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Mike Tomlin Shares Incredibly Frustrating Calvin Austin III Injury Update

Jason Schandl
Calvin Austin III's latest injury update is incredibly frustrating news for Pittsburgh Steelers fans.
Calvin Austin III's latest injury update is incredibly frustrating news for Pittsburgh Steelers fans. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Calvin Austin III has been on the shelf with a foot injury suffered in the preseason opener all season. He was designated to return from injured reserve earlier this month, and time is running out to activate him this season.

The latest update from Mike Tomlin does not sound very optimistic.

This will frustrate Steelers fans on so many levels. First of all, it's hard not to be disappointed about not seeing Austin in action yet. The rookie ran a burning 4.32 40-yard dash and averaged over 16 yards per reception(not to mention 21.1 yards per carry on 8 rushes) at Memphis.

Secondly, using him as one of the players able to return from IR this season and potentially wasting the opportunity by failing to activate him within the window is a big blow from a roster management standpoint.

It's unclear whether the issue is with the team activating him before he was ready or Austin himself not working hard enough to be back on the field in time, but neither situation is a good one.

This offense needs a spark, and it's looking more and more like Austin won't be the one to provide it.

The betting markets have all but written Pittsburgh off entirely already. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds have them as massive +1850 underdogs to make the postseason.

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