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Steelers Injury Updates: Karl Joseph Injury Significant, Others Minor



Steelers SS Karl Joseph

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers came out of Saturday night’s preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks relatively injury-free, with Mike Tomlin listing after the game only that safety Karl Joseph suffered an ankle injury and is being evaluated, among significant ailments.

Joseph was injured while playing on special teams, before the Steelers even took a defensive snap. Joseph was carted off the field and had an air cast on his right lower leg and ankle. He was on crutches in the Steelers locker room after the game.

Tomlin also confirmed that rookie wide receiver Calvin Austin III suffered a left foot injury, which occurred in Friday’s closed practice. Austin was seen on the sideline with a boot on his left foot. Wide receiver Anthony Miller, who has a right arm injury, also did not play.

“We’ll evaluate (Austin) and hopefully he’ll get back to us sooner rather than later, but I don’t have a lot of details in that regard,” Tomlin said. “(Miller) has got a shoulder, also.”

Wide receivers Chase Claypool (shoulder) and Diontae Johnson (hip flexor) dressed but did not play in the game. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter, but Tomlin said it’s not significant.

Along with Austin and Miller, running back Benny Snell Jr. (right knee), fullback Derek Watt (shoulder), left guard Kevin Dotson (right ankle), outside linebacker Genard Avery (groin), outside linebacker Alex Highsmith (ribs) and linebacker Marcus Allen (ankle) did not dress for the game.

Alan Saunders contributed reporting from Pittsburgh.

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