The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their 2016 preseason opener to the Detroit Lions Friday night at Heinz Field by the score of 30-17 and after the game was over head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the injuries that took place during the contest.
Tomlin said that safety Ross Ventrone and quarterback Bruce Gradkowski both suffered hamstring injuries Friday night and that both would be further evaluated. Linebacker Anthony Chickillo suffered an ankle injury, according to Tomlin, and he will be further evaluated as well.
Tackle Brian Mihalik likely suffered an MCL sprain in one of his knees during the game, according to Tomlin.
“All of those guys will be evaluated,” said Tomlin. “The next time we get together I’ll probably have more detailed information. I know a couple of other guys went out with bumps and bruises, but to this point none of it appears to be significant enough to mention.
Gradkowski, who took over for starter Landry Jones in the second half, completed all three of his pass attempts for 22 yards before taking himself out of the game following a scramble. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gradkowski said after the game that he heard “a pop” when trying to get down following the scramble. He’s set to have an MRI on Saturday, per Dulac.
The Steelers will have Saturday off and will resume their training camp practices at saint Vincent College in Latrobe on Sunday. Their next preseason game will take place on Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.