Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jake Butt breaks leg during preseason opener
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jake Butt has broken his leg in a preseason game.
He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
The injury happened in the first quarter of Saturday night’s preseason game between the Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.
Bucs coach Mike Tomlin said he believed the injury occurred when the wide receiver ran in the end zone with no time to react.
“It’s something we’ll be talking about, it’s something that we’ll take care of,” Tomlin told reporters.
“It was a good play.
I just thought it was the best play that we’ve seen in the preseason.
It was an unfortunate situation.”
The injury is the third of Butt’s career.
The first came in 2013, when he broke his ankle.
He has also had ankle, knee, wrist and shoulder injuries.
Tomlin said the team will evaluate the damage to Butt’s ligaments and see if there is a repair.
He said he doesn’t know if the injury was a result of a collision with a defender or a hit from a ballcarrier.
“We’re going to continue to take care and assess it, and then we’ll determine if there’s any way to fix it,” Tomlins said.
Despite the injury, the Steelers will play the rest of the season without Butt.
He will likely be sidelined for at least another month.
A Steelers spokesman said that the team is waiting for an MRI to be performed to confirm the injury.
This is the first time that Butt has suffered an injury during an NFL preseason.
Last season, he was injured on a kickoff return in the final minutes of the regular season finale.