While Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt is scheduled to have an MRI on the right knee that he injured early in Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the early prognosis seems to be favorable.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, the Steelers feel they “dodged a bullet” when it comes to Tuitt’s knee injury and the early prognosis is that it isn’t serious.
Keep in mind that this is just one early report and we’ll likely learn more about Tuitt’s knee injury on Tuesday when Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin holds his weekly press conference.
It’s way too early to speculate whether or not Tuitt will miss the Christmas night home game against the Baltimore Ravens regardless. Should that ultimately happen and the Steelers still wind up winning that game, you can probably count on Tuitt sitting out the regular season home finale against the Cleveland Browns as well.
While they will need some help, the Steelers can still capture the No. 2 seed in the AFC over the course of the next two weeks. That, however, will require them winning out for starters. additionally, the Oakland Raiders would need to lose their final two games in addition to the Kansas City Chiefs needing to lose one of their final two games.
A first round by in the playoffs would be ideal for the Steelers as it would give Tuitt and several other injured players a week off
Tuitt injured his right knee while attempting to sack Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton during the third play of Sundays game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Tests will reveal damage, but I'm told Steelers feel they dodged bullet w/ Stephon Tuitt knee. Early prognosis did not indicate major issue
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 19, 2016