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Steelers Injury Updates: Joe Haden, T.J. Watt among Four Starters Hurt in Tie with Lions

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PITTSBURGH — Cornerback Joe Haden has a mid-foot sprain and outside linebacker T.J. Watt suffered hip and knee injuries in the team’s 16-16 tie with the Detroit Lions, head coach Mike Tomlin announced after the game.

Both starting guards, Kevin Dotson and Trai Turner, were lost to ankle injuries.

Tomlin said the injuries are still being assessed and he expects and update on their conditions on Tuesday.

Haden was replaced by James Pierre at outside cornerback. Taco Charlton and Derrek Tuszka filled in for Watt. J.C. Hassenauer and Joe Haeg played guard, something he has not done much of since joining the Steelers.

“He is very versatile,” Tomlin said. “That’s one of the reasons why we had interest in him in free agency. He has played both tackles. He has played guard. It’s all over his resume.”

Tomlin did not use the multitude of in-game injuries, or the pregame absences of starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Chase Claypool, as reasons for the team’s inability to overcome the winless Lions.

“We expect those guys to play well,” he said. “You’re a starter or starter in waiting. There’s a fine line between being a starter and backup. We have respect for the men. All the guys in helmets are capable of being a component of helping us win, and so we proceed with that understanding and expectation. We’re not surprised. We don’t throw pep rallies when guys answer the bell and play well. We expect them to be competent.”

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