PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker Cole Holcomb was carted off with a potentially severe left knee injury after safety Keanu Neal hit Holcomb in the knee on a play with friendly fire. Once he got hit by Neal, his leg went into hyperextension, causing the injury. With Holcomb now out, Kwon Alexander and Elandon Roberts will see even more time, with the potential for Mark Robinson to play more.
This is the second injury of the game for the Steelers, as they have already lost Montravius Adams to an ankle injury. Keeanu Benton is expected to see more reps in his place, with Adams still questionable to return to the game. Holcomb has been ruled out for the rest of the game after being carted off. The broadcast said they would not show the replay of the injury because it was too gruesome.
The Steelers signed Holcomb in the offseason to a three-year deal. Holcomb, 27, was a four-year starter in Washington, but his 2022 season was cut short by foot surgery in December. Washington originally drafted Holcomb in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of North Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker immediately showed aptitude in defending the run and had 105 tackles in his rookie season.
In four seasons in D.C., Holcomb played in 50 games and recorded 388 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three interceptions, forced five fumbles, and defended ten passes.