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Steelers Suffer Three Minor Injuries vs. Ravens



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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt on Oct. 8, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to have gotten out of their Week 5 victory over the Baltimore Ravens without further significant injury, and will now have a chance to heal up as the team enters its bye week.

Head coach Mike Tomlin detailed only three injured players for the Steelers from the game, and all of them were able to return.

Outside linebacker T.J. Watt suffered an injury to a finger on his left hand in the first quarter and returned to play.

Wide receiver and punt returner Calvin Austin III was shaken up on a run play and was evaluated for a concussion. He was cleared to return, but Tomlin said the Steelers chose to limit him to just playing receiver after he returned. Gunner Olszewski replaced him as punt returner. He fumbled on his only return.

Finally, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi went down in the second half with a stinger, but was also able to return. He said he’ll be fine going forward and also that his foot injury from training camp is now 100% healed.

Quarterback Kenny Pickett, playing on a banged-up left leg, said that he felt find after the game. He did not appear to be noticeably hampered during the run of play. Outside linebacker Alex Highsmith, who was injured during the week of practice, said the team was smart with his groin injury, and that he felt good.

The Steelers were playing without about eight starters or regulars, as running back Anthony McFarland, wide receiver Diontae Johnson, tight end Pat Freiermuth, left tackle Dan Moore Jr., right guard James Daniels, defensive tackle Cam Heyward, defensive end DeMarvin Leal and punter Pressley Harvin III all missed Sunday’s game. The team will now have its bye week to attempt to get some of those players back into the fold.


Alex Highsmith is the lone questionable Steelers player for this game. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, but said he intends to play in this game. The Steelers only have four outside linebackers on their active roster and did not promote one from the practice squad, so they seem confident in his ability to follow through on that promise.

Kenny Pickett will be playing through a left knee bruise and calf strain and likely will be less than 100%.

Player Injury Date  Prognosis Roster Status
OLB T.J. Watt Finger on left hand Oct. 8 Unknown Returned to play
DT Larry Ogunjobi Stinger Oct. 8 Unknown Returned to play
WR/KR Calvin Austin III Possible concussion Oct. 8 Unknown Returned to play
OLB Alex Highsmith Groin Oct. 5 Day to day Active vs. Ravens
DE DeMarvin Leal Concussion Oct. 1 Unknown Active, OUT vs. Ravens
TE Pat Freiermuth Hamstring Oct. 1 Multiple weeks Active, OUT vs. Ravens
LT Dan Moore Jr. Right knee sprain Oct. 1 Week to week Active, OUT vs. Ravens
RG James Daniels Groin Sept. 24 Day to day Active, OUT vs. Ravens
P Pressley Harvin III Right Hamstring Sept. 24 Day to day Active, OUT vs. Ravens
RB Anthony McFarland Knee Sept. 13 Week to week Injured reserve – (Wk. 6)
WR Diontae Johnson Left hamstring Sept. 10 Week to week Injured reserve – (Wk. 6)
DT Cam Heyward Core muscle surgery Sept. 10 Multiple weeks Injured reserve – (Wk. 6)
DB Josiah Scott Undisclosed Sept. 13 Undisclosed Practice squad IR
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