The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to a division-leading 4-1 start. Yet there’s growing concern in the locker room regarding the team’s mounting injury list.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suggested that Pittsburgh’s physical practices could be the reason behind all the injuries.
Coach Mike Tomlin heard Big Ben’s comments and addressed the situation after the team’s session on Wednesday.
“It’s a conversation that we continually have. You have to walk a fine line. It’s a delicate thing, team development and readiness. Not enough, too much. Those discussions are ongoing and it’s a legitimate one,” Tomlin said on the team’s official website.“It’s time tested and really looking at each individual group and trying to give it what it needs along with experience. We don’t do a lot of evaluating in that regard right now because that is in our rear view. As we come to the close of the season we will take a global look at issues such as those.”
Pittsburgh has endured a slew of injuries on both sides of the ball since training camp.
Sammie Coates, Justin Gilbert, Marcus Gilbert, Robert Golden, Cameron Heyward, Roosevelt Nix, Eli Rogers, Ryan Shazier, Shamarko Thomas, Cody Wallace, Markus Wheaton and DeAngelo Williams are all currently on the Steelers’ injury report.
The Steelers have always been known to be a physical football team. Pittsburgh’s physicality has played an integral role to the team’s NFL-best six Super Bowl titles.
Tomlin said he is open to modifying practices.
“We’re a transparent group. Opinions are valued,” he said. “We don’t care where good ideas come from. We are just trying to win football games.”