Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson is having an MRI on his knee on Thursday, head coach Mike Tomlin announced, after suffering an injury in the Steelers’ Week 12 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday.
Nelson was able to stay in the game against Baltimore and never needed the assistance of trainers to be helped from the field, but with a short week of rest and recovery ahead of the Steelers, his situation will be one to monitor.
Nelson had one solo tackle in the game, a tackle for loss of Ravens running back Justice Hill in the first quarter.
If Nelson is unable to play, his role would likely fall to second-year backup Justin Layne, who has seen an increased role in the defense in the second half of this season while helping to fill in for injured slot corner Mike Hilton. Fellow slot corner Cam Sutton can also play outside, if needed.
Nelson has missed just one game since coming to Pittsburgh at the start of the 2019 season, but did miss time in 2017 when with the Kansas City Chiefs after core muscle surgery.