PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin said that he is “optimistic” that several of the team’s players that suffered injuries in their season-opening loss to the New England Patriots will be able to suit up this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Tomlin listed cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder), center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) and outside linebacker T.J. Watt (hip) as players with injuries after the game.
“They may be limited at some portions of the week, early portions of the week, but we’re all optimistic about their availability,” Tomlin said. “The week will tell their story as we work.”
Tomlin also included safety Sean Davis (ankle) as a player that could play this week. He was the Steelers’ lone injury absence during Week 1. Kameron Kelly started at free safety in place of Davis.
Smith-Schuster had x-rays on his toe that were reportedly negative for a fracture and may have a sprain. Haden reportedly sprained the AC joint in his shoulder. He was able to return to the game against New England.
Smith-Schuster and Pouncey were injured late in the game. Haden was replaced at corner by Artie Burns. Anthony Chickillo replaced Watt at left outside linebacker.