Pittsburgh Steelers fans, already in a tizzy after the NFL rescheduled their game with the Baltimore Ravens multiple times, are frothing at the mouth.
Defensive end Bud Dupree reportedly tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Wednesday afternoon’s 19-14 win over the Ravens.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network tweeted out details after the game.
Meanwhile, in his postgame press conference, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated that Dupree was injured, being evaluated, and that Tomlin would likely have an update on Thursday, but nothing more.
It was a disjointed week of game-planning with the game first scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, then for Sunday night, then Tuesday night, then Wednesday afternoon — and the play reflected that.
Also, Steelers receivers dropped five passes — including three in the red zone in the first half, the most for any team in a game over the past three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The five drops were the most for the team in the past 15 seasons, matching games in 2019 against the Rams and 2007 against the Browns.
Additionally, coming into Wednesday, Dupree, a 2015 first-rounder, had eight sacks (second on the team) and left Wednesday with five tackles.
One fan watching the game happened to catch the moment that Dupree injured himself with under six minutes left in the game.
Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Respond To Dupree Injury News
Obviously, Steelers fans are beside themselves after seeing Dupree go down with his injury.
They are taking to Twitter and are offering prayers, support, and love for Dupree in light of the news.
Steelers Face Another Delayed Game With Washington
The Steelers are all set to play the Washington Football Team on Monday afternoon.
The NFL announced that the game, originally scheduled for Sunday, will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Monday.
The Steelers’ issue is a result of the National Football League trying to fit in the Steelers-Ravens game.
A severe COVID-19 outbreak is currently hitting the Ravens’ organization.
Also, more than 20 Ravens players are on the reserve/COVID list, including starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, according to CBSSports.com.
The Steelers face COVID-19 issues themselves as a number of players also are on the reserve/COVID list.
In November, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found himself on the list with teammate Vance McDonald. Roethlisberger, Jerald Hawkins, Jaylen Samuels, and Vince Williams were isolated for five days.
The players were not able to return to the UPMC Rooney practice facility during that time.