It was something we all knew Thursday night the moment Cole Holcomb exited the field at Acrisure via medical cart. The Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed today that Holcomb is on injured reserve, ending his first season in the Black and Gold.
Pittsburgh cleaned inside linebacker house in the offseason and brought Holcomb in on a three-year deal as part of the rebuild. He emerged as the team’s top inside linebacker, having recorded 59 tackles, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Other offseason additions, Kwon Alexander and Elandon Roberts, will have increased roles. Roberts started all games but one — versus the Las Vegas Raiders — when Alexander had his only start. Second-year linebacker Mark Robinson, a 2022 seventh-round draft pick, could also see some time, but the team will likely add another free agent.