PITTSBURGH — The head injury that forced Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph out of Sunday’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens was a big blow, but it wasn’t the only significant injury the Steelers suffered in the game.
The Steelers also lost receiver James Washington and inside linebacker Mark Barron to injury.
Washington came to the sideline holding his left shoulder and collarbone area in obvious pain after a play in the third quarter, and after a sideline medical evaluation, left the playing field and did not return. He finished the day with three catches on six targets for 52 yards.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that Washington was diagnosed with an injury to his AC joint.
Steelers cornerback Joe Haden has been playing through a sprain to his right AC joint, but the issue could be more substantive for a wide receiver. The AC joint helps the shoulder raise the arms above the head, an essential movement for a wideout.
Without Washington in the fold and with Donte Moncrief a healthy scratch, the Steelers primarily relied on Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster at wide receiver. Johnny Holton also saw action on the outside.
Barron suffered a hamstring injury late in the first half and did not return. He was replaced by Devin Bush in the Steelers’ Dime package and Tyler Matakevich in a five-linebacker sub package the team unveiled on Sunday.
The team had just gotten Vince Williams back at inside linebacker from his own hamstring injury. Barron finished the game with four tackles.