Steelers Injury Report: Tuitt, Gilbert Might Both Be Available For Lions Game

The 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers will play the 3-3 Detroit Lions on the road Sunday and on Tuesday head coach Mike Tomlin went over the health of his team ahead of that contest during his weekly press conference.

Tomlin started his rundown of injured players by talking about defensive endย Stephon Tuitt (back) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), both of whom missed Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with their injuries.

“Stephon Tuitt and Marcus Gilbert could be both put in the same category,” Tomlin said. “They may be available to us this week. We’ll give those guys an opportunity to work and we’ll evaluate that work. If it’s above-the-line, we’ll leave the door open for those guys.”

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) experienced concussion-like symptoms after Sunday’s game against the Bengals and Tomlin said Tuesday that he’s currently in protocol.

“He’ll be evaluated appropriately,” Tomlin said of the rookie wide receiver. “We’ll keep an eye on that and inform you as we get information.”

Tomlin also addressed the knee injury that tight end Vance McDonald suffered during Sunday’s game.

“I think that it can be characterized as a bruise, but it may affect his availability at the early portions of the week and maybe even his effectiveness,” Tomlin said of McDonald. “If it does, then obviously we’ll do whats appropriate there.”

The Steelers first injury report of week 8 will be released on Wednesday after the team practices.

  • alevin16

    JuJu has a concussion? I am guessing MB tried to knock him out for this upcoming game ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Doug Andrews

    Nice to get Gilbert and Tuitt back. McDonald’s probably out this week

  • Balok’s Plight

    Gilbert has been stealing his paycheck this year – time to work big fella!

  • deuce_seven

    Juju was Tweeting this morning. Might no be a big deal.

  • John Westbrook

    Let’s keep Gilbert out this week, bring him back week 10.

  • gdeuce

    JuJu also went to a haunted house last night, so it can’t be that bad

  • Cullen James Riley

    And the dude is 20. Not that concussions should be taken lightly, but he is a young dude. He’ll likely come back quickly from this just like he did in the preseason.

  • LucasY59

    Gilbert and Tuitt should take extra rest and come back as healthy as possible after the bye IMO

    kinda worried about Juju, concussions seem to be a common issue with him, I like that he plays physical and tough but his head doesnt seem to respond well to that type of playing style

    McDonald would be nice to get back he was just starting to contribute so any time lost with him will only hold him back more

  • LucasY59

    yeah but concussion symptoms twice in a fairly short time period is concerning

  • WilliamSekinger

    Great news about McDonald! I was worried when he went out that it was more serious, he is just starting to gel with Ben and this offense. We need a big TE roaming the middle.

  • will

    the impact and severity of concussions has NO RELATION to the age of the person concussed. Are you an NFL lawyer?

  • will

    Outlaw is 6′ 7″.

  • David Shoff

    If Gilbert isn’t COMPLETELY ready we should sit him and let him rest through the bye. Those Hammys never seem to heal sometimes. Probably same for Tuitt. McDonald, I hope he gets back as quick as possible. While the TD drop was dissappointing, he had a great catch for long yardage that was nice. He needs to build on that. He really has potential, but he’s got to catch better. I still haven’t given up on Grimble, his blocking is coming around and he had a nice catch as well.