TJ Watt, Joe Haden, Kevin Dotson, and Other Steelers Players Are Out With Injuries


TJ Watt, Joe Haden, Kevin Dotson, and More Steelers Injuries

During a 16-16 tie with the Detroit Lions last Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost four starters to injury.

After 48 hours, the near-term outlook for those four players—TJ Watt, Joe Haden, Trai Turner, and Kevin Dotson—appears to be as good as one could hope.

Starting guard Trai Turner appears to be the most likely of the four to play this coming Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during his press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

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“I’m confident Trai Turner will be able to show up,” Tomlin said, ignoring the fact that Turner was injured in the third quarter of the Steelers’ game against the Lions.

According to Steelers director of communications Burt Lauten, he was quickly labeled as questionable to return.

Turner was replaced in the lineup by veteran free agent acquisition Joe Haeg, who can play both guard and tackle.

Kevin Dotson, another starting guard, appears to be less likely to return soon.

“We’ll give Dotson a chance,” Tomlin added, “but we don’t know where that will lead in terms of his practice participation.”

Dotson suffered an ankle injury against the Lions in the second quarter.

Despite being able to limp off the field, he was carried to the locker room before being taken to the blue medical tent because he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg.

According to Lauten, he was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game and was replaced in the lineup by backup centerguard JC Hassenauer.

Dotson was expected to miss “a couple of weeks,” according to early reports, such as one from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

According to Tomlin, starting cornerback Joe Haden’s availability for Sunday will be determined by his practice participation.

Haden was forced to leave Sunday’s game in the second quarter due to a foot injury.

Following a trip to the medical tent, he attempted to run on the sidelines but never returned to the game.

Haden suffered a “mid-foot sprain,” according to Missi Matthews of

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