The Steelers suffered a pair of key injuries to first-team defensive personnel on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, the severity of which has yet to be determined.
Starting free safety Sean Davis was injured late in the second quarter and taken off the field under supervision. Starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree was also apparently injured, head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game.
“A few bumps and bruises along the way,” Tomlin said. “Sean Davis has got an ankle that’s being evaluated. I think Bud has got a thumb. I don’t know how significant that is. We just pulled it when it happened.”
Davis was replaced by Kameron Kelly. Dupree was spelled by sixth-round pick Sutton Smith, who made his return from an abdominal injury. The Steelers have a slew of injuries at the outside linebacker position. Ola Adeniyi is out at least another one to three weeks after knee surgery and Anthony Chickillo missed the game with a chest injury suffered during preseason Week 2.
The Steelers were without a handful of players from the beginning of the game. Cornerback Joe Haden (foot contusion) and tight end Christian Scotland-Williamson (hamstring) have yet to play this preseason. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson (undisclosed) and running back Benny Snell (groin) also were held out.
“We worked them here at the stadium,” Tomlin said. “They missed some time during the week. 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.”
Linebacker Devin Bush (undisclosed), guard David DeCastro (soreness), tight end Zach Gentry (upper body), Maurkice Pouncey (undisclosed) returned to action.