Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had no update on the status of defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt on Tuesday, despite a report over the weekend that Tuitt is no longer expected to return to the team this season.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that the Steelers are no longer expecting Tuitt to return. Tuitt has been out since training camp with a knee injury. The Steelers have never given any official diagnosis or prognosis for his injury.
Tomlin did not confirm or deny that report, instead choosing to give no update on the status of Tuitt or any of his other players that remain on the injured reserve list.
“I have nothing to add regarding anyone that’s on injured reserve that I didn’t mention in my opening,” he said.
In addition to Tuitt, that includes nose tackle Tyson Alaulu (knee), tight end Eric Ebron (knee), center/guard B.J. Finney (back), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder), none of which have been officially ruled out for the season by the Steelers. All except Finney have spent the prerequisite three weeks on the injured reserve list.
Defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas and quarterback Joshua Dobbs (toe), who were placed on the injured reserve list before the season, must remain on the list through the end of the season by rule.