PITTSBURGH — Inside linebacker Devin Bush is the latest member of the Pittsburgh Steelers to suffer a soft tissue injury that’s kept him from full participation this season.
At least, maybe he is. Bush, who left Sunday’s Steelers win over the Denver Broncos with a groin issue, was also out for the team’s Week 2 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders with a groin injury.
Tomlin said on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if the ailment that is currently bothering Bush was a new one or a re-aggravation of his prior injury.
He can probably be forgiven for losing track. The list of Steelers players to be sidelined by soft tissue injuries this season has been extensive.
Bush, Chase Claypool (hamstring), Eric Ebron (groin), Joe Haden (groin), Alex Highsmith (groin), Cam Sutton (groin), James Washington (groin) and T.J. Watt (groin) have all missed game and/or practice time through the first five weeks of the season and found themselves on the Steelers injury report as a result.
But Tomlin said on Tuesday that the series of soft tissue injuries had not raised a level of concern that would cause the Steelers to reevaluate any of their practices and procedures.
“Not at this juncture, no,” he said.
Despite an off-season title change or two, the Steelers largely have the same strength and conditioning staff that they’ve had for years under Tomlin. So it makes sense that he’s reluctant to change area that has not been a significant problem before.
But if the current trend continues, something may have to give.