The initial diagnosis on the knee injury suffered by Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree in the team’s 19-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday indicate a torn ACL, NFL Network reports.
Initial tests on #Steelers LB Bud Dupree indicate a torn ACL, sources tell me and @AKinkhabwala. Tests coming to confirm but the team expects him to be lost for the reason. Crushing for the team and Dupree, who is playing on the franchise tag and is slated to be a free agent.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 3, 2020
Dupree was injured in the fourth quarter of the game. He left the field to go to the locker room for evaluation, walking under his own power, and did not return to the field. The Steelers listed Dupree as questionable to return.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not have an update on Dupree’s status after the game. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Dupree’s injury contributed to some “heaviness going on in the locker room.”
Dupree will need to undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. He was replaced on the field by rookie Alex Highsmith.
The Steelers’ first-round pick out of Kentucky in 2015, Dupree is playing under a franchise tag this season and is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2020 season.