The Pittsburgh Steelers won their 2019 preseason opener 30-28 Friday night at Heinz Field and to make the night even better, the team appears to have come out of their first exhibition contest relativity healthy, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
“We remained essentially injury free, which was good,” Tomlin said during his post game press conference. “I think, Christian Williamson had a hamstring. Other than that, just normal bumps and bruises associated with play.
Second-year tight end Christian Scotland-Williamson likely suffered his hamstring injury sometime in the first half. He was not targeted any Friday night in the passing game and we don’t yet have a total snap count on him. Another player that seemed to get dinged up in the second half was outside linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi. It’s speculated that he needed to be checked out for a concussion. He never returned to action after coming out of the blue medical tent. Tomlin did not mention Adeniyi during his press conference.
The Steelers held several players out of their Friday night game and some didn’t play because of injuries. Sitting out the team’s preseason opener were quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Donte Moncrief, wide receiver Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, safety Sean Davis, cornerback Steven Nelson, cornerback Joe Haden, cornerback Artie Burns, cornerback Brian Allen, running back James Conner, outside linebacker Sutton Smith, outside linebacker Bud Dupree, center Maurkice Pouncey, guard David DeCastro, guard Ramon Foster, tight end Vance McDonald, outside linebacker T.J. Watt, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, and inside linebacker Vince Williams.
The Steelers have off on Saturday and then will resume their training camp practices on Sunday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.