The Pittsburgh Steelers have an extra day to recover they play Indianapolis Monday night, and head coach Mike Tomlin gave updates on the Steelers injury list — namely wideout Myles Boykin, running back Jaylen Warren, and center Mason Cole — Tuesday afternoon.
Each of those three players left Sunday’s loss against Cincinnati early. Boykin exited with an oblique injury, while Warren hurt his hamstring and Cole his mid-foot.
”We’ll see where the week leads us,” Tomlin said about Boykin. “We’ll leave the light on.”
Warren’s injury isn’t considered to be significant, but his status for the meeting with the Colts is in question. Benny Snell would assume his backup role if Warren cannot play. Snell did not get a snap of offense against the Bengals, even with Warren’s injury. Warren has added a shot of energy into the Steelers’ run game, which has also picked up with two straight 90-yard games from Najee Harris.
Boykin is behind starters Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, and Steven Sims on the depth chart, but his absence would leave the Steelers with only four wide receivers. Gunner Olszewski is the other pass-catching threat that remains healthy. He pulled in a pair of passes for 39 yards against the Bengals, including one grab that went for 31. Cody White and Josh Malone are options to be recalled from the practice squad. Tight end Pat Freiermuth was rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett’s security blanket, as he was target a dozen times. Johnson and Pickens combined for 11 targets.
Cole is expected to be limited during this week. J.C. Hassenhauer is the understudy in the middle of the offensive line and replaced him in the second half on Sunday. Cole has been dealing with the foot injury throughout the season.
Cornerback Ahekllo Witherspoon has missed both of the Steelers last two games with a hamstring injury, but Tomlin did not mention him in the injury report. Cam Sutton and Levi Wallace have started the last two games at outside cornerback.