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Update: Pat Freiermuth Being Evaluated for Potentially Serious Right Knee Injury



Pat Freiermuth points at the crowd as the Steelers face the Ravens on Jan. 1, 2022 in Baltimore. (Mitchell Northam / Steelers Now)

PITTSBURGH — Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth suffered a right knee injury against the Cleveland Browns and left the game. He will not return to the game. Freiermuth was ruled out nearly right away.

Freiermuth was rolled up on during the play and collapsed right away in a heap. As he was exiting the field, Freiermuth needed help putting weight on the right leg. At times, Freiermuth would not place any weight on it at all, leaving his status up in the air.

Freiermuth exited the tent and went right into the locker room. Zach Gentry and Connor Heyward will play even more. It could lead to an increase in snaps for Derek Watt and Steven Sims as well as the Steelers could choose to change their personnel groupings to account for the injury.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that both Freiermuth and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski are being evaluated for injuries.

“Hopefully, those injuries aren’t significant,” Tomlin said/

Pat Freiermuth has had a great second season, replacing many of the snaps that Chase Claypool largely played in the big slot area of the field. Now with Freiermuth and Gunner Olszewski down, the Steelers are limited personnel-wise and will lean upon some guys who are less experienced. But that could mean more on the plate of Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren in the rushing game as well.