Steelers thin at tight end after Jesse James injury

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is upended by Tennessee Titans defensive back Kenny Vaccaro after a catch during the second quarter against at Heinz Field.Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh may need help after injury.

Pittsburgh is thin at the tight end position and could very well being hanging up a Help Wanted sign after seeing Jesse James go down in Saturday nights 16-6 win over Tennessee.

James suffered a contusion to his back, coach Mike Tomlin said after the game.

I dont know the severity Well give you an appropriate update when we get, Tomlin said of James injury.

James was injured leaping to catch a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter.

I was most disappointed throwing to him, Roethlisberger told reporters after the game. Weve had some good connections in the past. Thats on me. He was in the right spots. I was sailing [the football] a little bit. I hate that he got hit because of a pass I threw tonight.

The Steelers already were missing starter Vance McDonald, who has been out all of preseason with a foot injury. Backup Xavier Grimble (thumb/wrist) had surgery earlier in August.

Its possible that none of the three will be ready for Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.

James is entering his fourth year and coming off his best season when started 14 games and recorded 43 receptions and three touchdowns.