If T.J. Watt feels as if he can’t stand in the best way of Minkah Fitzpatrick doing one thing, neither can a small vestigial organ on the junction of Fitzpatrick’s giant and small intestines.
Six days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Fitzpatrick on Friday was not listed on the league-mandated standing report launched by the Pittsburgh Steelers for Sunday’s sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals. That signifies Fitzpatrick has been cleared to play after training fully on both Thursday and Friday.
“He’s a cussed man, so he sort of does what he desires and all of us sort of all fall in line,” Watt mentioned, tongue-in-cheek, Friday when requested about Fitzpatrick’s standing. “I’m joyful that he’s going to attempt to go.
“He’s a dynamic participant for us.”
A two-time first-team All Professional who in July signed a contract that on the time made him the NFL’s highest-paid security, Fitzpatrick didn’t play on this previous Sunday’s win towards the New Orleans Saints as a result of he had his appendix surgically eliminated less than 24 hours prior.
However Fitzpatrick made it to Acrisure Stadium to look at the sport Sunday, and he was within the Steelers’ facility Monday. Though he didn’t observe with the group Wednesday, Fitzpatrick did run beforehand. He was not restricted in both of the following two days’ practices.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, presumably on his return type his appendectomy (however I’m not sure as a result of I couldn’t hear above what was one thing of a battle royale pile-up of gamers in center of the locker room) pic.twitter.com/NupkVHSaR0
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“He’s positively again there (within the secondary) trying to choose one thing off, and even within the run sport he exhibits up, in order that’s a complete security,” Steelers linebacker Myles Jack mentioned. “That’s a man which you can’t actually replicate. He’s a (heck) of a participant.”
Regardless of lacking two video games (a knee harm saved him out of an October win towards Tampa Bay), Fitzpatrick is third on the Steelers in general tackles (45) and solo tackles (28) and has a team-high three interceptions. A type of was returned for a landing throughout the season-opening win on the Bengals.
When Ben Roethlisberger missed the 2006 season opener due to an appendectomy, he additionally solely missed one sport — however the timing of the surgical procedure meant he performed 15 days after the process. Fitzpatrick is enjoying on the eighth day after his appendix was eliminated.