Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt suffered a left ankle injury during the second quarter of the Sunday preseason game against the Green Bay Packers and while he’s not expected to play in the final two exhibition games, it’s starting to sound like he might be ready to go for the regular season opener against the New England Patriots.
According to Missi Matthews of steelers.com, Tuitt said Tuesday that he’s day-to-day and now able to walk today in a boot. Tuitt also said he suffered his injury as the result of “friendly fire.”
Stephon Tuitt said he's day-to-day and able to walk today in a boot. Called the play he got hurt on "friendly fire."
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) August 25, 2015
With 8:43 left in the second quarter, Tuitt was attempting to tackle Packers running back Eddie Lacy when his own teammate, safety Shamarko Thomas, flew in from behind and took out his legs. Tuitt stayed down on the field for quite a while after getting injured and then was ultimately carted off to the Steelers locker room after going to the sidelines.
Tuitt, who was drafted last year by the Steelers in the second round out of Notre Dame, is expected to be the starter on the left side this year.
With Tuitt likely out for the rest of the preseason, Cam Thomas is expected to replace him in the starting lineup.
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) August 23, 2015