We haven’t heard much in the form of an official update on Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who missed most of the 2019 season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered during the team’s Week 6 road game against the Los Angeles Chargers. That all changed on Tuesday, however, as Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert addressed Tuitt’s health during an interview in Indianapolis, IN with Missi Matthews at the annual NFL Scouting Combine.
“Tuitt was totally on schedule during the season,” Colbert told Matthews. “Again, he should be full go as we enter into the offseason phase of football. But again, we’ll be careful with that, you know, get him through the coaching sessions, the OTAs, the minicamps. and then into camp because he is coming off an injury. But there shouldn’t be any setbacks.”
While Colbert’s comments about Tuitt weren’t a bit surprising, at least we now have him on record commenting on the defensive end’s health and offseason expectations. Tuitt, by the way, is currently in Dallas, TX participating with several of his defensive teammates in some sort of impromptu offseason training session.
Tuitt was having a great 2019 season prior to suffering his pectoral injury as the former second-round draft pick had registered 22 total tackles and 3.5 sacks in the five and a half games that he played in. Had he stayed healthy, he may have made the Pro Bowl and received some All-Pro consideration.
If all goes as planned, Tuitt should hopefully be a participant in the Steelers OTA sessions in May. He will turn 27 around that same time. He still has three years remaining on the contract extension he signed with the Steelers in September of 2017.