Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick released from hospital after suffering chest injury against Browns, according to report
The Pittsburgh Steelers can breathe a sigh of relief as it relates to one of their key defensive pieces. After leaving Monday’s 26-22 win over the Cleveland Browns due to a chest injury that sent him to a local hospital, Minkah Fitzpatrick has since been released, according to NFL Media.
The safety of the star underwent careful scans for what is believed to be a chest contusion. Those scans were negative and there is hope that Fitzpatrick will be fine going forward. After two home games in Pittsburgh to start the year, the Steelers will now hit the road for a game in Las Vegas against the Raiders in Week 4 and then travel to Houston to play the Texans the Week 5.
Fitzpatrick was initially shaken up on the same play as Nick Chubb’s gruesome injury, apparently suffering a lower-body injury while tackling Cleveland’s running back. The play was hit directly by Fitzpatrick, causing Chubb to be carried off the field. Fitzpatrick left the game, and no injury diagnosis was immediately released. He was seen on the sidelines and was not initially named by the Steelers due to injury.
Fitzpatrick finished the game again, as he blocked Jerome Ford’s 70-yard field goal to give the Browns the lead in the third quarter. The Steelers safety tackled Ford and stopped him just shy of the goal line. However, Fitzpatrick left again midway through the third quarter with a chest injury.
By then, Fitzpatrick had already had a game-changing game in this tournament. On the first play from scrimmage, Fitzpatrick threw a Deshaun Watson pass that ended up in the hands of Alex Highsmith, who completed the pick-six to give Pittsburgh an early lead. He finished the game with six tackles (five solo) and two pass breakups.