PITTSBURGH — Steelers defensive lineman Tyson Alualu had to be carted off the field after suffering a right ankle injury in the first quarter of the team’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers ruled Alualu out for the remainder of the game.
According to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Alualu suffered a fractured ankle, which would mean he will miss at least six weeks. Further testing is ongoing.
#Steelers DL Tyson Alualu, who was carted off and quickly ruled out, suffered a fractured ankle, source said. He’ll have more tests tomorrow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 19, 2021
Alualu was injured on a rush by Raiders running back Peyton Barber on the first series of the game for the Pittsburgh defense.
He was helped off the field by two teammates without putting any pressure on his right leg. Alualu was taken to the medical tent on the Pittsburgh sideline. He then left the field and was taken to the Pittsburgh locker room on a cart.
Alualu’s backup at nose tackle, Carlos Davis, was ruled out of the game with a knee injury and is inactive. Ends Isaiah Buggs and Chris Wormley have also played tackle in the past, and will also assume most of the reps alongside Cam Heyward in the team’s Nickel alignment, which is its primary unit.