Obviously, if there's a chance for him to participate with our team this year, we'll leave that light on. He at least has been declared out for Thursday's action against the Tennessee Titans, which could be a pivotal game in each team's push toward the playoffs. "But really, we know he's not playing this week as I stand here". Both players left Sunday's game with ankle injuries, but only McDonald returned.
"We're still in the process of evaluating Joe's leg injury", Tomlin said Monday during his press conference. "Obviously, there's not a lot of physical participation to measure but he has a chance and we'll leave the light on for him".
However, according to ProFootballTalk, Haden's fracture is "slight", and he should only miss three weeks with no surgery required. Pro Football Talk reported Haden will only miss three weeks, and Fowler suggests the corner has a good shot to beat his six-week timetable.
Haden, signed one day after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns in late August, went down early during the Steelers' 20-17 victory in Indianapolis.
His loss will test the depth of their secondary as veteran defensive back Coty Sensabaugh is expected to assume the starting duties with Haden out of the lineup.