Tuitt (pectoral) should retain his starting spot at defensive end for 2020, Tim Benz of the Pittburgh Tribune-Review reports. The 27-year-old had a strong start to the season with 3.5 sacks through six games, but he suffered a torn pectoral Week 6 and required season-ending surgery. Tuitt should play a significant role up front for the Steelers in 2020, especially with the offseason departure of Javon Hargrave.
Tuitt (pectoral) was off to a strong start in 2019 with 3.5 sacks through six games before suffering a season-ending injury. On pace for a career-best nine sacks before getting hurt, Tuitt finished the 2019 season with 22 tackles, including 3.5 sacks. Under contract until 2023, he is expected to assume the starting left end position in 2020 if healthy. This would impact the playing time of Tyson Alualu and would be a significant upgrade to a defensive unit that already led the league in sacks and takeaways, while also allowing the fifth-fewest yards and points.
Tuitt (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. It was already reported Monday that Tuitt would miss the remainder of the 2019 season with a torn pectoral, so Tuesday's transaction is simply a formality. Tyson Alualu will likely take over in Tuitt's absence for the remainder of the campaign.
Tuitt will miss the rest of the season after an MRI confirmed he tore his pectoral in Sunday's loss to the Chargers, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Tuitt's injury will require surgery, and he will now set his sights on recovering for the 2020 season. Tyson Alualu took over in his absence following the injury and is presumably in line to start at defensive end going forward.
Tuitt will have an MRI to determine the extent of his pectoral injury, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Tuitt exited Sunday's win over the Chargers during the first quarter and didn't return. He was off to a strong start this year with 3.5 sacks through six games. Tyson Alualu took over Tuitt's workload after he left, and he's in line to start at defensive end if Tuitt has a long-term injury, barring a trade or free-agent acquisition.
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