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Steelers Rule Out Two Key Starters against Packers



Steelers S Minkah Fitzpatrick
Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick sits on the sideline against the 49ers, Sept. 10, 2023 - Ed Thompson./ Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — Defensive lineman Montravius Adams and free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick were ruled out for the Steelers game against the Packers on Sunday after not practicing all week.

Adams suffered a right ankle injury early in the Steelers’ Week 9 win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football, and he was initially listed as questionable to return before being downgraded to out. Mike Tomlin said that he’ll practice this week, and the team will monitor his status for Sunday. However, he did not practice, and the team ruled him out.

Rookie Keeanu Benton will replace Adams after the injury. Tomlin credited Benton’s play throughout his first season. Meanwhile, Minkah Fitzpatrick continues to sit out to start this week. Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal are the starters without him, which could lead to some concerns. Fitzpatrick did not get any practice in this week and has yet to practice since his injury.

The Steelers also got defensive tackle Cam Heyward back from injury, which helped the depth on the defensive line. Heyward started the week as limited with his groin injury. He continued to work his way back from the injury but took a step back and did not practice on Thursday. He is going to play without an injury designation but has some swelling in his groin area.

Tomlin confirmed that inside linebacker Cole Holcomb will be out for the rest of the 2023 season, but declined to mention his specific injury and whether or not he will have surgery. Holcomb was placed on the injured reserve list on Monday.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts is dealing with a knee injury and was limited on Wednesday but sat on Thursday. He said that he will play against the Packers. That means Mark Robinson has more work. However, Kwon Alexander noted that he would wear the green dot without Holcomb for the rest of the season. Tariq Carpenter and Mykal Walker are preparing to play.

The only injured Steelers player remaining is tight end Pat Freiermuth, who must miss at least one more week on the injured reserve. But he says he is nearing a return and is seen running off to the side.

Player Injury Date  Prognosis Roster Status
OLB Nick Herbig Calf Nov. 10 Unknown Active, LP on Fri.
DE Cam Heyward Groin Nov. 8 Unknown Active, LP on Fri..
LB Elandon Roberts Knee Nov. 8 Unknown Active, FP on Fri.
ILB Cole Holcomb Left knee Nov. 2 Out for season Injured reserve
NT Montravius Adams Right ankle Nov. 2 Day-to-day Active, OUT vs. Packers.
FS Minkah Fitzpatrick Right hamstring Oct. 29 Day-to-day Active, OUT vs. Packers.
TE Pat Freiermuth Hamstring Oct. 19 Week-to-week Injured reserve (Week 11)
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