Fans around the NFL are beginning to question Minkah Fitzpatrick’s football abilities after head coach revealed the safety had suffered an injury from falling off a bike. The setback will force him to the NFI (non-football injury) list ahead of the Steelers’ training camp.
Tomlin said that the accident occurred while Fitzpatrick was on vacation, detailing his starting defensive back’s current status.
“A few health-related things, Minkah will be placed on NFI. He sustained a wrist injury on vacation. I think he fell off a bike. It will create some short-term discomfort, but I don’t expect it to be an issue in the overall trajectory of his development and his place within this group… It’s just going to create some discomfort for him at the early stages of this.”
Fitzpatrick has shined since arriving to Pittsburgh in 2019. Over three seasons, he’s played in 46 games, picked off 11 passes, and scored a trio of touchdowns. He’s also racked up 144 tackles along the back line of the Steelers’ defense.
Luckily for Tomlin and Co., the setback isn’t expected to cause Fitzpatrick to miss time in the regular season, but this incident certainly has NFL fans questioning his abilities to perform at his safety position.
We’ve seen freak injuries occur to notable sports figures in the past, but the hilarity of this one has caused quite the react on social media.
NFL Fans React To Minkah Fitzpatrick’s Bike Accident
Fans were quick to respond upon hearing of Minkah Fitzpatrick’s bike injury. Many say his status as one of the league’s best safeties is now in question.
and people think he’s the best safety😂😂
— 🥋 (@KlutchKyler) July 26, 2022
eddie jackson wouldnt fall off a bike
— • (@bojackpick) July 26, 2022
Antoine Winfield better plus can ride a bike
— CB 🏴☠️ (@CannonKrewe) July 26, 2022
Are his bike riding abilities holding his Madden rating back?
His bike riding rating is why he's not a top 10 safety in Madden
— Rick Springfield Jr (@kalebhawkeyekj1) July 26, 2022
This is why he’s only an 87 on madden. See it makes sense now
— The Chiefs Report (@TheChiefsReport) July 26, 2022
Others are just reacting to the hilarity of the situation.
— Gavin (@Sh00ter_McGavin) July 26, 2022
LMFAO DUDE FELL OF A BIKE
— evin (@KayvonOjulari) July 26, 2022
Hopefully, Minkah will have a speedy recovery and return to the field. He won’t be able to live this one down, though.