Stephon Tuitt Hopes To Practice By Thursday, Play Against Lions

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that defensive end Stephon Tuitt might be able to return Sunday night for the team’s road game against the Detroit Lions after sitting out this past Sundays game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a back injury. Tuesday night, Tuitt updated the status of his back during his weekly interview on 970 ESPN in addition to revealing how his injury happened.

“So, basically, when you work out and you don’t do things the right way, things can happen and basically that Monday we was doing the workout schedule and we was going in, going hard and the next thing you know something happens,” Tuitt said about his back injury. “We wanted to make sure the inflammation calmed down in it. Once the inflammation had calmed down in it, we were like, are we ready to go?

“But with the injury that I had, there’s a lot more components in it that were causing it to not just be the inflammation. So, we had to take the week off just to make sure that everything is settled, and everything went in the right way. And then from there, I did my job in healing myself, getting ready to get back on the field in a short period of time and it’s a good talk to be able to say I’ll be back out here for the Detroit Lions and that’s the goal.”

Tuitt was then asked if he’ll be able to resume practicing on Wednesday.

“No, so to practice tomorrow, we’re probably going to practice by Thursday,” Tuitt said. “Wednesday we’re going to make sure we warm it up, get it going, get the flexion back in it and everything and then after that, Thursday we’ll get going because we don’t want to beat it up. There’s no point in beating it up.”

By the sound of things, we can probably expect Tuitt to be listed as a limited participant, at best, on the Steelers first injury report of Week 8. Thursday sounds like a key day for him and if he’s able to practice fully on that day, he’ll likely be ready to play Sunday night against the Lions in Detroit.

Tuitt has missed three games to injuries so far this season.

  • WilliamSekinger

    So, Tuitt’s use of the word “we” is fascinating to me. Hopefully he is referring to himself and another person, but I swear he it sounds like he is referring to himself in the plural form multiple times.

  • Ace

    Yeah it’s kinda strange. I like Tuitt’s comments almost always. Well articulated and forthcoming with information usually. Refreshing after reading Bryants comments lately.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    what im wondering along with tuitt is how they are going to work in cam sutton.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Seems pretty straight forward to me. He is part of a team and they have training staff. The “we” seems pretty self explanatory.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Have loved Tuitt from day 1 but the injury bug is a little worrisome. He hasn’t had anything “major” if you will but multiple games each season if memory serves. At least outside of his rookie season. The dude is already becoming a monster and I can’t imagine where he would be if he could have some of those games back as well.

    I have been thinking he would be on par with or passing Heyward this season or next but he definitely has to stay healthy to achieve that.

  • Applebite

    …meanwhile, he’s out looking for JuJu’s bike, too.

  • Nolrog

    Since the week after the Lions is a bye, I wouldn’t look to rush anyone back. Even if Tuitt is pretty much ready, I would keep him limited or better yet, out, and let him come back in 2 weeks fully healthy.

  • steeltown

    Glad to have Alualu in the meantime, one of my favorite FA acquisitions in awhile, next to DeWilliams a
    couple yrs back