The Steelers won on Sunday but will face a major blow to their defense as LB Devin Bush tore his ACL and will be done for the season, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Bush wasn’t the only Steeler who got hurt against the Browns.
“Devin Bush appears to have a significant knee injury. He’s being evaluated. (Maurkice) Pouncey went down with a foot,” coach Mike Tomlin said after the game (via the team’s website). “He was able to get through the majority of the game with it, but we pulled him at the end as you saw him come off. And Mike (Hilton) has a shoulder that needs to be evaluated but can’t say enough about the effort of our guys.”
Bush, who was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2019 draft, started 15 games as a rookie and all five Steelers games this year. Pittsburgh is 5-0 with a looming matchup against a fellow undefeated AFC titan in Tennessee next week.
“I’m glad we were able to get the job done, but you know, we’ve got a significant challenge in the form of the Tennessee Titans coming up this week,” said Tomlin. “That’s life in this game, man, we’re appreciative and more importantly we’re really excited. You can’t take anything for granted in this environment. We appreciate all the sacrifice that everybody is making in an effort to keep that ball rolling, man, and it just needs to continue.”
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“We were varsity today, really kind of all across the board and met a challenge versus a very good and a team that was very hot,” Tomlin said. “Appreciative of the efforts.”
Pittsburgh earned its 12th-straight win at home over the Browns and their defense shined in the 38-7 blowout on Sunday.
“We had a better plan,” Tomlin continued. “It starts with us as coaches and then the guys performed better, and they finished it off. But we both were JV last week, players and coaches, and we got better this week.”