Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth will miss two to three weeks with a hamstring injury suffered against the Houston Texans on Sunday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Freiermuth suffered the injury in the second half on Sunday, and the team quickly ruled him out. He is now the third player on offense who suffered an injury and is likely to be sidelined for the team’s upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens. Kenny Pickett can play with his knee injury, while Diontae Johnson remains on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1 against the 49ers.
Two to three weeks means Freiermuth should miss injured reserve with the team’s bye week in Week 6. He will miss the team’s game against Baltimore but has a chance to play in Los Angeles against the Rams. The Steelers should expect multiple reinforcements to come against the Rams offensively when they should be healthier than they have been virtually all season.
Freiermuth has struggled to get going so far this season. Darnell Washington has not registered a catch on the year until replacing Freiermuth, making one catch for 10 yards. However, Washington, Connor Heyward, and Rodney Williams are the players in line for more playing time following Freiermith’s injury. The Steelers could also look outside the organization to replace some of Freiermuth’s skills. Zach Gentry, who the team released during final cut-downs, remains on the Bengals practice squad as an option.