The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed nose tackle Carlos Davis on the injured reserve list, the team announced on Wednesday.
Davis has not played since the season opener against the Buffalo Bills while dealing with a knee injury. Davis had been working more in practice as of late, but he will have to miss at least three more weeks while on the injured reserve list.
Davis’ injury preceded the injury of starting nose tackle Tyson Alualu, which has left the Steelers down to their third option at nose tackle in Isaiah Buggs. End/tackle Cam Heyward has also played there.
Head coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged on Tuesday that the line has been work in progress without Alualu, Davis and Stephon Tuitt. In addition to Buggs, Isaiah Loudermilk and Henry Mondeaux have provided depth behind Heyward and Chris Wormley.
“That’s the component of this thing that makes football the ultimate team game,” Tomlin said. “Some challenges associated with the guys that you’ve mentioned not being available, but it’s also an opportunity for others. We’re excited about continuing to watch the growth and development of some of those others and watching them answer the bell and rise up and meet the challenges.”
Tomlin said that Tuitt’s return from the injured reserve is “not imminent.” He has been out with a knee injury since training camp.
A seventh-round pick out of Nebraska in the 2020 NFL Draft, Davis has played in eight career games for the Steelers. He’s make seven tackles and as one tackle for loss.
Davis’ move to the IR made room for the team to activate running back Anthony McFarland, Jr.