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Mike Tomlin had his weekly press conference today with the media, and two players were added to the injury list. Alex Highsmith is the latest player who is dealing with a groin injury, joining Joe Haden, Devin Bush and T.J. Watt. And Ben Roethlisberger, who took 10 hits and was sacked twice by the Raiders on Sunday, is dealing with a left pectoral injury, Tomlin confirmed.
Tomlin said Roethlisberger's injury will affect his preparation ability - and "We'd better be ready to be adjustable." So, be prepared for Mason Rudolph if Roethlisberger isn't good to go by Sunday.
Tomlin wasn't aware of how Roethlisberger's injury occurred on Sunday against the Raiders.
"I don't know specifically when Ben got injured in-game," Tomlin said. "I don't know that he does. You know, sometimes just in the midst of competition, adrenaline and so forth, you just don't know. Sometimes things just come up after."
Tomlin was asked if his 39-year-old quarterback took too many hits on Sunday, and this was his response. ... "Yeah. He did. He took too many hits."
Even though the offensive line has been subpar through two games, Tomlin said he's not considering any changes upfront.
In addition to the four players dealing with groin injuries and Roethlisberger's left pectoral injury, Tomlin said Diontae Johnson is looking better, "not to be confused with great," with his knee injury. Johnson suffered a knee injury on the final play against the Raiders.
Tyson Alualu was placed on injured reserve yesterday after suffering a fractured right ankle in the first quarter against the Raiders. Tomlin said Alualu had surgery on Monday. The Steelers promoted defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux from the practice squad to take Alualu's roster spot.