No surgery for Keisel or Lewis

December 31, 2012 by Teresa Varley

Coach Mike Tomlin held his final press conference of the 2012 season on Monday, and one of the first areas he addressed was the health of the team, including some players who suffered injuries against the Browns.

Defensive end Brett Keisel and cornerback Keenan Lewis both suffered MCL sprains, but the good news is neither will require surgery.

Safety Ryan Clark suffered a severe contusion to his left quad and spent Sunday night hospitalized as a precaution.

“I have touched base with him this morning and he has been released,” said Tomlin. “He is resting comfortably at home. We did want to exercise caution with it to make sure nothing unfortunate developed in the middle of the night. He said it was uneventful and he’s well-rested.”

In addition Kelvin Beachum sustained a concussion, David DeCastro had a “severe” stinger, and Cameron Heyward suffered a broken rib against the Browns. 

The other injury news centered on players who previously suffered injuries, including tight end Heath Miller who had ACL and MCL reconstructive surgery.

“There is no timetable on his rehabilitation or the steps in that regard to this point,” said Tomlin.

Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke had surgery to have his shoulder reconstructed and running back Baron Batch had a plate inserted in his broken arm. There isn’t a timetable on either player’s recovery yet. Tomlin also said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not require any type of offseason surgery as a result of the rib injury he suffered earlier in the season.

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