Steelers optimistic about Minkah Fitzpatrick playing this week

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Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick missed Sunday’s win over the Saints after having an emergency appendectomy on Saturday and reports indicated that he’d miss more time while recovering from the operation.

Head coach Mike Tomlin was singing a happier tune when asked about Fitzpatrick on Tuesday, however. Tomlin said at his press conference that he’s optimistic about getting Fitzpatrick back for the team’s Week 11 game against the Bengals.

Fitzpatrick has 45 tackles and three interceptions this season. One of those interceptions came in Pittsburgh’s Week One win over the Bengals and Fitzpatrick returned it for the fifth touchdown of his career.

Tomlin also said that running back Najee Harris is dealing with some knee discomfort, but that it should not impact his availability against Cincinnati.

10 responses to “Steelers optimistic about Minkah Fitzpatrick playing this week

  1. Bad news for the bungles. They are going to get squashed like a grape. Get out the brooms, it’s time for the annual season sweep.

  2. Would love to have the ball hawk back in the lineup with Watt, Highsmith, Heyward, and the others!

  3. I’m optimistic that the Steelers will finish over .500 this year. I’m also on hallucinogens.

  4. Steelers looking at 7-10 at best, so why hurry him back? Najee already had bad foot making him run 5 sec 40-yd dash. Bad knee puts him at nose-tackle speed.

  5. Joe Burrow better put extra hair gel on this week. Might help him slip away from 8 or more sacks.

  6. People underestimate the impact of an appendectomy as it is a simple and routine surgery, but still invasive. After having one myself, and watching Burrow slowly come back on line, I recommend Tomlin not push him (albeit Tomlin getting panicky).

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