with me and just making sure nothing else unless they were able to see in the MRI,” Tuitt explained. “So, since we got the MRI, we saw that everything was pretty good and we’re just going to strengthen it, get it back on, and then once I’m able to feel comfortable with that, we’ll be able to rock and roll.”

Tuit was later told during his interview that Tomlin didn’t rule out the possibility of him playing Sunday against the Vikings earlier in the day and was then asked if he thinks that’s possible.

“We’re just going to see throughout the week,” Tuitt said. “How much of that strength I get back in my arm right away. If I get enough strength back to be able to push and at the end of the day be comfortable to defend myself on the field, I’ll be ready to get out there and put my pads back on and try to get a win with the team. But if not, I’ll definitely be out there to be able to be the biggest supporter and the biggest cheerleader for the team and support all the players.”

Tuitt, who just signed a five-year contract extension on Saturday, admitted that he was a bit in shock initially that he had potentially suffered a serious injury just one day after signing his new deal.

“It was absolutely shocking,” he said. “You work so hard. I did a really good job this offseason in focusing on my body, paying attention to things you’re supposed to do, getting core strength, everything that I was willing to buy into the season to have a successful season. So, sometimes adversity hits you. But what’s a great story without a little adversity in it? To be able to bounce back from this, and keep doing what we was continuing to do and push forward for a seventh Super Bowl for this organization and my first one for me.”

The Steelers first injury report of Week 2 will be released on Wednesday at the conclusion of practice and it will be interesting to see if Tuitt practices even on a limited basis. He probably won’t and quite honestly, I will be surprised if he ultimately winds up playing Sunday against the Vikings as that would give him some extra time to heal his bicep and get his strength back.

In the meantime, Tuitt said Tuesday night that he’s not even wearing a sling on his injured arm and that hes feeling much better more than 48 hours since he suffered his injury.

“I’m able to keep full functions, move it around, keeping my arms down, doing the same things,” Tuitt said. “I’m just not doing an abundant amount of work on it. Just kind of keeping it rested. So at the end of the day, just trying to make sure it’s good.”

  • MC

    Man I love this news. Seriously this D line is going to be the strongest unit on the defense and Tyson really adds to it with his depth.
    I don’t even want Tuitt to rush back too soon. I can’t say I trust the steelers medical staff all that much especially with Sutton trying to come back and re-aggravating his hammy in the preseason.

  • gdeuce

    So, did he rupture one of the proximal tendons or not?

  • will

    “What a country”……….get passed through English class and still make millions! 😜

  • Big White

    Some of these guys are wired so tight, that doesn’t surprise me that a simple pull can cause a sharp pain. Tuitt not exactly fudge & cheeseburgers out there.

  • colingrant

    Wouldn’t mind hearing the official diagnosis. Just curious. Huge sigh of relief though.

  • Boots

    It kind of sounds like a pinched nerve.

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  • Joeybaggadonuts

    My guess is a grade one or two strain/tear…just a guess though.

  • steelmann58

    I really glad he got and the steelers nation got great news.But there is no need to rush him back.

  • Jaybird

    I tore a biceps, not ruptured, just a really bad strain. The last thing I felt was “numb” ! Hurt like hell and I couldn’t find a position that made it feel more comfortable.
    When you hear someone describe numbness and weakness it does sound like it could be a nerve issue.

  • gdeuce

    how do you know that?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Don’t let that jealousy get the best of you lol!

  • William Weaver

    If he ruptured a tendon, do you think they would be talking about him playing Sunday?

  • William Weaver

    Might have pinched a nerve that shot pain up his arm and felt weird for a day or so. I have done that. Of course, I am not a gifted professional athlete so take it with a grain of salt whatever that means.

  • pittfan

    he would not be on a “let’s wait and see basis” with a ruptured tendon. He would also be in a sling, at least. depending on the degree, surgery may be required to repair a tendon.

  • William Weaver


  • newguy68

    Would love to see him against the Vikings but we and he need to think the season and not just this Sunday. Rest and recuperate and bring in Big Dan off the shelf

  • gdeuce

    if it’s the one of the proximal tendon’s you don’t need surgery, and can play the week after sustaining it if the swelling and pain subsides. the distal tendon is the one that requires immediate surgery and would require a sling.

  • NO! Do not even consider playing! So lucky there was no major injury, but that could all change with one play. Wait until it’s healed 100%! I don’t care if it takes a month. DON’T DO IT!

  • pittfan

    Having torn one of my own, I would disagree. As would my orthpedic surgeon.

  • johnhoien

    Dodged one here for sure, great news

  • Mike Lloyd

    Thank you God!

  • Steve

    Thats how Joe Green lost strength in his arm and could hardy lift Lynn Swan.

  • Steve

    Dan plays NT. we still have Alualu. Its lucky we went out and got him.

  • Steve Johnson

    I’m not going to blame the medical staff, but I hope he waits until he is fully healthy before he tries to return. If he needs to take 4 weeks off, please do so. The Steelers will definitely need him in the 2nd half of the season.

  • Ken

    it doesnt sound like he is ready – keep him out

  • SteelCityDefense

    I honestly wouldn’t mind sitting him two weeks until the Ravens game, at the most bring him in for obvious pass rushing scenarios but give Alualu the majority of reps

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  • newguy68

    Dan, during the pre-season was one of the two interior DL when they went to their “dime” or passing defense look.

  • Brandon Watson

    Thank God man. I’m a very logical person in how I perceive things except when it comes to religious beliefs and sports. I personally don’t look for signs or indications in any other facet as far as looking for signs of what I should do or how I should take something as far as it being a symbol … BUT when it comes to the Steelers .. little indications like injuries and stuff … man they cause me to reassess expectations quickly. lol. It’s bizarre. Like, I don’t even care as much anymore as I once did about wins and losses. That is just a result of maturing and having more important things in my life … like kids. The whole perspective, but I STILL allow every little thing be symbolic of where my expectation level should be. Like, back in 2004, I was so sure during that season, especially after the opening divisional playoff game against the Jets when their kicker missed those field goals and we escaped. I just KNEW we were winning it that year. I grew up during those Cowher Blitzburgh 90s teams so I suffered thru all those big playoff losses and that SB loss. Then 2001 … and all that was ever missing was THAT QB. That’s all we needed. Then Ben comes in … 15-1 … it was fated. So that AFCC loss to the Pats was devastating man. But when I kid you not … when Bus came back for one more year .. and I realized the following year’s Super Bowl was in Detroit AND it was SUper Bowl XL (Bus being XL himself) … I swear I thought it was fated. I was convinced. Then he got hurt in that preseason game against Washington but I still didn’t get down b/c we had Duce … WHen Ben got hurt in that SD game and it looked like his knee was blown … that was as devastated as I’ve ever felt DURING a regular season BUT then the diagnosis came back and no torn ligaments. I just knew man … That season there is why even still today with my new perspective and all … I still look for symbolic indications. Last year was topsy turvy .. I never had a good feel until they went on that run to end the season. I really thought it was destined to be Pittsburgh/NE … AFCC game. Then they lost. But this year I knew Martavis was coming back … and I said if we got thru training camp and preseason with no injuries to cornerstone players … we were rollin. Then Tuitt, who I consider cornerstone got hurt 2 snaps in and so I hinged alot on that diagnosis. We good y’all. 🙂 That was so huge man.

  • will

    Actually it is envy………and I will not.