Zach Banner‘s first season as Pittsburgh’s starting right tackle is likely over after one game.
The initial diagnosis for Banner’s knee injury is a torn ACL, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per a source informed of the situation. Banner will undergo an MRI to verify the injury, which will end his season if confirmed.
Banner suffered the injury late in Pittsburgh’s 26-16 win over the New York Giants on a game-sealing touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. While the Steelers enjoyed their first victory of 2020, Banner was visibly upset on the sideline as his teammates helped him move from one location to another, seemingly aware of his unfortunate outcome.
The former USC lineman is in his third professional season and second campaign with Pittsburgh after beginning his NFL career with Cleveland. Former Western Michigan lineman Chukwuma Okorafor is listed as Banner’s backup on Pittsburgh’s depth chart.
Elsewhere in Pittsburgh’s offense, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski (pectoral) and running back James Conner (ankle) are still being evaluated. Tomlin added the Steelers will “leave the light on” for Conner to play against the Broncos in Week 2.
Here are the other news, injuries and transactions we’re tracking on Tuesday:
- Denver Broncos cornerback A.J. Bouye suffered a dislocated shoulder Monday night, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. With tests still to come, the lingering question is how much associated damage Bouye suffered but there’s hope that he won’t miss much time, Garafolo added.
- Las Vegas Raiders tackle Trent Brown is not believed to have suffered a calf injury against the Panthers, Rapoport reported. Brown has a chance to play Monday night against the Saints.
- The Detroit Lions are placing cornerback Justin Coleman on injured reserve after he suffered a hamstring injury Sunday, Pelissero reported, per a source. Detroit’s hope is Coleman is ready to return when he’s eligible in three weeks.
- The Tennessee Titans have restructured safety Kevin Byard‘s contract for salary cap purposes, clearing $6.12 million in 2020 cap space, Pelissero reported. He still makes $9.1M this season. Byard is under contract through the 2024 season.
- Free-agent quarterback Shea Patterson is set to work out for the Baltimore Ravens this morning, Rapoport reported, per a source. Patterson, who played for Ole Miss and Michigan, recently spent time with the Chiefs.
- The Cincinnati Bengals are claiming kicker Austin Seibert off waivers from the Browns, Pelissero and Garafolo reported, per sources. Seibert was replaced in Cleveland by Cody Parkey and now has an opportunity to replace Randy Bullock in Cincinnati and kick against his former team on Thursday night.
- The Philadelphia Eagles are placing defensive end Vinny Curry (hamstring) and cornerback Craig James (thigh) on injured reserve. Philadelphia signed guard Sua Opeta to the active roster and tight end Jordan Franks to the practice squad.