More official bad news on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ injury front leading up to Sunday’s critical game against the Baltimore Ravens. Sammie Coates will miss the game with a hamstring injury, according to Chris Mueller via Eli Rogers.
— Chris Mueller (@bychrismueller) December 23, 2016
Coates suffered a hamstring injury during yesterday’s practice. He’s battled injuries throughout most of the season, attempting to play through two broken fingers suffered in Week 5. The injury comes at a terrible time for himself and of course the team, playing in their most critical game. Coates had finally worked his way back into the lineup, seeing significant playing time against the Cincinnati Bengals a week ago, and is now back to square one.
Cobi Hamilton will likely get the start and see the majority of snaps on the outside. Darrius Heyward-Bey could also suit up this week, muddying the depth chart a bit, but reports from practice indicate he hasn’t had much of a role on offense yet.
Demarcus Ayers could be activated, though he’ll only play in the slot and if DHB is healthy, could take Ayers’ hat away.
The Steelers will also be without starting tight end Ladarius Green, who suffered a concussion late in the Bengals’ win. Jesse James will start in his place.