Steelers put DE Stephon Tuitt on IR with knee injury | Sports news

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers believe they have a lot of depth along the line of defense.

It will be tested after the team put veteran defensive end Stephon Tuitt on the injured reserve / returnees list.

Defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Wednesday that Tuitt was struggling with a knee injury but did not address the severity of the problem. Butler has confirmed that this is one of the reasons Tuitt didn’t train with the team at all during training camp.

“His knee bothers him as far as I know,” said Butler. “I don’t know everything about his knee, I just know that it’s slowing him down right now.”

While Steelers trainer Mike Tomlin has insisted that 28-year-old Tuitt – who has the top 11 sacks of his career in 2020 – is “okay”, he also helps his mother mourn the loss of his younger brother. Richard Bartlett III, 23, died in a hit and run accident in Georgia in June.

“To tell the truth, I don’t know how to deal with my mother watching her son die,” Butler said. “I don’t know if I could handle it. So, I’m not sure what to tell you other than that his knee is bothering him a little and maybe he’s a little overweight and what he’s doing to his mom. “

Butler added that he believes the Steelers will get Tuitt back but declined to give an estimate of when that might be. According to NFL rules, Tuitt can train with the rest of the team in three weeks at the earliest. The Steelers prepared for Tuitt’s loss by keeping eight defensive linemen as the roster was cut to 53 on Tuesday, including rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk.