On the day they activated pass-rusher T.J. Watt from injured reserve, the Pittsburgh Steelers misplaced Professional Bowl security Minkah Fitzpatrick for a number of weeks when he was pressured to endure an appendectomy after their walk-through follow Saturday, league sources advised ESPN.
Fitzpatrick didn’t really feel nicely at follow, and exams revealed that he wanted to endure the appendectomy as rapidly as potential, a supply mentioned. The Steelers had introduced Saturday that Fitzpatrick would miss the Sunday recreation towards the New Orleans Saints with appendicitis.
The Steelers are hoping that Fitzpatrick could make it again as rapidly as potential, however an appendectomy usually leads to a multiweek absence.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow underwent an appendectomy simply earlier than coaching camp started this summer season and was sidelined 2½ weeks earlier than he returned to follow.
Together with lacking the Saints recreation, Fitzpatrick isn’t anticipated to be able to play subsequent week at dwelling towards the Bengals, sources mentioned. Maybe Fitzpatrick may return the next Monday night time, Nov. 28, when the Steelers play in Indianapolis, however that appears formidable and can depend upon the protection’s restoration.
Earlier this week, the Steelers activated security Damontae Kazee from injured reserve. In addition they activated security Elijah Riley from the follow squad for the sport Sunday.
Info from ESPN’s Brooke Pryor was used on this report.