The Pittsburgh Steelers need all hands on deck ahead of their upcoming divisional clash with the Cleveland Browns.
That’s why they just got some great news, as they just opened the 21-day return window for star TE Pat Freiermuth and fully expect him to be back on the field in Week 11, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Steelers are opening the 21-day practice window on TE Pat Freiermuth and he is tracking to play Sunday against the Browns, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 15, 2023
According to HC Mike Tomlin, he’s quite confident about where Freiermuth is in his recovery.
The third-year pro has been out with a hamstring injury since Week 4, being placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) list after suffering a setback in Week 7.
He’s expected to be activated at some point in the week and is going to practice fully.
The Steelers have already made moves to accommodate him on their roster, placing LB Kwon Alexander on IR and releasing DT Breiden Fehoko.
They will also reportedly elevate LBs Tariq Carpenter and Mykal Walker from their practice squad, according to a report by Sports Illustrated.
Freiermuth was expected to have a prominent role in the passing game this season, but that hasn’t been the case thus far because of this injury and the team’s offensive woes.
Even so, two of his eight receptions have gone for touchdowns, so it’s not like he hasn’t done his part to help Kenny Pickett and Matt Canada’s struggling offense.
Now, the team will have until Saturday at 4:00 PM (ET) to activate him if they want to get him on the field for Sunday’s must-win clash against Deshaun Watson and company.