PITTSBURGH — Steelers offensive lineman B.J. Finney is still being evaluated for a back injury suffered against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and seems unlikely to be ready to play in time to suit up this Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Mike Tomlin said on Monday.
Finney was injured very early in the game against the Ravens and was replaced by first-year lineman John Leglue. Leglue made his NFL debut, and drew praise from Tomlin for his performance.
Tomlin also said that cornerback Joe Haden is still undergoing treatment on his left mid foot sprain that has caused him to miss the Steelers last two games.
Tomlin did not specifically rule out a return for Haden this week, but said it is difficult for players that have not been practicing to get back into the swing of things during a short week of preparation.
The Steelers had been using second-year corner James Pierre to replace Haden, but changed that plan against Baltimore, instead going to veteran Ahkello Witherspoon.
Witherspoon had a key pass breakup late in the win over the Ravens.