Higgins left the game in the second quarter after he was hit following a 9-yard completion. The collision with multiple Steelers jarred Higgins’ helmet loose and he was slow to get up and return to the sideline.
After a brief evaluation in the team’s injury tent, he was taken to the locker room. He was officially declared out at halftime.
Higgins’ injury added to Cincinnati’s woes in their first game since Super Bowl LVI. The reigning AFC champions committed four turnovers in the opening half. Quarterback Joe Burrow was intercepted three times and also lost a fumble. Pittsburgh capitalized on those mistakes to take a 17-6 lead at halftime.
Burrow threw another interception in the second half.