The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New Orleans Saints 27-14 Friday night in their third preseason game of 2016, however, the team did suffer a few injuries during the contest. After the game was over, head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the status of the players who were injured.
“We had a few injuries worth speaking of in the game,” started Tomlin. “Shamarko’s [Thomas] got a groin that’s being evaluated. Jacob Hagen’s got a quad that’s being evaluated. Soft tissue injuries there on both guys. Cam Heyward’s got an ankle that’s being evaluate, don’t know the significance of that. Some other guys went out with bumps and bruise and so forth but those appear to be the three at this juncture.”
In addition to Shamarko Thomas, Jacob Hagen and Cameron Heyward all getting injured Friday night, tackle Marcus Gilbert also left the game early with an elbow injury. Tomlin was asked if his injury was serious at all during his post game press conference.
“To my knowledge it’s not,” said Tomlin.
Hagen will likely be waived injured early next week. As for Thomas and Heyward, we’ll have to wait and see how long both will be sidelined and you can probably count on both players sitting out the preseason finale next week.
Heyward did have his ankle in a walking boot during the second half of Friday night’s game and was standing on the sideline. After the game Heyward said he will have MRI on Saturday, but stated he’s OK.
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) August 27, 2016
Steelers DE Cam Heyward has a high ankle sprain but told me, "I'll be there Week One."
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 27, 2016
Cam Heyward said he was chopped. Said he will have MRI tomorrow but said he's OK
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) August 27, 2016