PITTSBURGH — Steelers starting center Mason Cole is questionable to return with a foot injury after leaving during the halftime break, the team announced.
J.C. Hassenauer will replace Cole. In the past during the season, Cole has missed some practice time with a foot injury. It is unclear if this is a reaggravation of that foot injury or a new injury altogether. However, Cole missed the entire first drive of the second half with the injury.
For a Steelers offensive line that has struggled so much, losing Cole would be a massive blow to the team potentially melding together and continuing offensive success. On the first drive of the second half, the offensive line looked disjointed and the Bengals stopped the surge relatively quickly.
The injury that Cole has been dealing with first popped up after the Steelers’ Week 1 win over the Bengals. Since then, he has appeared on the report with the injury at various times. If this is a reaggravation it could potentially cause Cole to miss some time. One of the stalwarts of the Steelers’ newly formed offensive line group this year, Cole has been one of the reasons for an improved unit, and has grown to be one of the leaders.