The Steelers lost their second kicker in four preseason games on Saturday night, and it’s now looking like they’ll need another kicker for next Thursday night in Foxboro.
Garrett Hartley injured a right hamstring during the game, and he’ll have an MRI on Sunday.
Coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after the preseason game against the Bills that “it doesn’t look positive” for Hartley being ready for Week One against the Patriots.
That could be positive for Jay Feely, a free agent who matched Hartley field goal for field goal at a Heinz Field Gong Show Kick Off after Shaun Suisham was lost for the season with a torn ACL suffered at the Hall of Fame Game. Per a source with knowledge of the competition, both missed from 53 yards and made everything else.
Fifty-three becomes the operative number, if the Steelers sign Feely or another kicker. If Hartley can’t kick come Week One, will they carry Hartley on the 53-man roster, or move on? Having two kickers would mean keeping one less player at another position, and that may not be something the Steelers want to do.