Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (groin) might be available for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, giving credence to Watt’s belief that the injury isn’t serious.
Game Youth Roger Clemens Jersey When Watt got hurt in the second quarter of Sunday’s 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings, it was Anthony Chickillo who replaced him, not veteran James Harrison. Tomlin said Chickillo was the hot hand after two sacks in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Harrison did not log a snap Sunday.
Is [Harrison] dropping or are other guys ascending? Tomlin asked in response to a question about whether Harrison was falling on the depth chart.
Tomlin made it clear he believes Harrison, 39, can have an impact on the defense similar to last season, when his late-season relief efforts produced five sacks and bolstered a playoff push.
Jones fractures are fractures of the fifth metatarsal, the long bone on the outside of the forefoot that runs between the pinkie toe and the midfoot. This outer forefoot bone is subjected to significant torsional stress in an athlete during pivoting, pushing off, sharp deceleration and twisting. It is also subject to impact stress with repeated running and jumping, making it an easy injury target for a pass-catching tight end.
If this is indeed a Jones fracture for Olsen, the challenge in trying to heal is that the bone here does not have a particularly good blood supply, which results in a frequent failure to heal independently, even with immobilization. For this reason, surgical fixation of Jones fractures (with implantation of a screw) has become the standard of care, especially in elite athletes, who will return to high-stress activities and whose specific movements in their sport put them at an otherwise increased risk of failure.
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