PITTSBURGH (AP) Reinforcements are on the way for the injury-plagued Pittsburgh Steelers secondary.
How much? Well Jalyn Holmes Super Bowl LI Jersey , coach Mike Tomlin isnt quite ready to say. The AFC North leaders activated rookie defensive back Cam Sutton from injured reserve on Tuesday, though Tomlin stressed that doesnt mean the third-round pick will be on the field when the Steelers (8-2) host Green Bay on Sunday night.
Sutton spent the last two months recovering from a hamstring injury that he aggravated in the preseason finale against Carolina. He returned to practice this month and while hes healthy enough to play, Tomlin is taking a pragmatic approach to whether Sutton is ready to play under the lights at Heinz Field.
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Working is one thing, playing is another, Tomlin said. He has yet to play. Stay tuned.
The NFLs fourth-ranked defense remains without starting cornerback Joe Haden, who is out indefinitely with a fractured left leg. Safety Mike Mitchell missed last Thursdays win over Tennessee with an ankle injury.
Sutton has the versatility to play on the outside Wholesale Josh Sweat Jersey , in the slot and at safety. That doesnt mean he will. While Sutton may be OK physically, theres more to it than that. Tomlin doesnt want Sutton to know only his job responsibilities, but also the responsibilities of those around him.
We teach that you have a better chance to execute your assignment if you understand how it fits into the bigger picture specifically what those around you are doing, Tomlin said. So, its not unusual for us to ask guys to learn a lot of positions and even execute it in a practice setting, but in a game setting its different.
The Steelers got by just fine without Haden and Mitchell in a 40-17 dismantling of the Titans. Though they allowed Marcus Mariota to pass for 306 yards Adidas Will Butcher Jersey , they also sacked him five times and collected a season-high four interceptions.
It was some of everything, cornerback Artie Burns said. It was home-field advantage. Our crowd was going crazy. We were applying pressure. The pressure, the crowd, the coverage, everything was getting to them. As the game kept going on and kept dialing it up and created more turnovers.
They were the kind of splash plays Tomlin tasked his team with creating in the second-half of the season to help secure a second straight division title and perhaps home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Theres still a long way to go, however Wholesale Ryan Switzer Jersey , and as flashy as the defense looked in Pittsburghs most complete victory of the year, theres still work to be done.
Tomlin pointed to Mariotas 75-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the second half as the kind of plays the Steelers need to eliminate. It was the fourth touchdown throw of at least 50 yards during Pittsburghs current five-game winning streak, thanks in part to some shoddy downfield tackling.
Were missing tackles on big plays and allowing people to score, Tomlin said. We have to give our red-zone defense a chance to operate by making some of those tackles.
The Steelers have been able to overcome the miscues and will face a backup quarterback for the second time in three weeks when Brett Hundley leads Green Bay at Heinz Field in place of injured Aaron Rodgers. Pittsburgh needed to rally to get past Jacoby Brissett in Indianapolis on Nov. 12. Hundley offers a similar challenge.
We better not find comfort (in avoiding Rodgers), Tomlin said.
NOTES: Tight end Vance McDonald (back), who missed the Tennessee game Trenton Cannon Super Bowl LI Jersey , could return against the Packers.
Chris Hubbard will fill in for suspended right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert will sit out the next four games after running afoul of the NFLs performance-enhancing substance policy.
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