Friday update: Fitzpatrick will play in Week 4 against the Jets after being removed from the injury report.
Thursday update: Fitzpatrick practiced fully Thursday, which suggests no setbacks. He is on track to clear the concussion protocol for Week 4 against the Jets.
Wednesday update: Fitzpatrick practiced fully Wednesday, which is a good sign for the Steelers. The safety remains in concussion protocol but this is progress for the star and he should be on his way to getting cleared ahead of the Week 4 contest against the Jets.
The Pittsburgh Steelers may be without one of their top defensive playmakers for their Week 4 matchup against the New York Jets as head coach Mike Tomlin said during his press conference this afternoon that safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is in concussion protocol. Tomlin didn’t rule out the possibility of Fitzpatrick suiting up for the home matchup but he of course would have to clear protocol prior to Sunday’s showdown.
The two-time All-Pro has already made a huge impact for the Steelers defense this season. Through three games, he has 24 tackles and two interceptions, one of them being a pick-six. He also blocked a field goal against the Bengals in Week 1, sending the game into overtime where the Steelers eventually won.
Fantasy football implications
With T.J. Watt already missing time, losing Fitzpatrick would be a huge blow to the Steelers D/ST and fantasy managers who have the unit. The stable of young skill position players on the Jets would have a much easier time without Fitz on the field.