Injury Update on Pittsburgh Steelers Tight End Pat Freiermuth

The Pittsburgh Steelers narrowly missed the playoffs despite beating the Cleveland Browns 28-14 in Week 18 and finishing the season 9-8, but at least they avoided catastrophe with one of their most promising young stars. According to head coach Mike Tomlin at his Monday press conference, tight end Pat Freiermuth has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain and will not require surgery.

Freiermuth exited after 46 snaps in Sunday's game after his leg was rolled over by a defender. He failed to nab either of his two targets, but he ended the season with a solid 732 yards and two touchdowns on 63 receptions.

The relative modesty of the injury is great news for Freiermuth. He should be able to recover comfortably before any offseason work or team activities require his presence. He improved steadily from his first to second year, and another jump this offseason could help him land among the conference's elite tight ends in his third year.

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