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Steelers’ Stephon Tuitt out for year with torn pectoral

Stephon Tuitt, Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their fair share of injuries this season and they can add another crucial one to the list. According to Chris Mortensen, Stephon Tuitt is out for the year with a torn pectoral.

Tuitt tore his pectoral on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers as the Steelers won 24-17. The stalwart defensive tackle exited early from the game and it was discovered that he would be required to undergo surgery; effectively ending his season.

Over the past few seasons, Tuitt has become one of Pittsburgh’s cornerstones on the defensive side of the ball. Since the Steelers drafted him in 2014, the Notre Dame product has combined for 23.5 sacks, 202 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles.

This season alone, Tuitt was off to a fast start with 3.5 sacks, 22 tackles, and six tackles for loss. Now, the Steelers will have to replace his production for the rest of the season.

With Tuitt sidelined for the year, Tyson Alualu will likely see an increased share of the snaps in Pittsburgh’s defense. Alualu had a decent game in Week 6 where he had three tackles and a pass deflection that led to an interception for Devin Bush.

The veteran defensive tackle is in his third season with the Steelers and has started in seven games with the team. During his time in Pittsburgh, Alualu has accumulated five sacks, 73 tackles, and two deflections.

Aside from Tuitt, the Steelers are also without Ben Roethlisberger for the rest of the season and have had injuries to Mason Rudolph, Mark Barron, Steven Nelson, James Washington, and James Conner (among others).