The worst phrase in football to hear when you find out someone left the field early: "Non-contact injury."
Not to be a half-glass-empty type of person, but those are usually the ones that are the worst. Just ask Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz and J.J. Watt—superstars that had their seasons cut short way too soon for the same reason.
For Steelers star corner Artie Burns, we're hoping he does not suffer the same fate, especially in the postseason as the team prepares for a potential Super Bowl run.
Steelers CB Artie Burns left practice after suffering a non-contact right knee injury, confirmed to @TheAthleticPIT by both Mike Hilton and Cam Sutton. Burns wasn't in the locker room following practice. Sutton would start if Burns can't go on Sunday.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) January 10, 2018
Horrible break, especially mid-week, and although not much information on the injury is clear, there is some bright news in this mess.
This is true. I’m told the ligaments are intact. Quite a scare, though. https://t.co/RLNWQD6NPp— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2018
Great sign for the second-year man out of Miami and his overall health and career.
Unfortunately for the short term, it's unclear if he'll be good for the upcoming matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who sport the league's best defense themselves.
Artie Burns suffered a non-contact knee injury in practice today. His status is unknown... #Steelers— SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) January 10, 2018
We'll update you with more information as Burns's status is made clear.