While the NFL world is very focused on the concussion protocols that were followed or not followed regarding Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagolaivoa, the Pittsburgh Steelers shared some good news regarding safety Minkah Fitzpatrick following his concussion last weekend.
The Steelers placed Fitzpatrick in concussion protocol on Monday following the team’s loss to the Cleveland Browns last week. It would have been a crushing blow to lose him for the upcoming weekend when the team is already dealing with T.J. Watt’s absence on defense.
However, the Steelers announced Friday that Fitzpatrick had cleared concussion protocol and was eligible to play on Sunday against the New York Jets.
Minkah Fitzpatrick has cleared concussion protocol. After a complete week of full participation in practice and no injury designation, he is good to go Sunday against the Jets.
— Chris Halicke (@ChrisHalicke) September 30, 2022
It’s would have been a huge loss for the Steelers as Fitzpatrick has been putting up some very strong numbers and performances so far this season. The fifth-year player started the year with a pick-six in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. He then blocked an extra point that helped Pittsburgh win the game en route to being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. In total, Fitzpatrick has 24 tackles, two pass breakups, and two interceptions so far.
Now the Steelers are waiting to determine whether or not cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon will play. He’s currently listed as questionable and sat out of practice all week with a hamstring injury.