PITTSBURGH — Add outside linebacker Alex Highsmith to the growing list of Steelers players with injury issues, as the starting right outside linebacker suffered a groin injury during the team’s Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday.
It’s not clear how the injury will impact Highsmith, who played 44 defensive snaps against the Raiders, going forward.
The injury will be compounded by the fact that starting left outside linebacker T.J. Watt left the game in the first half and did not return with a groin injury of his own.
Tomlin said that the nature of groin injuries in particular makes it difficult to gauge the severity of the injury and how long it will cause a player to be out for.
“That’s why I’m not making any drastic statements about the availability of any of these guys,” Tomlin said. “The degree of injury changes the prognosis and the man himself changes the prognosis. We’ll give guys an opportunity that are close enough to practice.”
Absences by both Watt and Highsmith would leave veteran Melvin Ingram and first-year player Jamir Jones as the starters, with practice squad players Delontae Scott, Derrek Tuszka and the soon-to-be added Taco Charleton possible call-up options.