Tomlin Updates Steelers Injury Situation

Two players doubtful, one unknown as team readies for Tennessee

If the Steelers are able to take the field Sunday in Tennessee, they may do so without three players who would otherwise be in uniform.

The Titans are dealing with eight positive COVID-19 tests within the organization, including three players.

Tennessee’s practice facility has been closed until Saturday, meaning that the Titans would have, at most, one day of practice leading into the game featuring a pair of unbeaten teams.

Tomlin’s press conference Tuesday was postponed from Noon until 6 p.m. as the team gathered more information. If they did, Tomlin did not provide the public with it. But he did update the Steelers manageable injury situation.

“(Derek) Watt has a hamsting (injury), Tomlin said. “He could be classified as out, or doubtful. I doubt that participation is going to lead to play in his regard. Marcus Allen has plantar fasciitis. He could be classified as doubtful.

“The rest of it is normal bumps and bruises associated with play.”

But the biggest question mark is on the offensive side of the ball, as Diontae Johnson, who left the game Sunday and is in concussion protocol.

“The protocol speaks for itself,” Tomlin said. “I won’t speculate there. As he goes through the week, his availability will be determined by that process.”

Johnson is second on the team in catches with 14, and third in yards with 149. He has also served as the team’s top punt returner, when healthy. Johnson has been dealing with a toe injury through the first three weeks of the season, but has started each game.

Tomlin believers that guard David DeCastro has responded well after missing the first two games of the season with a knee sprain. DeCastro played every offensive snap win Sunday’s win over Houston.

The Steelers plan to begin practice preparation for Tennessee Wednesday.