Steelers Suffer Another Major Loss with Season-ending Injury to Stephon Tuitt
While getting a win on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers that put them back in the AFC North race, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered another big loss with a season-ending injury to Stephon Tuitt, who suffered a torn pec in the game.
The Steelers defensive front including Cameron Heyward, Tuitt and Javon Hargrave is one of the most effective in the league. Adding in a player like T.J. Watt off the edge and having rookie sensation Devin Bush at the second level, it's an imposing group that was a major reason the team got the win against the Chargers, causing a pair of turnovers almost immediately.
Tyson Alualu will take over in Tuitt's place and has been an effective player, but Tuitt has been really impressive this season, particularly when it comes to rushing the quarterback. Tuitt had 3.5 sacks in six games, which was at least on pace to top his previous high of 6.5 from 2015.
The Cleveland Browns will face the Steelers twice later in the year and to date, that matchup won't include quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or now Tuitt. The Steelers have clawed their way to a 2-4 record and like the Browns, now have their bye week. The Steelers then get to face the Miami Dolphins while the Browns face the New England Patriots, so there's a possibility the Steelers will actually move ahead of the Browns in the AFC North, even if it's only temporary.