Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick Put on NFI List with Wrist Injury Suffered Riding Bike

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Star quarterback Minkah Fitzpatrick of the Pittsburgh Steelers will begin training camp on the non-football injury list.

According to head coach Mike Tomlin, who disclosed this to the media on Tuesday, Fitzpatrick is thought to have injured his wrist after he fell off a bike.

Tomlin acknowledged that his star safety is experiencing some discomfort, but he doesn't believe this to be a severe problem.

When fit, Fitzpatrick is a vital component of one of the NFL's best defences, so any absence from the lineup might be disastrous.

Since the Pittsburgh Steelers acquired the 25-year-old in a deal with the Miami Dolphins, he has been a dynamic presence for the team.

Fitzpatrick cost Pittsburgh a first-round pick in 2020, but after being named to the first team of the All-Pro in each of the previous two seasons, it was well worth it.

The versatile player played in 30 regular-season games for Pittsburgh in 2019โ€“20, recording nine interceptions and three defensive touchdowns.

In terms of approximate worth in the NFL in 2019, he tied for third place with other defensive players.

Fitzpatrick had 124 tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble in 2021, leading the team.

Pittsburgh's secondary could suffer greatly from an injury, but Damontae Kazee can step up until the team is back to full strength.

Veterans of the Steelers had until Tuesday to report to camp. Their first public practice will be on Wednesday, and their first padded practice will be on August 1.