In Pittsburgh, there is also optimism that cornerback Joe Haden will return to activity after overcoming a sprained foot.
PITTSBURGH – The head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin, is hopeful that the linebacker Tj watt and the cornerback Joe haden are available when Tennessee Titans visit Heinz Field on Sunday.
Watt abandoned last Thursday night’s 36-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, in the first half due to a groin injury. Haden has not played since he sprained his foot against the Detroit Lions last month.
“A number of those guys who have been out in recent weeks have a chance to get back on the train,” he said. Tomlin.
List includes linebacker Alex highsmith, who also left the game against Vikings with injury, as well as defensive linemen Carlos Davis and Isaiah Buggs. Davis spent most of the season on injured reserve, and Buggs has been dealing with an ankle injury, symbolic of a defensive front that has been dealing with depth issues ever since Tyson alualu missed for the remainder of the season with a broken ankle in Week 2.
The ground defense of Pittsburgh he has lost momentum as the campaign has progressed. The Steelers are the 30th team in the league against the run after giving up 242 yards to the Vikings, who dominated the defensive front of Pittsburgh easily.
The Steelers (6-6-1) are still in the fight for the AFC North, despite having just one win in his last five games. TomlinHowever, he did not spend the weekend worrying about the rankings.
“I don’t care,” he said. “My agenda is the Pittsburgh steelers. I didn’t waste any of my time this weekend looking at that perspective. He was looking at our place in all of this, and the things that we are capable of achieving. “
Tomlin is confident that Pittsburgh can accomplish those things with the wide receiver Chase claypool. Claypool generated widespread criticism for making the first attempt gesture with time running in the final minute against Minnesota, an action that cost the Steelers valuable seconds.
Tomlin he described the move as a “misstep” but declined to publicly criticize the second-year wide receiver. Tomlin noted that ClaypoolThe 23-year-old is still in the early stages of his career, and he is still an unfinished product.
“It can’t happen fast enough for him, and it can’t happen fast enough for us,” he admitted. Tomlin. “We are going to keep pushing towards that growth and development, as long as he is a willing participant. He has been, and we are going to keep moving forward.”