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Steelers LB Cole Holcomb Reveals Update on Knee Injury




Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Cole Holcomb is not on the field at OTAs after suffering a devastating season-ending knee injury against the Tennessee Titans in Week 9 last year, but he confirmed to Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there’s nothing to worry about.

“I’ve dealt with injuries before. I’m not at all worried or anything like that. I know I’ll come back and I’ll play football,” Holcomb told Batko.

The timeline of Holcomb’s return is not clear, but Mike Tomlin revealed at OTAs that Holcomb was making progress in his recovery.

“He’s working to get back to us and doing a heck of a job of doing it,” Tomlin said.

Steelers LB Cole Holcomb

Steelers LB Cole Holcomb at practice on Sept. 27, 2023 – Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The injury to Cole Holcomb occurred against the Titans and was a result of friendly fire. Holcomb’s knee went into hyperextension, and he suffered a serious knee injury. That caused him to miss the rest of the season and Pittsburgh did not know precisely when he would return.

“I can tell you Cole [Holcomb’s] working extremely hard to get back,” Steelers general manager Omar Khan said to reporters before the NFL Draft. “I don’t really have much to add on the timeline. We’ve discussed this, it was a major injury but he is working hard and I’m optimistic about all the effort he’s going to put into getting back on the field.”

The Steelers signed Patrick Queen to the highest free-agent deal in franchise history and selecting Chuck Bednarik Award winner Payton Wilson in the third round. Veteran Elandon Roberts will also be in the linebacker rotation. He’ll probably start next to Queen.

With Queen, Roberts, Wilson and Holcomb at linebacker, the Steelers have their best depth at the position in years.

The Steelers hope the revamped linebacker corps can fill the shoes of Ryan Shazier that the Steelers have been searching for at inside linebacker since Shazier’s devastating career-ending spinal cord injury on December of 2017.