Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Carlins Platel underwent surgery on Monday after suffering what appeared to be a knee injury late in the team’s preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Platel left the playing surface under his own power but was taken off the field on a cart. Head coach Mike Tomlin did not list him in his post-game injury rundown. Platel posted the results of his surgery on Twitter.
Successful surgery 🙏🏽 be back soon
— Carlins Platel (@CarlinsPlatel) August 29, 2022
The 22-year-old Platel joined the Steelers this spring as an undrafted rookie out of South Carolina and performed well, serving as the team’s third slot cornerback behind Arthur Maulet and Tre Norwood for most of training camp.
With the injury requiring surgery, it’s likely that Platel will end up on the injured reserve list. If he is placed on IR before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. roster deadline, it will end his season. If he remains on the injured reserve for the rest of the 2022 season, the Steelers will retain his rights moving forward. He signed a three-year contract as an undrafted free agent.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Platel played just one season at South Carolina after spending his first four years at Division II Assumption College.
He played in 12 games with the Gamecocks, making seven starts at the Nickel position. On the season, he finished with 21 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and two passes defended. Platel was given South Carolina’s 2021 Overcoming Adversity Award.
With Assumption, Platel played 33 games with the Greyhounds, racking up 96 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, seven interceptions and 30 pass breakups.
Platel was one of two serious secondary injuries from Sunday, as safety Damontae Kazee left the game earlier with a left arm injury and is expected to miss significant time. Safety Miles Killebrew (pec) did not play after dressing for warmups. Safety Karl Joseph has already been ruled out for the season.