Steelers’ Hartley Could Miss Opener

Earlier this month, the Steelers lost kicker Shaun Suisham to a season-ending knee injury and subsequently signed Garrett Hartley as his replacement. Hartley might not be the solution, however, as he left Saturday’s loss to Buffalo with a hamstring injury. That could cost him at least the opener, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

“It didn’t look good. We have to MRI him but it didn’t look positive in terms of the opener,” Tomlin said, per Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review (Twitter link).

With Hartley ailing, the Steelers could once again turn to the free agent market to find a kicker. At the time of Suisham’s injury, the Steelers worked out Alex Henery, formerly of the Eagles and Lions, and journeyman free agent Jay Feely before settling on Hartley to take Suisham’s spot. It stands to reason that Henery or Feely could again be candidates to end up in Pittsburgh.

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  1. Steelers should pick up whichever kicker the Chargers [or possibly the Lions] cut in the coming days. Both guys [and potentially all 4] are better than the current free agent crop (assuming there’s a reason why the Steelers did not work out Shayne Graham after Suisham went down).

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