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Steelers Suffer Another Potentially Significant Injury in Win Over Bengals



Steelers WR/PR Calvin Austin III
Pittsburgh Steelers punt returner Calvin Austin III fields a punt against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 26, 2023. -- Ed Thomson / Steelers Now

CINCINNATI — The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered just one significant injury in their 16-10 Week 12 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Mike Tomlin reported on Sunday.

Wide receiver and punt returner Calvin Austin III suffered an ankle injury late in the game. Tomlin did not have an update on his condition. The injury happened on the final punt return of the game, with 5:58 remaining. He appeared to be injured by a hip-drop tackle, the type the NFL has been making noise about restricting.

Austin had just one catch for five yards in the game. He returned three punts for a total of two yards in the game. He has returned every punt for the team this season and has frequently been the only man in the return line during pregame warmups, so it’s unclear who would replace him if he is unable to suit up next Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

George Pickens was also injured during the game, but Tomlin said he only got the wind knocked out of him. He returned a few plays later.

The one Steelers player dealing with an injury that suited up in the game was cornerback James Pierre. Pierre, who was questionable to dress with a shoulder injury suffered in practice last week, played his usual special teams role, but did not record a tackle.

Player Injury Date  Prognosis Roster Status
WR/PR Calvin Austin III Ankle Nov. 26 Unknown Injured, did not return
CB James Pierre Shoulder Nov. 22 Unknown QUEST, Played
DB Elijah Riley High ankle sprain Nov. 19 Week to week Injured reserve (Wk. 16)
SS Keanu Neal Rib Nov. 12 Unknown Injured reserve (Wk. 15)
ILB Kwon Alexander Achilles Nov. 12 Out for season Injured reserve
ILB Cole Holcomb Left knee surgery Nov. 2 Out for season Injured reserve
NT Montravius Adams Right ankle Nov. 2 Day to day OUT, DNP
FS Minkah Fitzpatrick Right hamstring Oct. 29 Day to day OUT, DNP
LB Chapelle Russell II Knee Aug. 11 Out for season Injured reserve
CB Cory Trice Right ACL tear Aug. 1 Out for season Injured reserve
RB Alfonzo Graham Torn right labrum July 29 Out for season Injured reserve
DT Renell Wren Torn right Achilles tendon May 17 Out for season Injured reserve