The Pittsburgh Steelers won their third preseason game Sunday night on the road against the Tennessee Titans but the team did have a few defensive starters leave the contest with injuries, however. Those two defensive starers who left with injuries were safety Sean Davis and outside linebacker Bud Dupree.
“Sean Davis has got an ankle that’s being evaluated,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said during his post game press conference. “I think Bud’s got a thumb. I don’t know how significant that is. We just pulled him when it happened. Some of the other things we’ll check along the way.”
We’ll have to wait and see how serious the injuries are to both Davis and Dupree and it’s a forgone conclusion at this point that both players will sit out the team’s Thursday night preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers. For whatever it’s worth, Davis said he expects to be ready for the team’s week 1 game against the New England Patriots.
“I’ll be ready for New England,” Davis said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Can’t miss that one.”
Steelers rookie defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs also got banged up during the Sunday night game but Tomlin did not mention him during his press conference.
Sitting out the Sunday night game with injuries were cornerback Joe Haden, outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo, outside linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, running back Benny Snell Jr. and wide receiver Diontae Johnson. Tomlin was asked if the two rookie draft picks, Snell and Johnson, sat out Sunday night with injuries.
“Yeah, we worked them here at the stadium, they missed some time during the week,” Tomlin said. “They’re both young guys. They need in-helmet preparation in order to be given a legitimate chance to play. We’ll play those guys next week. Didn’t feel like it was appropriate to play them tonight given the time they missed in prep for the game.”
The Steelers preseason finale will take place on Thursday night on the road against the Panthers and you can count on most of the team’s starters sitting out that contest. The Steelers will resume practicing on Tuesday.