UPDATE: Pat Freiermuth has returned to Monday’s game.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth suffered an injury against the Buffalo Bills. The play came late in the team’s game when Freiermuth caught the ball and was brought down by Bills linebacker A.J. Klein. It looked like a hip-drop tackle, which is the type of tackle that the NFL is looking to eliminate from the game after the season.
Pat Freiermuth is the latest injury in a slew of them for the Steelers. Allen Robinson II and Joey Porter Jr. suffered injuries and did not return. Bills guard Connor McGovern hit Porter after the catch and the tackle, leading to him entering the blue medical tent. Porter went into the blue medical tent to be evaluated for a concussion.
Meanwhile, it appears that the Steelers will fall again in the first round of the playoffs. If it is significant, Freiermuth’s injury will be a critical story to watch over the offseason. In 2024, he will enter the last year of his contract after being picked in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team chose him with the 55th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh’s season will end on a bitter note after nearly fighting and clawing back into the game. They were down 21-0 at the start of the game, but made a push to get back. Porter, Robinson, and Freiermuth’s injuries only exacerbate the loss, even without a game to be played.