Steelers could get Pat Freiermuth back in time for big Browns brawl

If it seems like Pat Freiermuth has been sidelined forever, it’s because he has — missing half of the season so far. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ tight end initially injured his hamstring during the team’s defeat against the Houston Texans in Week 4.

While it looked like he was ready to roll for Pittsburgh’s game against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 22, his hamstring had other plans. Freiermuth was placed on injured reserve by the Steelers on Oct. 21 after reaggravating the injury in practice on Oct. 19.

Preparation for the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 19 will mark four weeks sidelined for Freiermuth. Per Alan Saunders of, he plans to return to practice next week, the first time he is eligible to be activated from IR. If things go better than last time — “I don’t want to jinx it” — he’ll suit up for the big Browns brawl.

And it could be just the boost that Kenny Pickett needs. For as little scoring as the Steelers did (and have done in his absence), Freiermuth was a significant part — responsible for two of their four offensive touchdowns.

Hamstring injuries have run rampant in the Steelers locker room. Diontae Johnson returned from IR as Freiermuth went on, and today’s game is the second Minkah Fitzpatrick has missed.

Story originally appeared on Steelers Wire


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