The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading into Week 11 action preparing to face off against the Cincinnati Bengals. While their season is practically over at 3-6, they are still trying hard to turn things around. This week, they will be getting a major lift on the defensive side of the football.
According to a report from Pro Football Talk via head coach Mike Tomlin, Minkah Fitzpatrick is back at practice and could play this week.
Fitzpatrick is coming back from an appendectomy he underwent last Saturday. Being able to return so quickly would be a major bonus for the Steelers.
Not only is having him back on the field great news for the Steelers, they are also facing one of the NFL’s hottest and most dangerous quarterbacks. Joe Burrow is a guy that can dominate even the best defenses. Hopefully, Fitzpatrick is capable of playing at a high level to help slow Burrow down.
So far this season, Fitzpatrick has played in seven games. He has racked up 45 total tackles to go along with three interceptions, a defensive touchdown, and six defended passes. Those numbers show just how important Fitzpatrick is to the Steelers’ defense.
At 25 years of age, Fitzpatrick may very well be one of the most underrated defensive stars in the NFL. Not only is he great on the field, but he works hard on his body off the field and does anything possible to make himself available. That is clear with this bit of news.
Expect to hear more in the very near future about Fitzpatrick’s availability for Week 11. The Steelers are certainly optimistic that he will be able to play.