BUFFALO – Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth left Sunday’s game against Bills in the third quarter with a possible concussion, and will not return.
Freiermuth made a catch in the flat from Kenny Pickett and was speared from two sides before hitting the ground hard. Afterward, trainers rushed onto the field. Freiermuth walked off the field and into the locker room.
Freiermuth is the unrivaled starting tight end of the Steelers this season. He has been a workhorse for the Steelers, but he has a history of concussions. He suffered two in his rookie season and one during his career at Penn State. That gives him a potentially concerning history.
The Steelers offense needs to have everyone they can on deck offensively. For a group that is struggling, losing Freiermuth could be a massive blow. Connor Heyward and Zach Gentry will see more playing time with Freiermuth out. Pittsburgh could also employ Derek Watt to try and fill in the gaps.