By Daniel Benjamin
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings both have injury concerns on the defensive side of the ball heading into their Week 2 clash at Heinz Field on Sunday.
Pittsburgh and Minnesota’s defenses played well in each team’s season opening win, but there is a chance both teams could be without key players on that side of the ball in Week 2. The Steelers (1-0) are coming off a 21-18 victory over Cleveland as they limited the Browns to 237 total yards of offense (3.8 yards per play). The Steelers also recorded seven sacks, picked off one pass and held the Browns to 3-of-12 on third down conversions.
In the meantime, Minnesota gave up 19 points with 10 of those points coming in the fourth quarter—including a late touchdown—in its victory over New Orleans (29-19). The Vikings surrendered 344 total yards of offense, though they held the Saints to just 4-of-11 on third down conversions. The Vikings, who have a stellar defensive front four, totaled one sack last week.
Stephon Tuitt and J.J. Wilcox return to practice Friday
The Steelers upgraded defensive end Stephon Tuitt (bicep) and safety J.J. Wilcox (concussion) to questionable on Friday as both players participated in practice for the first time on Friday. Tuitt is reportedly gaining strength in his injured bicep, though did not participate in full contact drills. He did do some individual, however.
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