Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick set to play after appendectomy

PITTSBURGH — With no injury designation in the Pittsburgh Steelers final injury report, Pro Bowl safety Minkah Fitzpatrick will play against the Cincinnati Bengals a week after undergoing appendectomy.

“The concern is when they cut you open, they’re cutting through muscle, obviously to get into your stomach,” he said, also telling ESPN that doctors originally told him it could take anywhere from 10 days to two weeks he recovered. “So you just want to make sure that’s healed properly before you get out there and leave.”

Fitzpatrick had his appendix removed after the team went through Saturday before beating the New Orleans Saints. Less than a day later, he was at Acrisure Stadium to cheer on his teammates. Although he did not practice on Wednesday, Fitzpatrick participated in team conditioning on Tuesday and practiced fully on Thursday and Friday.

“That’s the dog in him, man,” security guard Damontae Kazee said. “I always tell Minkah when I go home I’m going to see a movie. I need to steal certain techniques from him that he does in training. So I think it’s pretty cool.”

Fitzpatrick was a major factor in the Steelers’ overtime win over the Bengals in Week 1 when he defeated Joe Burrow in the Bengals’ second play for a pick-6. He also finished with a team-high of 14 tackles.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/35054110/steelers-minkah-fitzpatrick-set-play-appendectomy Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick set to play after appendectomy

Emma Bowman

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