Steelers' Mitchell says he's not making 'story' about groin injury

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell stands with coach Mike Tomlin on the side line during a game against the Jets Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at MetLife Stadium.
Steelers safety Mike Mitchell stands with coach Mike Tomlin on the side line during a game against the Jets Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at MetLife Stadium.
Photo by Christopher Horner | Trib Total Media
| Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

Mike Mitchell didn't have as good of a first season with the Steelers as he wanted, but he also had a pretty good reason why — a torn groin.

Mitchell injured his groin before the start of training camp but played through it.

Mitchell started all 17 games, including the playoff loss to Baltimore on Saturday. He will have surgery on his groin later in the week.

“If you have to get it surgically repaired, it's pretty (bad),” Mitchell said. “I am not trying to make this a story. Sometimes I have to be able to talk to you like human beings.”

Mitchell, who signed a five-year, $25 million free agent contract in March to be paired with Troy Polamalu, had an uneven season. He was second on the team with 70 tackles and first with two forced fumbles but also allowed a handful of passes get behind him, and he had two helmet-to-helmet penalties called on him.

Mitchell originally injured his groin during offseason workouts leading up to the start of training camp. He didn't offer any details on how he got hurt other than that it happened while he was preparing for camp.

“That's why I missed the beginning of camp,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell spent 10 days on the physically unable to perform list before being activated Aug. 4.

Mitchell didn't sit out practice until a span midway through the year when he was held out of a Wednesday practice for five consecutive weeks. The Steelers said his absence was non-injury related.

Mitchell sat out a Week 16 Wednesday practice leading up the Chiefs game because of a sore groin.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at mkaboly@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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