Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. was involved in a scary incident during the second quarter of the Week 15 battle against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Saturday.
On a 2nd-and-8 play for the Colts offense, Pittman was running a crossing route across the field when quarterback Gardner Minshew launched a slightly awry pass.
The young wide receiver dove for the ball and latched on to it before taking a vicious hit to his face from Steelers’ defensive back Damontae Kazee.
Pittman stayed on the turf after the hit, prompting the Colts’ medical staff to rush to the wide receiver’s aid. Players from both teams took a knee to pray for the wide receiver.
Pittman was having a spectacular game, catching four passes for 78 yards before the injury. Kazee was flagged for unnecessary roughness and was ejected from the game.
Michael Pittman Jr. injury update: WR out with concussion
A loud cheer erupted inside Lucas Oil Stadium as Michael Pittman Jr. sprung up after spending time on the turf receiving medical assistance. He walked off the field on his own accord, a positive outcome, given the circumstances.
Pittman was taken to the locker room for further evaluation and was eventually ruled out with a concussion. The wide receiver will now enter the NFL concussion protocol.
The Colts are engaged in a tight battle with the 8-5 Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC South division title.
They trail them by only half a game but are 0-2 against their division rivals this season. They will hope that the Baltimore Ravens beat the Jaguars on Sunday Night Football and keep their dreams of a division title alive.
The Colts’ 30-13 win over the Steelers saw them take a massive step towards the playoffs. They have won four of their last five games and will look to make it five in six in Atlanta next week. Indianapolis will hope that Michael Pittman Jr. also joins them on their trip to Georgia.