Steelers Injury Report: Mitchell, Blake Will Be Monitored Closely This Week

The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a few injuries during their Sunday road loss to the Baltimore Ravens and on Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin updated the overall health of his team as they prepare to play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Tomlin first confirmed that fullback Roosevelt Nix suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal against the Ravens and said he will undergo surgery to repair it later this week. Nix was placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured list on Monday.

Tomlin also confirmed again Tuesday that cornerback Antwon Blake (back) and safety Mike Mitchell (shoulder) both suffered injuries against the Ravens. He didn’t, however, say whether or not either will be ready to play Sunday against the Browns.

“We’ll watch and monitor some of those veteran players like we always do at the early portions of the week,” said Tomlin.

Mitchell has battled a bad shoulder for several weeks now so don’t expect him to practice on Wednesday. If, however, he’s able to practice fully by Friday there’s a good chance he’ll suit up for the game against the Browns.

Should Mitchell be unable to recover fast enough, the Steelers might promote safety Ross Ventrone from their practice squad on Saturday. Ventrone, who started the season on the Steelers 53-man roster, was signed back to the team’s practice squad Tuesday morning.

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