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Steelers Injury Updates: TE Zach Gentry Has ‘Significant’ Knee Injury

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Steelers tight end Zach Gentry has a “significant” knee injury, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed after the team’s 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.


Gentry left the game in the first quarter and did not return. His injury was the only that Tomlin singled out after the game as potentially having repercussions moving forward.

“I’ll have an update on that, I’m sure, for you [Monday,]” Tomlin said.

The Steelers were already shorthanded at tight end with co-starter Vance McDonald missing his second game on the COVID-19 list. Tomlin did not have an update on McDonald’s status.

Gentry’s injury left the Steelers with just starter Eric Ebron available at the tight end position. Tackle Jerald Hawkins worked some at the position in a blocking capacity.

The Steelers will have just a couple days to prepare for their next opponent, as the Baltimore Ravens will visit Heinz Field on Thursday night.

The team has two tight ends on the practice squad, third-year pro Kevin Rader, who is in his second year with the team, and Tulane grad Charles Jones, who the Steelers signed on Nov. 17.

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Mike Tomlin’s ‘MAC Guys’ Get the Last Laugh

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In discussing his team’s Week 11 game with the under-performing Jacksonville Jaguars, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin chose to use a college football comparison.

“We’re not a Big 10 team playing a MAC team,” Tomlin said last week. “Every time we step into a stadium, we are playing professionals, players and coaches.”

The message was a clear one to not overlook the moribund Jaguars. That mission was accomplished, as the Steelers coasted to a 27-3 victory in Jacksonville on Sunday.

But he may want to pick a different doormat for his analogy the next time. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a MAC alum from Miami University, said he was going to make a response as soon he figured out which conference William & Mary — Tomlin’s alma mater — plays in.

Roethlisberger is far from the only MAC alum on the Steelers. Star wide receiver Diontae Johnson went to Toledo, as did backup linebackers Ola Adeniyi and Jayrone Elliott. Right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor and inside linebacker Robert Spillane are West Michigan grads. Injured linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III went to Akron and practice squad wide receiver Anthony Johnson is a Buffalo alum, giving the Steelers eight former MAC members.

And those guys came up big in the win. Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns, Johnson had over 100 yards receiving, Okorafor was part of a line that helped James Conner to 6.8 yards per carry and kept Roethlisberger from being sacked and Spillane had four tackles.

After Sunday’s win, some of the Steelers’ MAC graduates got the last laugh, with Roethlisberger, Adeniyi, Johnson, Okorafor and Spillane getting Tomlin to pose with a photo.

“MAC guys” captioned Robert Spillane on Instagram, with laughing emojis.

Maybe next time, Tomlin should pick on the Sun Belt.

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From the Steelers Locker Room: Minkah Fitzpatrick on Being Focused Each Week, Not Looking Ahead

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Minkah Fitzpatrick made it clear to the media, including Steelers Now, that his team made sure to not overlook the Jaguars and is only focused on each individual week, not the possibility of going 16-0.

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Mike Tomlin Downplays JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Injury

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Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a minor ailment in the Steelers’ 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed after the game.

Tomlin characterized Smith-Schuster’s injury as part of the “minor bumps and bruises associated with play.” Smith-Schuster left the game in the fourth quarter with the Steelers leading by multiple scores.

Tomlin said that he didn’t think the injury was anything major, but acknowledge that “it could be a factor for him” when dealing with a short week of preparation upcoming. The Steelers are set to host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

Smith-Schuster caught four passes for 19 yards in the game before he left with the injury. Ray-Ray McCloud replaced him in the top group of receivers.

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