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Steelers Lose Rookie Defender to Injured Reserve

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost rookie defender DeMarvin Leal to the IR on Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost rookie defender DeMarvin Leal to the IR on Saturday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Pittsburgh Steelers are already dealing with a variety of injury issues on defense, and the news continued to get worse on Saturday afternoon. Four defenders have already been ruled out ahead of Week 6's clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now the team loses some depth on the defensive line.

Rookie defensive end DeMarvin Leal missed Friday's practice, unexpectedly, with a knee injury. The news took a turn on Saturday when Pittsburgh placed the third round draft pick on the IR.

It's being called a knee injury. In a corresponding move, the Steelers added defensive backs Josh Jackson, Quincy Wilson and Elijah Riley to the active roster.

Leal's loss is more of a depth issue for the pass-rush considering Larry Ogunjobi and Cameron Heyward are both healthy and appear ready to play Sunday. On the other hand, the Steelers ruled out CBs Cameron Sutton, Ahkello Witherspoon and Levi Wallace, in addition to S Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The Steelers enter this Week 6 clash as heavy 10-point underdogs, according to NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. This defense could be in for a long day against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers' offense.

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