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When Tuitt'>Stephon Tuitt was lost to a season-ending pectoral injury in Week 6, #Steelers  coach Mike Tomlin said replacing the hulking defensive end would require a collaborative effort. That message apparently didn’t get through to Javon Hargrave.

Taking advantage of increased playing time at end instead of his customary nose tackle spot, Javon Hargrave has made Stephon Tuitt’s absence negligible, and his play up front has helped spark a defensive resurgence for the 7-5 Steelers.

You got to give it to Mike Tomlin and his staff and players---overall resolve...People forget, Tuitt was a big loss of defense..Not to mention all the off season stuff with Chest...then injuries to starting QB, WR, RB and others... #Steelers 

Ben, Conner, JuJu, Tuitt, Foster, Sean Davis, Crosby, Hornqvist, Letang, Malkin, Bell, Polanco, Taillon ... obviously missing plenty of names on that list. Has 2019 been the worst year ever for Pittsburgh sports injuries?

The first game the #Steelers  played without Tuitt'>Stephon Tuitt featured an outside-the-box way of filling his spot in defensive subpackages

Related: Tyson Alualu says he's in pretty good shape and ready for increase in snaps with Tuitt out. How does he know he's in good shape? B/c he hears the rookies and young guys complaining at end of practice .... and he feels just fine.

The Steelers don't expect their identity on defense to change, even without Tuitt'>Stephon Tuitt. By @WillGravesAP :

Do It For Tuitt? Steelers D-line regroups minus injured star

Do It For Tuitt? Steelers D-line regroups minus injured star (from @AP )

Hargrave to ‘show what I can do' with Tuitt on IR


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Steelers selected Oklahoma St. WR James Washington in second round, where their track record is strong. Recent Steelers’ second-round picks include JuJu Smith-Schuster, Sean Davis, Stephon Tuitt and Le'Veon Bell.

A new single-season franchise record for sacks (56): 1️⃣2️⃣.0️⃣ Heyward 8️⃣.0️⃣ Williams 7️⃣.0️⃣ Watt 6️⃣.0️⃣ Dupree 4️⃣.0️⃣ Alualu, Hilton 3️⃣.0️⃣ Chickillo, Tuitt 2️⃣.0️⃣ Hargrave, Walton 1️⃣.0️⃣ Davis, Fort, Haden, Spence

Our defense has3️⃣4️⃣ total sacks this season (2nd in the NFL). 7️⃣.0️⃣ Heyward 6️⃣.0️⃣ Williams 4️⃣.0️⃣ Watt, Dupree 3️⃣.0️⃣ Chickillo 2️⃣.0️⃣ Hargrave, Alualu, Tuitt 1️⃣.0️⃣ Hilton, Haden, Walton, Harrison

The #Steelers  and DE Tuitt'>Stephon Tuitt have agreed on a 5-year, $60M extension, source said. Heavy on up-front money.

Some good news for the #Steelers . Source says DE Stephon Tuitt is week-to-week with a biceps injury. Not season-ending. “He’s OK,” one said.

We have signed DE Tuitt'>Stephon Tuitt to a new six-year deal through the 2022 season. MORE:

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Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt signed $61M deal Saturday. Today team fears he tore his biceps. Monday is MRI. If torn, his season would be over.