Brooke PryorESPN Staff WriterNov 2, 2023, 09:23 PM ET1 Minute Read
PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker Cole Holcomb was carted off with what coach Mike Tomlin called a “serious” knee injury late in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 20-16 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Matched up with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Holcomb was trailing on the play after quarterback Will Levis connected with Hopkins for a big gain. Steelers safety Keanu Neal came in to make the tackle on Hopkins, running into Holcomb’s knee after bringing Hopkins down.
Holcomb immediately clutched his left knee on the field as Steelers trainers rushed out to him. A cart came on quickly, and Holcomb was helped into the back as teammates gathered around him. He did not return.
Tomlin said his “thoughts and prayers” were with Holcomb, and said the team would likely have an update on the specifics of his injury “next time we come together.”
Holcomb, who signed with the Steelers in free agency after a four-year stint with the Washington Commanders, is a key part of a three-man inside linebacker rotation with Kwon Alexander and Elandon Roberts. Holcomb has 52 tackles this season, including four for a loss. He has also forced two fumbles and recovered another. Holcomb has played 85% of the defensive snaps for the Steelers this season.