Steelers fear DL Stephon Tuitt has torn pectoral muscle – Yardbarker

Stephon Tuitt left Sunday night’s game midway through, and he will almost certainly miss more time because of the chest injury he suffered. The Steelers fear they may be without one of their long-tenured defensive ends for a while, with Ian Rapoport of reporting (video link) the team has concern Tuitt suffered a torn pectoral muscle. Whether Tuitt suffered a full or partial tear is not yet known, but surgery and a potential rest-of-season absence are on the table for the sixth-year veteran. Tuitt and Cameron Heyward have served as Pittsburgh’s defensive end starters for the past five seasons. Both are signed to high-end extensions and play key roles for a Steelers team that’s seen productivity from its pass rush this season. Tuitt was on pace to eclipse his single-season sack high (6.5 in 2015), recording 3.5 in five Steelers games. Heyward and Tuitt exited Week 6 as the NFL’s fourth- and sixth-best interior defenders, per Pro Football Focus, so losing the former second-round pick long-term would be

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