Artie Burns hurt his knee at Wednesday’s practice

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The Steelers may have to make a change to their secondary for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

Mark Kaboly of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports, via Steelers cornerbacks Mike Hilton and Cameron Sutton, that starting cornerback Artie Burns suffered a right knee injury during practice. It was a non-contact injury, which conjures images of torn ligaments although Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Burns’ ligaments are “intact.”

Burns started every game this season and finished the year with 54 tackles and an interception for the AFC North champs. His loss would be a major one for the Pittsburgh defense, so there are likely a few people holding their breath in Pittsburgh about the diagnosis.

Sutton would be one of the corners in line for increased work if Burns can’t go and there should be an update on the corner’s status on Thursday at the latest.

28 responses to “Artie Burns hurt his knee at Wednesday’s practice

  1. I hope its nothing serious and that he plays this weekend. While injuries are “part of the game” they always seem diminish the ability of any team who suffers them; some worse then others.

  2. “Bortles was going to shred that secondary no matter who they had back there anyway.”

    Lolz is that some Bortles from an alternate universe where he’s actually a good QB?

  3. robigd says:
    January 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Bortles was going to shred that secondary no matter who they had back there anyway.
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    You should probably add a /sarcasm to that post so that unsuspecting people won’t take you seriously.

  4. @robigd says:

    Bortles was going to shred that secondary no matter who they had back there anyway.
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    Highly unlikely. And speaking of high…say no to drugs!

  5. Jaguars won 30-9 in that stadium in week 5. I think the benefit of the doubt should be given to Jacksonville here. Big Ben was contemplating retirement for crying out loud after what Sacksonville did to him. The Jags already retired Marino.

  6. “The Steelers have been remarkably fortunate on the injury frontybis year.”

    —tell that to Ryan Shazier

  7. Who is Bortles gonna throw to ??? Do some good research man … Lee , Hurns , Cole and Westbrook , 2 of which are rookie phenoms that have played very well. Besides, when the Jags Dominated them in Pittsburgh they had some of these guys out and still Destroyed those Steelers, Big Ben opened his Trap,Not smart calling to get the Best Overall D in the League !!! Be careful what you wish for because its coming true man !!! GO JAGS !!

  8. Jags were not very impressive last week, at home against a marginally descent (that is being kind) Bills team that literally backed into the playoffs. Hats off to the Bills for thanking Cincinnati for their playoff spot; which was a classy move. If Jag fans believe that momentum matters when going into the playoffs, they would be right to be concerned. Steelers have a healthy O-line this time around; which should do a much better job of protecting Roethlisberger. I anticipate a more conservative Steeler game plan; one that avoids taking unnecessary risks, against a good Jags defense. The Steelers highly ranked defense, should have reasonably good success against a Jags QB who ran for more yards than he passed for last week. If the Steelers limit their mistakes as I believe they will; I see them winning this comfortably.

  9. Bortles would turn that secondary into minced meat pie. This is a guy who threw 35 TDs and 4400 yards in his second season in the league! and b4 you wisenheimers start in with “garbage time” go back and have a looky loo at this past superbowl. How many garbage time TDs did the pats score??? oh right, enough to win the championship!

  10. I’ve got a funny feeling the Steelers are one and done….too much static from Harrison to the coach getting KO’d to now this. Pats static is more speculative, Pittsburgh’s is the real thing.

  11. Some interesting stats from last weeks playoff game. Bills are ranked 31st in the league in passing, and 6th in rushing. They are ranked 28th in yards per game, and 26th in team defense. Perhaps this corroborates why they needed help to get into the playoffs. The Jags were 2 of 12 on 3rd down. The Bills outgained them in total yards and in time of possession. The Bills led the Jags in total number of plays on offense, 74-59. The Jags averaged 3 yards per pass completion. Against one of the lowest ranking defenses in the league; the Jags (at home) managed to score a total of 10 points. Draw your own conclusions.

  12. The Steelers ranked third in total offense for this season, at 377.9 yards per game. They have averaged 31.3 points per game over the last 7 games. Defensively, the Steelers rank 5th in passing yards per game, 10th in rushing yards per game, and 5th in total yards per game. Steeler nation is ready!

  13. wvrocks says:
    January 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm
    The Steelers ranked third in total offense for this season, at 377.9 yards per game. They have averaged 31.3 points per game over the last 7 games. Defensively, the Steelers rank 5th in passing yards per game, 10th in rushing yards per game, and 5th in total yards per game. Steeler nation is ready!

    9 11 Rate This

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    yes, but you give
    up about 30 pts per game at home

    yards allowed is the most useless metric in sports

  14. paljoey57 says:
    “Losing Burns is no big loss. He was a reach in the draft. Sutton will fill that spot easily!”

    That is an inaccurate statement. He had a spectacular rookie year and he was a 25th pick. At 25 how much of a reach can that be?

  15. I hope the Steeler’s players are underestimating the Jags as much as their fans are. The Jags toughest opponent this weekend will be the weather.

    All of you guys slinging around stats from last weekend’s game are leaving out the only stat that matters. We scored more points than our opponent…just like we did the last time we came to Pittsburgh.

  16. tylawpick6

    The Steelers gave up 23 points (on average) per game at home; not “about 30.” Don’t know about yard allowed as a “useless metric;” (your words) since such data is corroborated by their league best 13-3 record.

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