Steelers hoping for good news with injuries coming into Week 12

The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a disappointing 37-30 loss at home to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, and the loss not only lowered their record to 3-7, but also any legitimate thoughts of reviving the season.

But even though the odds are against them, the Steelers have seven games left and there’s a lot to learn about this team. On the offensive side of the ball, questions from the play caller to the players making those play calls. On the defensive side of the ball, it remains to be seen if the defense that has made them the highest-paid defense in the league will be as dominant as Mike Tomlin talked about before the season began.

Speaking of Tomlin, he caught up with the media on Tuesday to discuss all things Steelers preparing for the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night in Week 12. There was a lot of discussion but the biggest news concerned the injuries the team is dealing with going into Monday night’s game.

Center Mason Cole probably suffered the biggest injury when he left the game in Week 11 with a foot injury. Tomlin said after the game it was a metatarsal injury, but on Tuesday the Steelers coach said while Cole may be restricted earlier in the week, the coaching staff is confident Cole will be available when the team travels to Indianapolis .

Another injury for a player who may not be as significant as Cole is wide receiver/special team shooter Myles Boykin. Boykin suffered an oblique/stomach injury and was unable to return for the game against the Bengals and Tomlin said his overall participation will be key for him to return to the lineup in Week 12.

Another significant injury was backup running back Jaylen Warren. In the early parts of the game, after his lone reception for 9 yards, Warren walked with a hamstring injury. Tomlin said the hamstring injury wasn’t significant but also mentioned that Warren’s overall availability was in question at this point in the week.

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon continues to struggle with his hamstring injury and it’s unclear if he’ll be able to return to training this week.

With all those injuries, Tomlin made it clear how having the Steelers play football Monday night gives them almost an extra day and a half for those players to get healthy and available when the Steelers play away to the AFC South Colts.

The Steelers now turn their attention to a trip to Indianapolis in hopes of putting the ship back together and winning their fourth game of the season. The health of the above players will be crucial in this endeavor. Be sure to keep tuned to BTSC for the latest Steelers news and notes as they carry on during the regular season.

For a full overview of Mike Tomlin’s time with the media, watch the following BTSC Press Conference Recap Podcast:

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