Steelers Week 10 Injury Report: S Mike Mitchell Dealing With Achilles Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Indianapolis Colts on the road Sunday afternoon and even though the team just had their bye week, head coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t close to declaring his unit fully healthy ahead of that contest taking place during his Tuesday press conference.

“Like I mentioned earlier, it was an opportunity for a number of guys who have missed time to kind of get back in the fold,” Tomlin started. “It was good from that perspective but we won’t assume anything. We’ll continue to watch the guys that have missed time in preparation for this game and make necessary plans according to what we see.

“Those guys being Stephon Tuitt working his way back from his back injury. Marcus Gilbert working his way back from his hamstring injury. Vance McDonald. And a guy that I didn’t mention was Mike Mitchell, who experienced an Achilles injury toward the end of the football game last time out. We essentially shut him down last week. We’ll get him revved back up and see where he is in terms of game readiness as we push forward in this preparation.”

Defensive end Stephon Tuitt and tackle Marcus Gilbert have both been sidelined with their injuries the last few games and both reportedly were able to practice on Monday. As for tight end Vance McDonald, who missed the team’s game against the Lions with a knee injury, it’s still unclear if he’ll be able to practice this week and ultimately play against the Colts.

As for safety Mike Mitchell, who was injured against the Lions, it was first reported that he had a calf injury last week and that he might ultimately play against the Colts. Now that we know it’s an Achilles injury, Mitchell might be limited most of the week during practice and if that’s ultimately the case, there’s a decent chance he misses the Sunday game against the Colts.

The Steelers first injury report of Week 10 will be released on Wednesday and come that time we’ll probably have a better idea as to which players might ultimately play against the Colts.

  • Stairway7

    Is Dangerfield back on the roster?

  • John Westbrook

    PS

  • Darth Blount 47

    If there is even a doubt about Mitchell, I hope they sit him. Honestly, if we can’t beat the Colts without Mitchell, then, well… yeah… and stuff. The Colts WR’s outside of Hilton are not scary at all. And Doyle has been the check-down and target hog lately at TE, so focus on those two guys and let the “others” try to beat us.

    Tennessee has the WR’s and TE’s, where Mitchell will come in real handy, the next week. An Achilles is no joke, and can seem okay before it blows. As much as people want to harp on MM, I don’t want to see life without him this season, long-term. Don’t forget, he IS the QB of the Secondary still, like it or not.

  • Mark

    I actually think we are better off with Mitchell sitting, he is a FS playing like a SF. Maybe that is what Lake is asking him to do, clobber WR and don’t play the catch.

    Please convert Brian Allen into a ballhawking FS that can cover his 1/2 of the field and prevent those sideline catches with his speed and length. Our future defensive backfield with Haden, Burns, Davis, Allen, Sutton, and Hilton.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Mike Mitchell is the main communicator in the secondary; an underappreciated role.

  • melblount

    And “That’s the way it is.”

    OK, maybe not quite deserving of a Cronkite, but great post nonetheless.

  • Intense Camel

    “Honestly, if we can’t beat the Colts without Mitchell, then, well… yeah… and stuff.”

    Hilarious lol

  • AndyR34

    Sorry…you have no clue to what you are talking about.

  • LucasY59

    give Wilcox more time to prepare with the 1’s and he might impress some people, I still think MM is one of the weaker links on D (not that JJ will be a ton better, but maybe he will take better angles and miss less tackles…which would be a improvement over Mitchell)

  • LucasY59

    I would rather have Allen as a long boundary corner with ball skills, give him some more time to groom him behind Haden and hopefully him and Burns are the Duo for the future with Sutton and Hilton as the slot nickel/dime guys…Sutton might be a better candidate to switch to FS than Allen is, but I dont really want them to move him either, I think a S will be drafted fairly early in the draft after this season

  • dennisdoubleday

    Man, Steelers are having bad luck with TEs. Green’s problems were predictable, I always thought that was a risky signing, but now McDonald has already been hurt twice, too.

  • Rocksolid20

    He has had a history of being hurt , before we wasted a trade
    for him .

  • Chad Weiss

    Wasted a trade? They are on pace to lose one spot for that trade plus the compensary picks between fourth and fifth round

  • Mark

    My apologies, I have an opinion and we shut down the Lions at crucial points in the redzone while Mitchell was seated.

  • #beatthepats

    There was 0 communication issues against the Ravens; and he was on the bench.

  • #beatthepats

    Agree , not to mention he has 1 interception in 3 games as a steeler Mitchell has 1 in in 2 years

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    we held team that is averaging 166 yards a game passing to 206 passing yards. Great example.

  • dany

    Yeah if anything they’re paying him too much, which is why the 49ers traded him in the first place. But when you have money to burn and a closing window, you do that

  • Conserv_58

    I greatly respect and admire the physical sacrifices Mike Mitchell has made to play for this team, but I’m afraid his injury history will be his undoing in Pittsburgh after this season. The signing of J.J. Wilcox was the direct result of Mike being injured, again.

    I think the Steelers make drafting a safety a priority in the upcoming draft.

  • Conserv_58

    Mike is a very cerebral player and he does QB the secondary, but he has never played a season uninjured. As I said above, I don’t see the Steelers keeping Mike around after this season because of his injury history. I know they really like and respect Mike, but physically, he’s unreliable. Therefore, I think they are going to make drafting a safety a high priority in the spring.

  • Iulo

    yeah… drafting a S is the best strategy because a new FA acquisition looks very improbable..
    On the other side, PIT has already some positions to upgrade for next year: ILB (just to bring competition and improve the depth), OLB (since Moats & Harrison may be retired… and not sure about Dupree long term scenario if he doesn’t improve), QB (if Ben decides to retire), TE (this doesn’t need any explanation)… so a S in which draft-round?
    so maybe PIT plays Mitchell until his contracts expires, that means, still another year.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I wasn’t against drafting one this past draft. I think the salary implications are his biggest negative. If he is willing to re-work that to help us, I can see him staying at least one more year. But there can be no doubt, that he puts a real physical toll on that body. So I’m really interested to see how he finishes this year and if we can win a SB or not. He doesn’t miss games, historically, so though his body may let him down personally, he doesn’t let us down by missing games because of it.

  • #beatthepats

    0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. on the road vs ravens- without him. 3 pts for the lions in second half without him.

  • #beatthepats

    I really thought they would draft one given the depth at the position, however they came off the board like crazy. HIgher than expected. Given the landscape of todays nfl , i think a better free saftey in pass coverage is the last piece to finish off a great rebuild of this defense.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    You should email Mike Tomlin and let him know;)