PITTSBURGH – Not only was the prognosis on Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt’s injured left arm good, it was better than could be expected.
The Steelers feared they had lost the defensive end for the season when he left their 21-18 win Sunday at Cleveland after only two plays.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that he’s not ruling out the possibility of Tuitt playing Sunday when the Steelers host Minnesota.
“It’s really positive, compared to what it could’ve been,” Tomlin said. “It’s not season-ending.”
Tuitt’s arm is not in a brace and he said it’s already feeling better.
The injury occurred when Tuitt was tackling running back Isaiah Crowell for a nine-yard loss.
“When I was reaching out, my arm just kind of went numb from flicking it out,” Tuitt said. “Once we got the MRI, we saw that everything was pretty good. We’re just going to strengthen it and once I’m able to feel comfortable with that, I’ll be ready to rock-n-roll.”
Tuitt’s injury came one day after he had signed a six-year, $61-million contract extension.
“Sometimes adversity hits you, but what’s a great story without a little adversity?” Tuitt said. “I’ll be back from this and we’ll keep doing what we set out to do and push forward for a seventh Super Bowl.”
Tomlin said Tuitt is considered day-to-day and regaining strength in his injured arm would be the determining factor on when he is able to return.
Tuitt plans on that being sooner rather than later.
“Football is a long season, and there are a lot of bumps and bruises along the way,” Tuitt said. “Once we had the MRI, once we saw that it wasn’t anything worth being out a long time, it was such a relief. I love what I do. I wouldn’t want to wake up thinking about doing anything else.”